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"With love, Stephen": Extraordinarily rare presentation copy of Stephen Hawking's The Occurrences of Singularities in Cosmology; warmly inscribed by him
Extraordinarily rare presentation copy of one of Hawking’s most important papers, one of a very small number of his works that he signed before his worsening motor neuron disease made it impossible for him to sign. Octavo, four pages, signed by Stephen Hawking in the upper left corner, “With love, Stephen.” The occurrence of singularities in cosmology was the second paper Hawking published on the occurrences of singularities, or black holes, following the submission of his PhD thesis, Properties of Expanding Universes, in which he examined the implications and consequences of the expansion of the universe. In the final chapter of his thesis, Hawking concluded, “It is shown that a singularity is inevitable provided that certain very general conditions are satisfied.” This conclusion established the trajectory of his future work, as well as his style of combining popularizing flair with a willingness to challenge received wisdom. Hawking published the present paper in 1966 during his research fellowship at Gonville and Caius in addition to his extended essay Singularities and the geometry of space-time which would win the Adams Prize, one of the University of Cambridge’s most prestigious awards, and contained his assessment: “Undoubtedly, the most important results are the theorems in Chapter 5 on the occurrence of singularities. These seem to imply either that the General Theory of Relativity breaks down or that there could be particles whose histories did not exist before (or after) a certain time. The author’s own opinion is that the theory probably does break down but only when quantum gravitational effects become important.” In very good condition with light staining to the lower portion of the paper. From the personal collection of Stephen Hawking.
Price: $95,000.00 Item Number: 119730
Toronto: Bantam Books, 1994.
Early printing of the Bantam Press edition of Hawking’s first collection of essays. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Signed by Stephen Hawking on the title page with his thumbprint in silver ink. Hawking was diagnosed with a rare early-onset slow-progressing form of motor neuron disease (MND, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 1963 at the age of 21, yet his fierce independence and unwillingness to make concessions for his disabilities allowed him to continue his work, even as his motor functions (including his ability to write) and ability to speak deteriorated. In fine condition. Cover photograph by Jim Wilson. Cover illustration by Richard Tuschman. From the personal collection of Stephen Hawking.
Price: $12,500.00 Item Number: 119530
Rare typed letter signed by Albert Einstein. One page, typescript, text in German. The letter is dated 19 June 1936 and addressed to Dr. Hugo Bergman, Hebrew University, Jerusalem and reads: Lieber Herr Bergmann: Ueberbringer dieses Briefes ist “Seine amerikanische Heiligkeit” Rabbi Silberfeld von Newark New Jersey, ein guter Bekannter von mir. Zuhause aller Wege kundig, nicht aber in Palaestina. Es ware lieb von Ihnen, wenn Sie ihm ein paar Winke gaben damit er sich dort zurechtfindet. Herzlich grusst Sie Ihr “A. Einstein.” This translates as: Dear Mr. Bergmann: The bearer of this letter is “His American Holiness” Rabbi Silberfeld of Newark New Jersey, a good friend of mine. At home, he knows all the ways, but not in Palestine. It would be nice of you if you gave him a few hints. yours, “A. Einstein.” Einstein’s close personal friend Rabbi Julius Silberfeld was the rabbi of Temple B’nai Abraham in Newark New Jersey from 1902 to 1939. After it became clear that he could not return to Germany with Hitler’s rise to power during his 1933 visit to the United States, Einstein resided in England and Belgium for several months before returning to the U.S. where he accepted a position at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, noted for having become a refuge for scientists fleeing Nazi Germany. It was here that he likely met and formed a close bond with Rabbi Silberfeld. The recipient of the letter, Hugo Bergmann, was the first rector of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, between 1935 and 1938, which Einstein was instrumental in establishing in 1925 and was among its first Board of Governors. The letter is in near fine condition with a small paper clip imprint. Desirable with noted provenance.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 119849
New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1931.
First edition of this classic work by the Nobel Prize-winning author. Octavo, original cloth. Signed by Bertrand Russell on the front pastedown. With a note from the recipient that it was signed in 1931. An exceptional example with noted provenance.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 119625
Rare Isaac Newton Manuscript highlighting his controversial theological views, which were kept hidden for hundreds of years
Rare full page folio autograph manuscript entirely in the hand of Isaac Newton, father of physics and modern science and author of important texts such as the Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, Opticks, and many more. One folio page with Newton’s handwriting and emendations on both the recto and verso. While Newton is mostly known for his scientific and mathematical pursuits and is considered to be one of the most influential scientists of all time, his controversial theological views, which were kept hidden for centuries, were as brilliant as his science and an extension of his search for truth. Many believe theology was actually his first love, as he wrote more about religion than he did about science. Of Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, he stated, “When I wrote my treatise about our Systeme I had an eye upon such Principles as might work with considering men for the beliefe of a Deity and nothing can rejoyce me more than to find it useful for that purpose”. He wrote in the Principa, “This most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent Being. . . . This Being governs all things, not as the soul of the world, but as Lord over all. . . . The Supreme God is a Being eternal, infinite, absolutely perfect.” While he believed in a supreme God, early in his career at Trinity College, his theological research of original texts led him to believe that authentic Christianity had been corrupted by the early church fathers and that the brand of religion that was now accepted as orthodox by the Roman Catholic Church, and to some extent by the Church of England, was not completely true. He discovered that the final phrases of 1 John 5:7 ‘and these three are one’ was not present in any Greek version that he studied and came to the conclusion that it was a deliberate addition to the text to provide justification for the doctrine of the Trinity. He concluded that the orthodox notion of the Trinity was a fictional story that was invented in the early fourth century. This document is very important, as its contents deal with these controversial issues. Written in English and some Latin, he writes concerning an Epistle of Emperor Constantine regarding the Arian debate and the Council of Nicea, which laid out the famous doctrinal statement, the Nicene Creed. The Nicene Creed was adopted to resolve the Arian controversy. The Arian leader, Arius, a clergyman of Alexandria, “objected to Alexander’s (the bishop of the time) apparent carelessness in blurring the distinction of nature between the Father and the Son by his emphasis on eternal generation”. In reply, Alexander accused Arius of denying the divinity of the Son and also of being too “Jewish” and “Greek” in his thought. Alexander and his supporters created the Nicene Creed to clarify the key tenets of the Christian faith in response to the widespread adoption of Arius’ doctrine, which was henceforth marked as heresy. Because of these views, Newton’s theological writings, were marked “Not fit to be printed”. They were placed in storage and were not made available to the public until the economist John Maynard Keynes and Jewish scholar and businessman, Abraham Yahuda, acquired many of them in 1936. There are very few of these original writings left in private hands, as the majority of the manuscripts are in the permanent collections of the Cambridge University Library, Kings College Library (a gift of John Maynard Keynes), Jewish National and University Library (now National Library of Israel), the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, the Foundation Martin Bodmer in Geneva, and the Grace K. Babson collection now housed in the Huntington Library in California. Matted and framed with both the recto and verso visible. The manuscript measures 11.75 inches by 7.5 inches. The entire piece measures 23.5 inches by 19.5 inches. A scarce piece of history; essential to the collector interested in both Newton’s scientific and theological endeavors.
Price: $150,000.00 Item Number: 119750
First edition of Atul Gawande's Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science; signed and dated by him
New York: Metropolitan Books, 2002.
First edition of American surgeon Atul Gawande’s collection of gripping surgical memoirs. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed and dated by the author on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by John Candell. Jacket photograph by Graham Gordon Ramsay.
Price: $375.00 Item Number: 119405
First edition of both volumes of Green, Schwarz, and Witten's Superstring Theory; from the library of Stephen Hawking
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987.
First edition of the fundamental text on superstring theory. Octavo, original cloth. From the library of Stephen Hawking. 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 wonderful connection to this book, which Hawking likely used in his development of his final paper based on string theory, called “A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation”, which had its latest revisions approved on March 4, ten days before Hawking’s death. Hawking met the authors at many conferences, as they were in the same field, including at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in Mumbai. Both volumes are fine in a fine dust jacket. An exceptionally desirable provenance.
Price: $7,500.00 Item Number: 119483
London: Dulau & Co. Ltd, 1926.
First edition of Cox’s account of his journey with great English botanist Reginald Farrer to the Burmese Alps. Octavo, original cloth, cartographic endpapers, with 28 illustrations from photographs by the author including frontispiece. In near fine condition with light toning to the page edges.
Price: $95.00 Item Number: 119680
First edition of Volume 37 Number 1 of Reviews of Modern Physics; containing Roger Penrose's fundamental article on spacetime: A Remarkable Property of Plane Waves in General Relativity; signed by him
New York: The American Physical Society by the American Institute of Physics, 1965.
First edition of Reviews of Modern Physics: Volume 37 Number 1 , containing Nobel Laureate in Physics Roger Penrose’s fundamental article on spacetime: A Remarkable Property of Plane Waves in General Relativity. Quarto, original wrappers. Signed and dated by the mathematical physicist on page 215, the first page of his contribution, “Roger P 20 Sept 2016.” In fine condition. Scarce signed by Penrose.
Price: $2,800.00 Item Number: 119437
“The mountains are calling and I must go": John Muir's The Mountains of California; in the rare original dust jacket
New York: The Century Company, 1903.
Early printing of Muir’s classic work on the mountains of California. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece, illustrated throughout, top edge gilt. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket with light rubbing and wear.
Price: $1,600.00 Item Number: 118748
First edition of Erwin Schrödinger's What is Life? The Physical Aspect of the Living Cell; In the Rare Original Dust Jacket
Cambridge: University Press, 1944.
Rare first edition of this collection of lectures by the Nobel Prize-winning physicist in which he presents the early theoretical description of the storage of genetic information cited by Crick and Watson as a source of inspiration for their initial research into the discovery of DNA. Small octavo, original cloth. Near fine in the rare original dust jacket which is in very good condition with a small stain to the front panel.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 119034
First Edition of J. Robert Oppenheimer's The Open Mind; Inscribed by Him to Best Friend and Confidant Ruth Sherman Tolman
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1955.
First edition of Oppenheimer’s selected lectures on nuclear weapons and popular culture. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “for Ruth, with my love Robert Christmas 1955.” The recipient, Ruth Sherman Tolman was the wife of Richard C. Tolman, and was Robert Oppenheimer’s best friend and confidant. A brilliant psychologist in her own right, she helped lead the effort to make psychology a science, held a key post with the OSS, the forerunner of the CIA, and established some of the first treatments for battle fatigue, which we know today as PTSD. Robert Oppenheimer, the Father of the Atomic Bomb, head of the Manhattan Project, and the founder of modern theoretical physics in America, became a friend of the Tolman’s while in his 20s, staying at their guest house during his time spent going between Caltech and UC Berkeley. Robert and Ruth were rumored to have had a long-running affair, which was disavowed by those who knew them, but recent books have renewed that debate. It is known that Ruth destroyed many of his letters, although some have come to light. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Peter Hollander.
Price: $6,500.00 Item Number: 118352
"We are told that the trouble with Modern Man is that he has been trying to detach himself from nature": First Edition of Lewis Thomas' Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher; Inscribed by Him
New York: The Viking Press, 1974.
First edition of this classic work. Octavo, original half cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Margaret Carson with regards Lewis Thomas.” Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $975.00 Item Number: 118459
"AMERICA'S PROMETHEUS, 'THE FATHER OF THE ATOMIC BOMB'": J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER'S SCIENCE AND THE COMMON UNDERSTANDING, 1954, PUBLISHED THE SAME YEAR THE ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION REVOKED HIS SECURITY CLEARANCE; Inscribed by Him to Best Friend and Confidant Ruth Sherman Tolman and with a autographed signed letter
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1954.
First edition of this classic work by the father of the atomic bomb. Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication, “For Ruth in gratitude & love Robert May – June 1954,” The recipient, Ruth Sherman Tolman was the wife of Richard C. Tolman, and she was Robert Oppenheimer’s best friend and confidant. A brilliant psychologist in her own right, she helped lead the effort to make psychology a science, held a key post with the OSS, the forerunner of the CIA, and established some of the first treatments for battle fatigue, which we know today as PTSD. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb, head of the Manhattan Project, and the founder of modern theoretical physics in America, became a friend of the Tolman’s while in his 20s, staying at their guest house during his time spent going between Caltech and UC Berkeley. Robert and Ruth were rumored to have had a long-running affair, which was disavowed by those who knew them, but recent books have renewed that debate. Laid in is a note on Oppenheimer’s Institute For Advanced Study letterhead which reads, “Ruth dear, Most of these you have seen at one time or another, but perhaps you would like to have them neat & tidy… The S F Talk is still on its way, & I don’t yet have it. There is a long letter in me urging to be written to you – it should reach you before this.” It is known that Ruth destroyed many of his letters, although some have come to light. While this note doesn’t settle that debate, it does, along with the inscription, indicate the intimacy that they shared. Additionally laid in is the original errata slip and two clipped articles. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Peter Hollander.
Price: $8,000.00 Item Number: 118622
New York: McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1969.
Rare first editions of this landmark work on surgery. Quarto, 2 volumes, original boards, illustrated. In very good condition. First editions are uncommon.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 117289
“WHEN IN DOUBT, SAY NOTHING AND MOVE ON”: FIRST EDITION OF ARTHUR C. CLARKE'S RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA; INSCRIBED BY HIM to Book Critic John Barkham
London: Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1973.
First British edition of this science fiction cornerstone. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, “To John, with all good wishes, Arthur C. Clarke, Colorado, 24 January 1982.” The recipient, John Barkham, a book critic, reviewed thousands of books primarily on contemporary history and Africa over fifty years. His reviews appeared frequently in The New York Times Book Review, The New York World-Telegram, The New York Post and in syndication across the country. Near fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Brad Pennington.
Price: $1,800.00 Item Number: 119449
Portrait of American astronaut Neil Armstrong, boldly signed by him. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 13 inches by 11.75 inches. Rare and desirable signed and uninscribed by Armstrong.
Price: $4,800.00 Item Number: 117764
Original color photograph of Neil Armstrong, boldly inscribed by him, “To ___ ____ _____- Congratulations on a century of achievement Neil Armstrong.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15.25 inches by 13.25 inches.
Price: $2,250.00 Item Number: 117575
Rare limited quarto edition of Wernher von Braun and Frederick I. Ordway III's History of Rocketry & Space Travel; in the publisher's full handcrafted mission leather
New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1966.
Rare limited quarto edition of this seminal work on the history of rocketry. Quarto, bound in the original handcrafted full Mission leather by Brown and Bigleow, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Original illustrations by Harry H-K Lange. Introduction by Frederick C. Durant III. In near fine condition.
Price: $1,250.00 Item Number: 117665
“To recognize that the greatest error is not to have tried and failed, but that in trying, we did not give it our best effort”: Gene Kranz's Failure Is Not An Option; Inscribed by Him
New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.
First edition, early printing of this memoir by Gene Kranz, who was the flight director from the early days of the Mercury program through Apollo 11. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Valerie Aim High! Gene Kranz.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Michael Accordino.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 116591
“You can prove anything you want by coldly logical reason---if you pick the proper postulates": First Edition of Isaac Asimov's I, Robot; Signed by Him
New York: Gnome Press, Inc. Publishers, 1950.
First edition of this groundbreaking collection of stories. Octavo, original cloth. Boldly signed by Isaac Asimov on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some of the usual toning to the spine, much less than usually encountered. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Signed first editions are uncommon.
Price: $8,000.00 Item Number: 117624
New York: Oxford University Press, 1968.
Later printing of this landmark in the conservation movement. Octavo, original illustrated wrappers. Signed by Estella Leopold on the half-title page. Illustrated by Charles W. Schwartz.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 117421
"Nobody else took what I was doing seriously, so nobody would want to work with me. I was thought to be a bit eccentric and maybe cranky": First Edition of Massive: The Hunt for the God Particle; Signed by Sir Peter Higgs
London: Virgin Books, 2010.
First edition of this gripping account of the greatest scientific discovery of our time. Octavo, original boards. Signed by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Peter Higgs on the title page, “Best wishes! Peter Higgs.” Fine in a fine dust jacket. Uncommon signed by Sir Peter Higgs.
Price: $2,000.00 Item Number: 117424