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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 both James Watson and Francis Crick on the title page. Octavo, original blue cloth, with numerous diagrams and photographic illustrations. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jeanyee Wong. Foreword by Sir Lawrence Bragg. Rare and desirable signed by both Watson and Crick.
Price: $14,000.00 Item Number: 112545
First editions of the works of Alfred Russel Wallace; finely bound with a presentation copy inscribed by the author
The Works of Alfred Russel Wallace Including: The Geographical Distribution of Animals, Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection, Tropical Nature, Island Life, and Darwinism: An Exposition of the Theory of Natural Selection.
London: Various publishers , 1871-1910.
First editions of the works of English naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace including a presentation copy, inscribed by the author. Octavo, 16 volumes, uniformly bound in three quarters morocco by Root & Son, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised gilt bands, top edge gilt, illustrated, folding maps to many volumes. Land Nationalisation, its Necessity and its Aims is a presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the verso of the front free endpaper, “From the author.” First editions with the exception of Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection, The Wonderful Century, and Man’s Place in the Universe. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities. An exceptional set, rare and desirable.
Price: $9,800.00 Item Number: 92531
“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
"To those devoid of imagination a map is a useless waste; to to others the most valuable part": First Edition of this "classic work of outdoor literature, rivaling Thoreau's Walden" A Sand County Almanac; Lengthily Inscribed by Estella Leopold
New York: Oxford University Press, 1949.
First edition, first issue of this landmark in the conservation movement. Octavo, original cloth with titles and tooling to the front panel in silver. A lengthy inscription from Estella Leopold on the front free endpaper which reads, “To those devoid of imagination a map is a useless waste; to to others the most valuable part Estella Leopold.” Illustrated by Charles W. Schwartz. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. Rare, especially with such a nice inscription.
Price: $6,800.00 Item Number: 89542
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. Octavo, original blue cloth, with numerous diagrams and photographic illustrations. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Frank from Jim Watson.” The recipient was the late Ford Foundation sociologist Francis Sutton. Sutton and Watson were at Harvard simultaneously and were close friends. Fine in a near fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Jeanyee Wong. Foreword by Sir Lawrence Bragg. Association copies seldom enter the market.
Price: $5,500.00 Item Number: 99462
New York: The Century Co, 1904.
Early printing of John Muir’s classic work. Octavo, original illustrated cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “Mr. H. H. Smith, with best wishes & many pleasant memories, John Muir, August 1906.” In near fine condition. Rare and desirable signed.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 92812
New York: Simon and Schuster, 1927.
Signed Limited edition, one of 327 copies. Quarto, original half pigskin over boards, top edge gilt, 2 volumes. Signed by Thomas Edison on the limitation page and additionally signed by Ramsaye. Illustrated with numerous photographic plates. Some staining to lower section of spines, some rubbing and edgewear to boards, a very good set. Copies of the limited edition were also bound in cloth, this is the more uncommon leather bound edition.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 5697
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work": Large Signed Photograph of Thomas Edison
Large photograph of Thomas Edison, signed by him. Matted and framed. The entire piece measures 16 inches by 20 inches.
Price: $4,500.00 Item Number: 15050
"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
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
"That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind": Rare Original July 21st 1969 Delaware Evening Journal Front Page; Signed by legendary astronaut Neil Armstrong
Wilmington: Delaware Evening Journal, July 21, 1969.
Rare original Delaware Evening Journal featuring the headline “Eagle Jets Safely Off Moon; In Orbit for Rendezvous”, a front page article on the Apollo 11 moon landing, and large photograph of Neil Armstrong collecting dirt on the lunar surface. Boldly signed by Neil Armstrong on his photograph. Below the headline is Armstrong’s famous quote, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” Articles featured on the front page include, “Neil, Buzz Leave Prints on Moon”, “Kennedy Charged in Crash”, and “Luna 15 Lands On Moon, 500 Miles from LM.” In very good condition. Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 29 inches by 21 inches. Rare a desirable signed by Armstrong.
Price: $4,000.00 Item Number: 100158
"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
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
Shelton, CT: Greenwich Workshop Press, 1998.
First edition. Quarto, original cloth. Signed by Alan Bean on the title page. Additionally inscribed by John Glenn on the title page; who contributed the introduction to this volume. Fine in a fine dust jacket.
Price: $750.00 Item Number: 314
First Edition of Sir James Penn Boucaut's The Arab: The Horse of the Future; Finely Bound by Zaehnsdorf
London: Gay and Bird, 1905.
First edition of Boucaut’s authoritative text on the Arabian horse. Octavo, bound in full red morocco by Zaehnsdorf for Asprey with gilt titles and raised bands to the spine, gilt turn-ins and elaborate inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Illustrated with engravings including tissue-guarded frontispiece. In fine condition. A superior example.
Price: $650.00 Item Number: 100350
"When the shuttle lifts off, all of America will be reminded of the crucial roles teachers and education play in the life of our nation": First edition of the Teacher in Space Cookbook; inscribed by Teacher In Space National Finalists Bonnie Fakes and Robin Kline
Teacher in Space Cookbook: Compiled by the Teacher In Space National Finalists, the “Class of 51L”, United Space Shuttle Challenger Mission scheduled for launch, January 22, 1986 and other parties interested in Space Education.
Waseca, Minnesota: Walter's Publishing Company, 1986.
First edition Teacher in Space cookbook, issued prior to the January 28, 1986 Space Shuttle Challenger tragedy. Octavo, original wrappers spiral bound, frontispiece portrait of Sharon Christa McAuliffe, illustrated with color photographs. Inscribed on the verso of the front panel by editor Bonnie Fakes, “Bon Appetit! Bonnie Fakes” and Robin Kline, “My Love and Gratitude Robin Kline.” President Ronald Reagan announced his search for a “teacher passenger” for a shuttle mission on August 27, 1984. Of the thousands of teachers that applied, Bonnie Fakes was the official finalist from Tennessee and Kline the official finalist from Arizona. The spot was ulitimately rewarded to Sharon Christa McAuliffe of New Hampshire who died tragically in the 1986 Challenger disaster. Fakes put together the Teacher in Space cookbook in an effort to have all state finalists contribute a recipe in celebration of their achievement. The cookbook includes two recipes by McAuliffe in addition to recipes by First Lady Nancy Reagan, astronaut James Garn and Challenger Commander Dick Scobee. In fine condition. Scarce and desirable. OCLC locates only three other copies at LOC, Virginia Tech and Ohio State University. Uncommon signed.
Price: $450.00 Item Number: 103520
Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1913.
First edition, first issue with biting criticism of his neighbor’s treatment of his son on p. 217: “…none was bold enough or kind enough to break the blacksmith’s jaw” (Kimes 315) of Muir’s autobiography of his youth. Octavo, original illustrated cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel. Frontispiece portrait of Muir with tissue guard, illustrated. In near fine condition. An exceptional example.
Price: $300.00 Item Number: 115663