Science: Books and Manuscripts

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Mary Anning | Autograph letter signed, to William Buckland, 24 November 1834

Anning, Mary Autograph letter signed, to William Buckland reporting her latest discovery of beds of Belemnites and Pentacrinites on the coast off Golden Cap in Dorset, with a careful and original analysis of their distribution ("...the pentacrinite lies with the head downwards invariably, with the

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Avenzohar | Liber teisir, Venice, 1496, limp vellum, and other works

Avenzohar, Averroes, Marco Antonio Zimara, Niccolò Boneto Three works published by Ottaviano Scoto in one volume, comprising: Avenzohar. Liber Teisir, sive Rectificatio medicationis et regiminis. Averroes: Colliget [edited by Hieronymus Surianus]. Venice: Bonetus Locatellus, for Octavianus Scotus

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Bolyai | Scientiam spatii absolute veram exhibens, Maros Vásárhelyi...

Bolyai, János Appendix. Scientiam spatii absolute veram exhibens, a veritate aut falsitate Axiomatis XI Euclidei (a priori haud unquam decidenda) independentem in: BOLYAI, Farkas. Tentamen juventutem studiosam in elementa matheseos purae... introducenti. Tomus primus (-secundus). Maros Vásárhelyi

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Bonus | Pretiosa margarita novella de thesauro, Venice, Aldus, 1546, modern...

Bonus, Petrus Pretiosa margarita novella de thesauro, ac pretiosissimo philosophorum lapide. (Venice): Aldus (sons of Aldus), 1546 8vo (148 x 95mm.), woodcut Aldine device on title-page and final verso (otherwise blank), woodcut illustrations, modern leather tooled in period style, lacking **1

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Boyle | Opera, Geneva, 1680-1695, 6 volumes, contemporary vellum

Boyle, Robert Opera varia [and other works]. Geneva: Samuel de Tournes, 1680-1696 6 volumes, 4to (220 x 175mm.), main title printed in red and black with woodcut printer's device, engraved frontispiece portrait in volume 1, woodcut initials and headpieces, 7 folding engraved plates (one attached to

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Georg Cantor | Contributions to the Founding of the Theory of Transfinite...

Cantor, Georg Contributions to the Founding of the Theory of Transfinite Numbers. Chicago and London: The Open Court Publishing Company, 1915 FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, 8vo, translated, edited and introduced by Philip E.B. Jourdain, publisher's blue cloth lettered in gilt on upper cover, rubbed

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Cardano | Somniorum Synesiorum, Basel, 1562, limp vellum

Cardano, Girolamo Somniorum Synesiorum, omnis generis insomnia explicantes, libri IIII. Basel: Henricpetri, (September 1562) 2 parts, 4to (200 x 152mm.), woodcut initials, woodcut printer's device on final verso, with blank leaves ε6 and MMm4, δ3-4 in second part misbound, contemporary limp vellum

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Caus | Von Gewaltsamen bewegungen, Frankfurt, 1615, contemporary vellum

Caus, Salomon de Von Gewaltsamen bewegungen: Beschreibung etlicher, so wol nützlichen alss lustigen Machiner beneben Unterschiedlichen abriessen etlicher Höllen od. Grotten und lust Brunnen (das Ander Buch; das Dritte Buch). Frankfurt: Abraham Pacard (part 3: John Norton), 1515 [i.e. 1615] 3 parts

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[William Conybeare] | The Hyaena's den at Kirkdale, lithograph and poem...

[Conybeare, William] Hyaena's den at Kirkdale near Kirby Moorside in Yorkshire, discovered A.D. 1821 Lithograph, 407 x 260mm, with illustration depicting William Buckland entering a cave with four hyenas and an accompanying poem, 2 pages, folio, integral blank, DATE OR SIGNATURE?? A CELEBRATION OF A

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Copernicus | De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, Nuremberg, 1543, later...

Copernicus, Nicolaus De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, libri VI. Nuremberg: Johann Petreius, 1543 folio (262 x 192mm.), woodcut initials and diagrams, all the errata corrected in an early hand (up to p.146, as in the printed errata sheet), eighteenth-century carta rustica with faded manuscript

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Copernicus | Astronomia instaurata libri sex, Amsterdam, 1617, contemporary...

Copernicus, Nicolaus Astronomia instaurata, libri sex comprehensa, qui de Revolutionibus orbium coelestium inscribuntur [edited by Nicolaus Müller]. Amsterdam: Willem Jansz Blaeu, 1617 4to (240 x 176mm.), woodcut printer's device on title-page, without blank leaf at end of preliminaries, woodcut

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Charles Darwin | The Descent of Man, 1871, first edition, first issue...

Darwin, Charles The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex. London: John Murray, 1871 FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE ("transmitted" first word on p.297 of vol. 1, errata on verso of title leaf to vol. 2, tipped in "postscript" leaf after p.viii of vol.2), half titles, engraved illustrations

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Charles Darwin | Autograph letter signed, to Enrico Giglioli, on his...

Darwin, Charles Autograph letter signed, to [Enrico Giglioli] thanking the Italian zoologist for sending a copy of his study of chimpanzee skulls ("...This subject is most important & interesting; but I grieve to say that I cannot read Italian: I will, however, get my wife to translate parts to

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Charles Darwin | The Life and Letters, 1887, 3 volumes, presentation copy...

Darwin, Charles The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, including an autobiographical chapter, edited by his son, Francis Darwin. London: John Murray, 1887 FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY DARWIN'S DAUGHTER ("Margaret Shaen | From her friend | Elizabeth Darwin"), 8vo, 3 volumes, wood

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Henry de la Beche | Duria Antiquior, lithograph, 1830

De la Beche, Henry Duria Antiquior lithograph by Georg Scharf, 335 x 435mm, later state (with key), unwatermarked paper, Charles Hullmandel, [c.1830], nicks at edges, light spotting and soiling at margins, worm hole at edge of plate A RARE COPY OF THE FIRST PICTORIAL REPRESENTATION OF ANCIENT LIFE

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De La Beche | Awful Changes, lithograph, 1830

De La Beche, Henry Awful Changes. 1830 Lithograph, 257 x 316mm., depicting a lecture by "Professor Ichthyosaurus" discoursing on a human skull ("...the skull before us belonged to some of the lower order of animals..."), captioned "H.T. de la Beche del. & lith. 1830" A CARICATURE FROM THE EARLY DAYS

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Thomas Edison | Inscribed photograph, undated

Edison, Thomas Signed photographic portrait Vintage silverprint depicting the inventor in middle age, quarter-length, suited, in his laboratory, 215 x 166mm, mounted (293 x 242mm), inscribed on the mount ("To S.C. Shaffner | Thos A Edison"), tear to mount I find out what the world needs. Then, I go

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Albert Einstein | Autograph letter signed, to his son Albert, 4 November [1915]

Einstein, Albert Autograph letter signed, to his son Hans Albertinforming him of the completion of one of the finest papers of his life ("...Dieser Tage habe ich eine der schönsten Arbeiten meines Lebens fertig gemacht..."), in the course of a loving letter expressing his paternal love, also

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Ens | Thaumaturgus mathematicus, Cologne, 1651, contemporary vellum

Ens, Gaspar Thaumaturgus mathematicus, id est, admirabilium effectorum e mathematicarum disciplinarum fontibus profluentium sylloge... Nunc denuo correctio & auctior. Cologne: Konstantin Münich, 1651, woodcut of Archimedes and the earth on title-page, woodcut initials and illustrations, retaining

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C. Finlay | Autograph manuscript notebook on yellow fever and other...

Finlay, Carlos Autograph manuscript notebook on yellow fever and other subjects a closely-written and highly detailed volume containing day-by-day patient casebook reports, recording temperature-readings, symptoms, and outcomes, interspersed with transcriptions from scientific journals regarding

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Goclenius | Physiologia crepitus ventris, Frankfurt, 1607, and other works...

Goclenius, Rudolph, Angelo Lorenzini and Johann Winter Three works on laughter and obstetrics in a binding for Jacques-Auguste de Thou, comprising: Goclenius, Rudolph. Physiologia crepitus ventris, et risus, recognita explanata, et iterato edita. Frankfurt: Zacharias Palthenius, 1607, woodcut

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Guazzo | Compendium maleficarum, Milan, 1608, contemporary vellum

Guazzo, Francesco Maria Compendium maleficarum in tres libros distinctum, ex pluribus authoribus... collectum, & pluribus figuris, ac imaginibus perornatum. Milan: heirs of Augusto Tradati (Bernardino Lantoni), 1608 4to (205 x 135mm.), woodcut printer's device on title-page, woodcut armorial on

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Halfpenny | The art of sound building, London, 1725, contemporary calf

Property of Ampleforth Abbey TrustHalfpenny, William The art of sound building, demonstrated in geometrical problems, shewing geometrical lines for all kinds of arches, niches, groins, and twisted rails, both regular and irregular. London: Sam. Aris for the author, 1725 folio (304 x 183mm

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Stephen Hawking | Signed photograph, 1979

Hawking, Stephen Signed photograph Magazine photo feature entitled "Men of the Year 1979" including Hawking ("Has become a world authority on the 'black holes' in space in spite of suffering from a crippling disease of the nervous system") and five other individuals from different walks of life

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A. v. Humboldt | Autograph letter to the explorer and botanist Hinrich...

Humboldt, Alexander von Autograph letter signed ("A Humboldt") to Hinrich Lichtenstein referring to the death of Cuvier, and enclosing with the note an interesting letter on that subject [not included here] from Valenciennes, and excusing himself from their meeting on Monday as he must accompany the

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A. v. Humboldt | Two autograph letters to the sculptor Ernst Rietschel in...

Humboldt, Alexander von Two autograph letters signed ("AvHumboldt") to the celebrated Dresden sculptor Ernst Rietschel the earlier letter commending him in the highest possible terms for his bust of the sculptor Christian Daniel Rauch, observing that he has never seen anything in this field more

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Jenner | An inquiry into the causes and effects of the variolae vaccinae...

Jenner, Edward An inquiry into the causes and effects of the variolae vaccinae, a disease discovered in some of the western counties of England, particularly Gloucestershire, and known by the name of the cow pox... Second edition (A continuation of facts and observations...). London: for the author

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Johannes de Sacrobosco | De sphaera, Venice, 1541, contemporary vellum...

Johannes de Sacrobosco, Peurbach, Apian and Glareanus A group of four astronomical and geographical works in one volume, 1538-1541, all printed by Nicolini da Sabbio, comprising: Johannes de Sacrobosco. Liber... de sphaera. (Venice: Giovanni Antonio Nicolini da Sabbio for Melchiorre Sessa, July

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Kepler | Astronomia nova, [Heidelberg], 1609, disbound

Kepler, Johannes Astronomia nova αιτιολογητος, seu physica coelestis, tradita commentariis de motibus stellae Martis, ex observationibus G.V. Tychonis Brahe. [Heidelberg: Gotthard Vögelin], 1609 folio (388 x 250mm.), blank leaf before title, folding letterpress table, woodcut initials, head- and

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Kircher | Arithmologia sive de abditis numerorum misteriis, Rome, 1665, old...

Kircher, Athanasius Arithmologia sive de abditis numerorum misteriis. Rome: Varese, 1665 4to (237 x 171mm.), engraved frontispiece, woodcut armorial of the dedicatee, woodcut initials, 2 folding letterpress plates and one double-page plate, with final blank, contemporary limp vellum, numerous

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