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  • "The Greatest Work In The History of Science": First complete Edition in English of Newton’s Principia; in the original boards

    NEWTON, Isaac.

    The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy.

    London: Printed for H.D. Symonds, 1803.

    First complete edition in English of Sir Isaac Newton’s Principia, the greatest work of physics, in the exceedingly rare original boards. Octavo, 3 volumes, bound in original boards, uncut, 54 folding copper-engraved plates of diagrams and figures, all but one folding; 2 folding tables. with 22 folding. In near fine condition with light toning to the text. An exceptional example, rare and desirable in the original boards. Housed in a custom clamshell box.

    Price: $20,000.00     Item Number: 122898

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  • Margaret Mead's Male and Female; Inscribed by Her in the year of publication

    MEAD, Margaret.

    Male and Female: A Study of the Sexes in a Changing World.

    New York: William Morrow and Company, 1949.

    First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the year of publication, “To Harry Shapiro from Margaret Mead September 1949.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket. With the compliments of Margaret Mead laid in. Rare and desirable signed.

    Price: $1,400.00     Item Number: 122351

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  • FIRST EDITION OF SOCIOBIOLOGY: A NEW SYNTHESIS; WARMLY INSCRIBED BY EDWARD O. WILSON

    WILSON, Edward O.

    Sociobiology: The New Synthesis.

    Cambridge MA: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1975.

    First edition of Wilson’s classic work. Oblong quarto, original cloth, illustrations by Sarah Landry. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “For Helen Vaitaitis with best wishes and thanks for your help Edward O. Wilson Museum of Comparative Biology Harvard University October 22, 1976.” Additionally signed again in full on the title page by Edward O. Wilson. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.

    Price: $1,500.00     Item Number: 122579

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  • First Edition of Pat Frank's Classic Science Fiction Novel Mr. Adam; Inscribed by Him

    FRANK, Pat.

    Mr. Adam.

    Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1946.

    First edition of the author’s classic first novel, which has went on to sell over two million copies. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper: “For Cynthia – With best regards, Pat Frank, Tarrytown, ’47”. Near fine in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon signed and inscribed.

    Price: $2,500.00     Item Number: 122192

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  • "These horses get into your body": First edition of Heart of the Horse; inscribed by photographer Juliet Van Otteren

    VAN OTTEREN, Juliet. Foreword by Jane Goodall. Text by Alan Lightman.

    Heart Of The Horse.

    New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 2004.

    First edition of this magnificent collection of Van Otteren’s stunning equine portraits. Quarto, original boards, illustrated with 78 black and white photographs by Juliet Van Otteren. Presentation copy, inscribed by Van Otteren on the half-title page, “Enjoy your journey thru Salutations, Juliet.” Foreword by Jane Goodall. Text by Alan Lightman. Fine in a fine dust jacket.

    Price: $200.00     Item Number: 122467

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  • "There is something in the miraculous in the suddenness of his appearance as well as in his infinite grace": Jacques Cousteau's The Shark: Splendid Savage of the Sea; inscribed by him

    COUSTEAU, Jacques-Yves and Philippe Cousteau.

    The Shark: Splendid Savage of the Sea.

    Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1970.

    First edition of Cousteau’s compelling narrative dedicated to the life and behavior of the shark. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated with 124 full-color photographs, index, appendices. Signed by Cousteau on the half-title page, “Best to you! Jacques Cousteau.” Translated from the French by Francis Price. Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. Books signed by Cousteau are uncommon.

    Price: $975.00     Item Number: 121871

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  • First Edition of R. Buckminster Fuller's Nine Chains To The Moon; Inscribed by Him to his sister

    FULLER, R. Buckminster .

    Nine Chains to the Moon.

    Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1938.

    First edition of Fuller’s first book. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author to his sister on the front free pastedown, “Dearest Les: Manny happy returns of the day. Your affectionate brother Bucky Aug. 13, 1938.” Very good in a very good dust jacket. An exceptional association.

    Price: $2,500.00     Item Number: 121023

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  • "The first work on orthodontics" First edition of Joseph Fox's The Natural History of the Human Teeth

    FOX, Joseph.

    The Natural History of the Human Teeth. Including a Particular Elucidation of the Changes Which Take Place During the Second Dentition, and Describing the Proper Mode of Treatment to Prevent Irregularities of the Teeth. To Which is Added, an Account of the Diseases Which Affect Children During the First Dentition.

    London: Printed for Thomas Cox, 1803.

    First edition of the first work on orthodontics. Quarto, bound in full leather with morocco spine label lettered in gilt, five raised bands to the spine, stamped ruling to the panels, illustrated with thirteen copper plates. From The Haskell F. Norman Library of Science and Medicine with Norman’s bookplate to the pastedown. In near fine condition. An exceptional example with noted provenance.

    Price: $3,500.00     Item Number: 121495

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  • RARE INTERNET PACKET PROCESS DIAGRAM SIGNED BY INTERNET PIONEER VINT CERF

    CERF, Vint.

    Vint Cerf Autograph Signed Internet Packet Diagram.

    Rare autograph diagram signed by internet pioneer Vint Cerf. One page, the diagram details the process of an internet packet. Signed by Vint Cerf. In fine condition.

    Price: $450.00     Item Number: 121963

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  • "My esteemed mentor and brother, with affection and gratitude": First Edition of Oliver Sacks' Awakenings; Warmly Inscribed by Him

    SACKS, Oliver.

    Awakenings.

    London: Duckworth, 1973.

    First edition of Sacks’ classic work. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Augustus Rose, my esteemed mentor and brother, with affection and gratitude. Oliver Sacks Spring 1974.” Near fine in a near fine dust jacket.

    Price: $1,800.00     Item Number: 121373

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  • Large Paper Copy of John Muir's The Cruise of the Corwin; One of Five Hundred and Fifty Copies

    MUIR, John.

    The Cruise of the Corwin: Journal of the Arctic Expedition of 1881 In Search of De Long and the Jeannette.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1917.

    First edition, large paper copy, one of five hundred and fifty copies, this is number 272. Octavo, original cloth. Edited by William Frederic Badè. Illustrated with plates from photographs and from sketches by Muir. In near fine condition. Kimes 348; BAL 14775

    Price: $750.00     Item Number: 120838

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  • Rare HOMANN HEIRS Americae Mappa Generalis

    HOMANN, Johann Baptist.

    Americae Mappa Generalis. [Homann’s Second Map of the Western Hemisphere].

    1746.

    Rare 18th century Homann Heirs map of the Western Hemisphere. One page, the map depicts in detail North and South America as well as western portions of Europe and Africa with a large decorative cartouche. Homann’s second map of the Western Hemisphere, the present map provided new details in the interior of North America particularly along the Mississippi River. At the time of publication the Northwest coast of America and the Northwest Passage were still undiscovered. In fine condition.

    Price: $3,500.00     Item Number: 120497

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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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