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  • First Edition of Jacques Yves Cousteau's Dolphins; Inscribed by Him

    COUSTEAU, Jacques-Yves and Philippe Diole .

    Dolphins.

    London : Cassell, 1975.

    First edition of this classic work by Jacques Cousteau. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with 105 photographs in full color. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title page, “Bettina! JY Cousteau.” The recipient was an international lawyer for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), met with and worked with Cousteau in Monaco on several occasions during the 1970s and 1980s. During this time, Cousteau was the director of the Musee Oceanographique in Monaco (1957-1988), where the recipient was working on drafting an agreement between the IAEA and Monaco to establish an oceanographic lab (Laboratory of Marine Radioactivity) for joint research at the Musee Oceanographique in Monaco. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Translated from the French by J.F. Bernard. Books signed by Cousteau are uncommon. 

    Price: $1,750.00     Item Number: 120342

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  • First Edition of Edward O. Wilson's Tales from the Ant World; Signed by Him with a Drawing of an Ant

    WILSON, Edward O.

    Tales from the Ant World.

    New York : Liveright Publishing Corp, 2020.

    First edition of this work which recalls Wilson’s lifetime with ants, from his first boyhood encounters in the woods of Alabama to perilous journeys into the Brazilian rainforest. Octavo, original boards, illustrated. Signed by Edward O. Wilson on the title page with a drawing of an ant. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $275.00     Item Number: 120823

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  • First Edition of Albert Einstein's Relativity; In the rare original dust jacket.

    EINSTEIN, Albert.

    Relativity: The Special And General Theory.

    London: Methuen and Co, 1920.

    First edition of the scientist’s ground breaking work. Octavo, original red cloth, frontispiece of the author and with five diagrams. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with light rubbing. Translated by Robert W. Lawson. An exceptional example, scarce in the original dust jacket and in this condition.

    Price: $25,000.00     Item Number: 120740

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  • "Wallace embraces the incompatibility of mathematics and prose and makes art from it": First Edition of Everything And More; Signed by David Foster Wallace

    WALLACE, David Foster.

    Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity.

    New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2003.

    First edition of this work which examines the history of infinity, focusing primarily on the work of Georg Cantor, the 19th-century German mathematician who created set theory. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by David Foster Wallace on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Base Art Co./ Terry Rohrbach.

    Price: $975.00     Item Number: 120564

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  • Lost Moon. The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13; Signed by Jim Lovell and Jeffrey Kluger

    LOVELL, Jim and Jeffrey Kluger.

    Lost Moon. The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13.

    Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1994.

    First edition, early printing of this work, the basis of the 1995 film adaptation Apollo 13, directed by Ron Howard, starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Bill Paxton, Ed Harris, and Gary Sinise. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated endpapers, illustrated throughout. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page, “To Tom Best Wishes James Lovell.” Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $250.00     Item Number: 120544

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  • From the library of Stephen Hawking with his name SW Hawking, on the front free endpaper

    MATZNER, Richard A. and L.C. Sheply (editors).

    Spacetime and Geometry: The Alfred Schild Lectures.

    Austin: University of Texas Press, 1982.

    First edition of this work on space. Octavo, original cloth. From the library of Stephen Hawking with his name written on the front free endpaper. Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. Hawking’s scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. He was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Hawking may be one of the most recognizable of theoretical physicists in part due to ALS, which gradually paralyzed him over the decades. After the loss of his speech, he was able to communicate through a speech-generating device—initially through use of a handheld switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle. He is also well known since he achieved commercial success with several works of popular science in which he discussed his theories and cosmology in general. His book, A Brief History of Time, appeared on the Sunday Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. Hawking’s works are mentioned a number of times in these lectures, as Hawking published ‘Singularities and the geometry of space-time’ in 1966, and he and mathematician George Ellis wrote a treatise in 1973 entitled, The Large Scale Structure of Space-Time. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. An exceptional association from this giant in the world of theoretical physics.

    Price: $4,000.00     Item Number: 119377

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  • From the library of Stephen Hawking

    SCHATZMAN, Evry (editor).

    Cargèse Lectures in Physics, Volume Six.

    New York : Gordon and Breach, 1973.

    First edition of this work. Octavo, original cloth. From the library of Stephen Hawking with his name written on the front free endpaper. Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. Hawking’s scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. He was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Hawking may be one of the most recognizable of theoretical physicists in part due to ALS, which gradually paralyzed him over the decades. After the loss of his speech, he was able to communicate through a speech-generating device—initially through use of a handheld switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle.  He is also well known since he achieved commercial success with several works of popular science in which he discussed his theories and cosmology in general. His book, A Brief History of Time, appeared on the Sunday Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. In very good condition. A nice collectible from this giant in the world of theoretical physics.

    Price: $3,500.00     Item Number: 115754

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  • From the library of Stephen Hawking, with his name on the front free end page

    KRAMER, D; H. Stephani.

    Exact Solutions of Einstein’s Field Equations

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1980.

    First edition of this work on Einstein. Octavo, original cloth. From the library of Stephen Hawking with his name written on the front free endpaper. Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. Hawking’s scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. He was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Hawking may be one of the most recognizable of theoretical physicists in part due to ALS, which gradually paralyzed him over the decades. After the loss of his speech, he was able to communicate through a speech-generating device—initially through use of a handheld switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle.  He is also well known since he achieved commercial success with several works of popular science in which he discussed his theories and cosmology in general. His book, A Brief History of Time, appeared on the Sunday Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. A nice collectible from this giant in the world of theoretical physics.

    Price: $4,000.00     Item Number: 119458

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  • From the library of Stephen Hawking

    BERRY, Michael [Stephen Hawking].

    Principles of Cosmology and Gravitation.

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976.

    First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original wrappers. From the library of Stephen Hawking with his name written on the front free end page. Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. Hawking’s scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. He was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Hawking may be one of the most recognizable of theoretical physicists in part due to ALS, which gradually paralyzed him over the decades. After the loss of his speech, he was able to communicate through a speech-generating device—initially through use of a handheld switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle. He is also well known since he achieved commercial success with several works of popular science in which he discussed his theories and cosmology in general. His book, A Brief History of Time, appeared on the Sunday Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. In near fine condition. A nice association from this giant in the world of theoretical physics.

    Price: $2,500.00     Item Number: 119527

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  • From the Library of Stephen Hawking with his Signature

    COLLINS, P.D.B. [Stephen Hawking].

    An Introduction to Regge Theory and High Energy Physics.

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1977.

    First edition of this work on Regge Theory. Octavo, original cloth. From the library of Stephen Hawking, with his signature to the front free end page, from his secretary. Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. Hawking’s scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. He was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Hawking may be one of the most recognizable of theoretical physicists in part due to ALS, which gradually paralyzed him over the decades. After the loss of his speech, he was able to communicate through a speech-generating device—initially through use of a handheld switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle. He is also well known since he achieved commercial success with several works of popular science in which he discussed his theories and cosmology in general. His book, A Brief History of Time, appeared on the Sunday Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. A nice association from this giant in the world of theoretical physics.

    Price: $3,000.00     Item Number: 119369

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  • From the library of Stephen Hawking

    TAYLOR, J.C. [Stephen Hawking].

    Gauge Theories of Weak Interactions.

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1976.

    First edition of this work on gauge theory. Octavo, original cloth. From the library of Stephen Hawking, with his signature on the front free endpaper. Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. Hawking’s scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. He was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Hawking may be one of the most recognizable of theoretical physicists in part due to ALS, which gradually paralyzed him over the decades. After the loss of his speech, he was able to communicate through a speech-generating device—initially through use of a handheld switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle. He is also well known since he achieved commercial success with several works of popular science in which he discussed his theories and cosmology in general. His book, A Brief History of Time, appeared on the Sunday Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. A nice association from this giant in the world of theoretical physics.

    Price: $3,000.00     Item Number: 119299

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  • First Edition of Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth; Signed by Him

    GORE, Al.

    An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It.

    Emmaus, PA: Rodale, 2006.

    First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers, illustrated throughout. Signed by Al Gore on the title page. In fine condition.

    Price: $275.00     Item Number: 120399

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  • From the Library of Stephen Hawking

    DRAKE, Stillman [Stephen Hawking].

    Galileo At Work: His Scientific Biography.

    Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1978.

    First edition of this work on Galileo. Octavo, original cloth. From the library of Stephen Hawking. Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. Hawking’s scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. He was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Hawking may be one of the most recognizable of theoretical physicists in part due to ALS, which gradually paralyzed him over the decades. After the loss of his speech, he was able to communicate through a speech-generating device—initially through use of a handheld switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle.  He is also well known since he achieved commercial success with several works of popular science in which he discussed his theories and cosmology in general. His book A Brief History of Time appeared on the Sunday Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. In this book, Hawking details some of the history of Galileo and most likely used this book as a reference. Very good in a very good dust jacket.

    Price: $2,500.00     Item Number: 119347

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  • "For Stephen Hawking with best regards of all the Editors": Inscribed to Stephen Hawking; From his Personal library

    [STEPHEN HAWKING] KOLB, Edward W..

    Inner Space / Outer Space. The Interface Between Cosmology and Particle Physics.

    Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986.

    First edition of this work on cosmology. Octavo, original wrappers in near fine condition. Presentation inscription on loosely inserted sheet of paper, “For Stephen Hawking with best regards of all the Editors.” Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. Hawking’s scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. He was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Hawking may be one of the most recognizable of theoretical physicists in part due to ALS, which gradually paralyzed him over the decades. After the loss of his speech, he was able to communicate through a speech-generating device—initially through use of a handheld switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle. He is also well known since he achieved commercial success with several works of popular science in which he discussed his theories and cosmology in general. His book A Brief History of Time appeared on the Sunday Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. A nice association linking these giants in the study of physics and space.

    Price: $5,000.00     Item Number: 119362

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  • From the Library of Stephen Hawking

    GJERTSEN, Derek [Stephen Hawking].

     The Newton Handbook. 

    London: Routledge and Kegan Paul , 1986.

    First edition of this work on Newton. Octavo, original cloth. From the library of Stephen Hawking. Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who, like Newton, held the post as Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. Both Newton and Hawking’s scientific works focused on gravity, with Hawking’s research mainly looking at gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. He was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Hawking may be one of the most recognizable of theoretical physicists in part due to ALS, which gradually paralyzed him over the decades. After the loss of his speech, he was able to communicate through a speech-generating device—initially through use of a handheld switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle. He is also well known since he achieved commercial success with several works of popular science in which he discussed his theories and cosmology in general. His book, A Brief History of Time, appeared on the Sunday Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. In this book, Hawking called Sir Isaac Newton’s Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, probably the most important single work ever published in the physical sciences. He refers to Newton at least 70 times in this work and most likely used The Newton Handbook as a resource. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. A wonderful association linking Hawking and Newton, made all the more interesting as Hawking is buried next to Newton in Westminster Abbey.

    Price: $1,600.00     Item Number: 119543

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  • Godel's Proof; From the Library of Stephen Hawking

    NAGEL, Ernest and James R. Newman [Stephen Hawking].

    Gödel’s Proof.

    London: Routledge and Kegan Paul Ltd, 1964.

    Early printing of this work on Godel. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. From the library of physicist Stephen Hawking. Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. Hawking’s scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. He was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Hawking may be one of the most recognizable of theoretical physicists in part due to ALS, which gradually paralyzed him over the decades. After the loss of his speech, he was able to communicate through a speech-generating device—initially through use of a handheld switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle. He is also well known since he achieved commercial success with several works of popular science in which he discussed his theories and cosmology in general. His book A Brief History of Time appeared on the Sunday Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. The Universe in a Nutshell, which many consider a sequel to A Brief History, explains to a general audience various matters such as Gödel’s Incompleteness Theorem. Hawking also gave a sold-out lecture at Texas A&M University entitled “Gödel and the End of Physics” in which he said, “Gödel’s theorem ensured there would always be a job for mathematicians. I think M theory will do the same for physicists.” This book was likely used in Hawking’s research in writing The Universe in a Nutshell and his other writings on this topic. A wonderful association.

    Price: $1,750.00     Item Number: 119482

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  • From the Library of Stephen Hawking, Inscribed to him by the editors

    RUTHERFORD, Ernest [Stephen Hawking].

    The Collected Papers of Lord Rutherford of Nelson O.M., F.R.S

    London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd, 1962.

    First editions of this work, from the library of Stephen Hawking with a presentation inscription, “To Stephen Hawking To mark the International Relativity Conference, Cambridge, June 1976, the papers of the Cambridge genius of an earlier generation. G. L. W.” Stephen Hawking was a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. Hawking’s scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. He was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Hawking may be one of the most recognizable of theoretical physicists in part due to ALS, which gradually paralyzed him over the decades. After the loss of his speech, he was able to communicate through a speech-generating device—initially through use of a handheld switch, and eventually by using a single cheek muscle.  He is also well known since he achieved commercial success with several works of popular science in which he discussed his theories and cosmology in general. His book, A Brief History of Time, appeared on the Sunday Times bestseller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks and mentions the works of Rutherford a number of times. He most likely used this book as a resource. A nice association linking these two great physicists, who are both buried near one another at Westminster Abbey in London. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in near fine dust jackets.

    Price: $7,500.00     Item Number: 119358

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  • First Edition of One Man's World; Inscribed to Andrew Young

    SINGH, Karan [Andrew Young].

    One Man’s World.

    New Dehli: Allied Publishers Private Limited , 1986.

    First edition of this work by the Indian politician. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper to fellow politician Andrew Young, “To Mayor Andrew Young, a fellow citizen of the world. With warm personal regards Cornell Karan Singh 4 April 1986.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. Edited by Kishore Gandhi. A nice association.

    Price: $275.00     Item Number: 119481

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  • Rare First Edition of Neil Armstrong's The Society of Experimental Test Pilots: 9th Annual Symposium Proceedings

    ARMSTRONG, Neil and Lt.Col. James A. McDivitt.

    The Society of Experimental Test Pilots: 9th Annual Symposium Proceedings – 1965 Report to the Aerospace Profession.

    Lancaster, California: Society of Experimental Test Pilots, 1965.

    First edition of this early work by Neil Armstrong, who contributed the article, Gemini Manned Flight Program To Date. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers, illustrated with photographs, drawings, tables, and charts. In near fine condition.

    Price: $850.00     Item Number: 119467

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  • Rare Contemporary Autographs of Each the 1962 Nobel Prize-Winning Scientists

    WATSON, James D.; Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins.

    James D. Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins Autographs.

    1962.

    Signatures of each of the scientists who shared the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, each signed during the Nobel Week of 1962, “James Dewey Watson, December 5, 1962,” “Francis Crick, 10th December 1962,” and “M. H. F. Wilkins,” each signed on individual off-white cards, with a portrait of each above. In fine condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 23.5 inches. Contemporary signatures of these scientists are rare.

    Price: $3,500.00     Item Number: 117398

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