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CURIE, Marie.

Traité de radioactivité.

Paris, Gauthier-Villars, 1910 Stock Code: 140286
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First edition of a milestone of 20th-century science. "Marie Curie's first major treatise is based upon her lectures at the Sorbonne as professor of physics. Almost 1,000 pages in length, the text is the most comprehensive summary of the period. Volume one treats measurements and laboratory practice and volume two describes the nature of radiations and the properties of radioactive substances. Volume one has a portrait in heliogravure of Pierre Curie, whose position at the Sorbonne she occupied after his death" (Grolier, Extraordinary Women).

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2 volumes, large octavo (252 x 162 mm). Bound preserving the original orange printed card wrappers in red cloth, spines lettered and ruled in gilt, edges uncut.


Heliogravure portrait frontispiece of Pierre Curie by Dujardin, printed by C. Wittmann, mounted on India paper with tissue guard, to vol. 1; 7 black-and-white plates, of which 6 photographic (I-II in vol. 1, III-VII in vol. 2); numerous diagrams and table


Ownership signatures, "H. Céolié", to half-titles in ink. Spine ends and corners gently bumped, a few negligible marks to cloth, else the binding in fine condition; wrappers soiled but remaining bright, the front wrapper to vol. 1 carefully laid down, others with evidence of early paper and tape repair at inner margins; contents crisp and generally clean, some leaves unopened and others browned, tiny short closed tear to vol. 1 pp. 1/2 and a few intelligent pencil annotations correcting sums or text, gutter between half-title and title of vol. 2 strengthened with paper. Overall a very good, well-preserved copy.


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