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New York: Atheneum, 1968.
First edition of Watson’s ground breaking work regarding the discovery of DNA for which the author, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins were awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1962. Signed by James Watson on the title page. Octavo, original blue cloth, illustrated with numerous diagrams and photographic illustrations. Some dampstaining to the cloth and a few pages in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jeanyee Wong. Foreword by Sir Lawrence Bragg.
Price: $2,500.00 Item Number: 74024
New York: Liveright, 2012.
First edition of “this monumental exploration of the biological origins of the human condition” (James D. Watson). Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Edward O. Wilson on the title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket.
Price: $125.00 Item Number: 2560
New York : Random House, 1978.
First edition of this fascinating story which covers the story of the interstellar record. Quarto, original cloth. Boldly signed by Carl Sagan on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Robert Aulicino.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 74002
"It was a different game now. Clearly the machine no longer belonged to its makers": First Edition of The Soul of a New Machine; Signed by Tracy Kidder
Boston: Atlantic, Little, Brown and Company, 1981.
First edition of Kidder’s second book. Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Tracy Kidder on the title page. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Jacket design by Peter deAngeli. A nice example.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 78911
"Here the lilies were higher than my head, and the sunshine was warm enough for palms": Finely Bound Set of The Manuscript Edition of The Writings of John Muir
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1916-24.
The Manuscript Edition of The Writings of John Muir. Octavo, 10 volumes, bound in contemporary gilt paneled and gilt floral full crushed brown niger morocco, gilt floral spine compartments, top edges gilt, green and brown gilt morocco doublures with the coat of arms of Anna W. S. Keator, green silked free endpapers, raised bands. Manuscript page from Muir bound into volume one from The Mountains of California. Illustrated with numerous photogravure and halftone plates, the gravure plates, tissue guards, each with photogravure frontispiece, with the first seven hand-colored; folding map in volume two. Edited by William Frederic Badè. With a manuscript leaf from John Muir in volume one. In fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 73083
Autograph letter signed by Michael Faraday to William Coffin answering a question regarding the chlorate reaction with sulfuric acid, “or oil of vitriol,” in gunpowder. Addressed to William Coffin, it reads, “R[oyal] Institution, January 1, 1849, My dear Sir, I conclude you mean the acid which fires gunpowder – not directly but through the medium of the Chlorate mixture that and is as far as I know the strength liquid Sulfureum and or out of Vitriol. Ever Truly Yours, Michael Faraday.” Matted and framed opposite a carte-de-visite of Faraday by John Watkins. The entire piece measures 11.25 inches by 14.25 inches.
Price: $5,800.00 Item Number: 73081
"Once it was thought in Colorado that gold and silver were the only products of the country worth considering": First Edition of Seeing the Far West; Inscribed by John Thomas Faris
Philadelphia : J. B. Lippincott Company, 1920.
First edition of this classic work of American travel literature. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, frontispiece with tissue guard, illustrated througout with 113 photographs, 2 folding maps at rear. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “May this volume speak to you of pleasant day. John T. Faris March 22, 1924.” In very good condition with some rubbing and wear. A nice example of early American natural history and travel writing.
Price: $350.00 Item Number: 80118
Autographed Signed Letter from Charles Lyell, the father of modern geology. It reads, ” Wed. Nov. 24, 1869 Sir James Colvile, I have just heard from our friend Dr. Hooker that you wish to meet me tomorrow (Thursday Nov. 25th) at the Athenaeum in the afternoon. I will be there at 1/2 past 3 ockl. P.M. & tell the porter where I am to be found. Most truly yours Charles Lyell.” In near fine condition. Double matted and framed opposite a photograph of Lyell. The entire piece measures 14 inches by 17 inches.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 67029
“The best part of this is the quotations from Bradford at the end. These are as true and relevant to our human situation today as they were in 1972": First Edition of Freeman Dyson's The World, The Flesh and the Devil; Lengthily Signed by Him
London: Birbeck College, 1972.
First edition of this lecture given by Dyson at Birbeck College in London on May 16, 1972. Octavo, original wrappers as issued. Signed by the author on the title page with an added note regarding this lecture, which reads, “The best part of this is the quotations from Bradford at the end. These are as true and relevant to our human situation today as they were in 1972. Freeman Dyson January 2010.” In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed and with notes by Dyson.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 62076
First Edition of Longing for the Harmonies: Themes and Variations from Modern Physics; Signed by Frank Wilczek
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1988.
First edition of this “uncommon and uncommonly good exposition of contemporary quantum physics” (Kirkus Reviews). Octavo, original boards. Signed by Frank Wilczek on the title page with a small drawing. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Karl Steinbrenner.
Price: $225.00 Item Number: 62094
New York: William Morrow and Company, 1993.
First edition of the story of “the scientific discovery of the century, if not all time” (Stephen Hawking). Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated endpapers, illustrated with 8 pages of color photographs and 50 line drawings. Inscribed by George Smoot on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Paul Gamarello.
Price: $225.00 Item Number: 63001
First Edition of Steven Weinberg's To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science; Signed by Him
New York: Harper, 2015.
First edition of this “thoughtful history of science” (The New Yorker). Octavo, original half cloth. Boldly signed by Steven Weinberg on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Milan Bozic.
Price: $175.00 Item Number: 56017
"Imagination is more important than knowledge": First edition of Out of My Later Years; Signed and Dated by Albert Einstein
New York: Philosophical Library, 1950.
First edition of Einstein’s collection of social science-related articles, addresses and speeches. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece of Einstein. Signed by the author on the front free endpaper, “A. Einstein 52.” With the ownership signature of Dr. Milnor Alexander, Los Angeles, California, 1952 on front pastedown. Alexander taught political science at Penn State University and was active in the women’s movement and supporter of many societies promoting social welfare, the environment and the Labor movement. She has also inscribed below, “Autographed by Einstein for our fund-raiser for the Federation for Repeal of the Levering Act.” The inscription on the pastedown is significant. Einstein is known to have endorsed the [successful] fight against having every California citizen/employee of the government pledge complete loyalty to the government no matter one’s political affiliations. This was called the Levering Act. These strictures to be imposed on California government employees took place during the McCarthy era of seeking out Communist sympathizers, including the banning of alleged Communist-leaning Hollywood actors and directors. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. An exceptional association.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 55054
"Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up": Photograph of Thomas Edison in His Library; Signed by Him
Large signed photograph of Thomas Edison. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.5. inches by 18.5 inches.
Price: $3,000.00 Item Number: 55002
"Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration": Photograph of Thomas Edison in His Library; Signed by Him
Large signed photograph of Thomas Edison showing him in his library with hands clasped. Inscribed by Thomas Edison. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.5. inches by 18.5 inches.
Price: $4,200.00 Item Number: 53017
Etudes Sur Le Vin: ses maladies, causes qui le provoquent, procédés nouveaux pour le conserver et pour le viellir.
Paris: L'Imprimerie Imperiale, 1866.
First edition of Pasteur’s landmark study of fermentation in wine and the development of micro-organisms. Octavo, with 32 inserted color plates and 10 black and white figures in the text. In very good condition.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 51032
Black and white silver gelatin photograph of Albert Einstein. Signed “A Einstein 52.” Group portrait showing Einstein standing between Talmudic scholar Tamar de Sola Pool and Hadassah National President Rebecca Beldner Shulman at his Princeton home in June of 1952 during a celebration marking the commencement of building of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center in Jerusalem. The photograph measures 8 inches by 10 inches. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13.5 inches by 15.5 inches. An exceptional photograph of Einstein, rare and desirable signed.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 51046
“Contemplated as one grand whole, astronomy is the most beautiful monument of the human mind; the noblest record of its intelligence": First edition of Comet; Signed by Both Carl Sagan And Ann Druyan
New York: Random House, 1985.
First edition of this work which describes the scientific nature of comets, as well as their varying roles and perceptions throughout history. Quarto, original cloth, illustrated throughout. The dedication copy of this work. Inscribed on the dedication page by both Sagan and Anne Druyan, “4 November 1985 And we men it! With our love to you and Kel Annie + Carl.” The recipient was Shirley Arden, who was the executive secretary to Sagan and close friends of the authors. The dedication page reads, “To Shirley Arden, for more than a decade of friendship and hard work well done. With our love and admiration.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket illustration by John Lomberg; design by Robert Aulicino.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 50082
New York: Random House, 1980.
First edition of one of the best-selling science books ever published. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the title page in the year of publication, “For Jenny, With fond good wishes and my thanks for your help with “Cosmos.” Carl Sept. 28,1980.” The recipient Jenny Arden, worked as an intern on Cosmos at KCET and at Cornell University and was the daughter of Sagan’s longtime executive assistant, Shirley Arden. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a few small closed tears. Jacket design by Robert Aulicino, jacket painting by Adolph Schaller. A nice association copy.
Price: $3,200.00 Item Number: 50032
Engraved bust portrait of Albert Einstein by Emil Orlik. Inscribed by Albert Einstein in German (English translation), “To Alice sending it to her as a remembrance Albert, February 1925.” Additionally signed by the artist, Emil Orlik on the lower right. The etching measures 10.5 inches by 14 inches. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 20 inches by 17 inches.
Price: $9,500.00 Item Number: 49058
“The increase of disorder or entropy is what distinguishes the past from the future, giving a direction to time": First Edition of Stephen Hawking's Landmark Work A Brief History of Time; Signed by Carl Sagan and Illustrator Ron Miller
London: Bantam Press, 1988.
First British edition and true first of Hawking’s groundbreaking work. Octavo, original cloth, illustrated by Ron Miller. Signed by Carl Sagan on the title page, who wrote the introduction. Additionally signed and inscribed by the illustrator Ron Miller, who has also added a drawing. Sagan tells the following story: Sagan was in London for a scientific conference in 1974, and between sessions he wandered into a different room, where a larger meeting was taking place. “I realized that I was watching an ancient ceremony: the investiture of new fellows into the Royal Society, one of the most ancient scholarly organizations on the planet. In the front row, a young man in a wheelchair was, very slowly, signing his name in a book that bore on its earliest pages the signature of Isaac Newton… Stephen Hawking was a legend even then.” In his introduction, Sagan goes on to add that Hawking is the “worthy successor” to Newton and Paul Dirac, both former Lucasian Professors of Mathematics. Near fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $6,800.00 Item Number: 46009
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1967.
First edition of this landmark work. Octavo, original green cloth. Signed by Edward O. Wilson on the title page, who has drawn a picture of an ant. Errata slip to the endpaper, near fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of wear.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 68025
The Works of Francis Bacon, Baron of Verulam, Viscount St. Albans, and Lord High Chancellor of England.
London: J. Johnson, 1803.
Large octavo, 10 volumes. Bound in full contemporary calf. Gilt titles and tooling to the spine, edges speckled. Frontispiece of Francis Bacon in volume one. With the early armorial bookplate of J. Lawson Whalley and the modern bookplate of Elmer Holmes Bopst, namesake of New York University’s Bopst Library. In very good condition.
Price: $1,500.00 Item Number: 43014