First Edition of Frank Chapman's What Bird Is That?; In the Rare Original dust jacket
What Bird Is That?
Chapman, Frank M.$150.00
Item Number: 2461
New York: D. Appleton & Company, 1920.
First edition. Octavo, original green cloth, illustrated with 301 birds in color by Edmund J. Sawyer. Very good in a very good dust jacket. Uncommon in the original dust jacket.
Frank M. Chapman was an American ornithologist and pioneering writer of field guides.
Other Books by this Author
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First American edition of Hawking’s groundbreaking work. Octavo, original half cloth, illustrated by Ron Miller. Boldly signed by Carl Sagan on the title page, who wrote the introduction. 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 price-clipped dust jacket with light rubbing. Rare and desirable signed.
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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.
First Edition of Carl Sagan's The Dragons of Eden: Speculations on the Evolution of Human Intelligence; Inscribed by Him
New York : Random House, 1977.
First edition of the Sagan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work, which combines the fields of anthropology, evolutionary biology, psychology, and computer science to give a perspective on how human intelligence may have evolved. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers, illustrated. Inscribed by Carl Sagan on the half-title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with light rubbing. Cover painting by Don Davis. Rare and desirable signed by Sagan.
The Emotion Machine: Commonsense Thinking, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of the Human Mind.
New York: Simon and Schuster, 2006.
First edition of this work by Minsky, one of the founders in the field of artificial intelligence. Octavo, original half cloth. Inscribed by Marvin Minsky on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket.