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Rare books including first editions and copies in fine bindings related to pure and applied science, including mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology.

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  1. Raum und Zeit.

    Raum und Zeit.

    Leipzig and Berlin: 1909

    First separate edition, first printing, of Minkowski's revolutionary paper which "introduced the notion that made possible the expansion of the relativity theory of Einstein from its specific (1905) to its general form (1916). The technical description of Minkowki's hypothesis is the four-dimensional space-time continuum."... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 112561

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  2. Ondes et Mouvements.
    First edition, first printing, of this revolutionary proposition for the world of physics by Louis-Victor-Pierre-Raymond, 7th Duc de Broglie (1892-1987). "The simple atoms of Dalton had already been modified before 1926 by the discoveries of radio-activity and the splitting of the atom; but now the Duc de Broglie - in Learn More
    £1,250

    Stock Code: 112316

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  3. Medicina Hydrostatica: or, Hydrostaticks Applyed to the Materia Medica.
    First edition of the first tract in English upon the determination of specific gravity (Fulton, p.128). At the end is A catalogue of the philosophical books and tracts, written by the Honourable Robert Boyle Esq. (Wing B3928A) at end, which has been marked by a contemporary hand. Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 108077

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  4. Papers Literary, Scientific, &c.
    First edition of these collected papers of the economist, pioneer of electrical engineering and the telegraph, Fleeming Jenkin (1883-1885), with a memoir by Robert Louis Stevenson, who had been an engineering student under Jenkin at Edinburgh University. The works are divided into six sections reflecting Jenkin's versatility:... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 107944

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  5. IG Farben.
    First edition, first printing. A history of the German chemical conglomerate which was co-opted by the Nazi regime to become the driving industrial force behind the war effort. Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 107459

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  6. The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication.
    First edition, first issue, one of 1,500 copies printed; scarce in the original cloth. The term survival of the fittest (borrowed at Wallace's insistence from Herbert Spencer's 1866 Principles of Biology) was first used by Darwin in the first edition of this work, preceding its first use in the fifth edition of the Origin... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 106850

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  7. Platinum Metals Exhibition.
    First and only edition, first impression. Published to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the announcement of the discovery of palladium by William Hyde Wollaston in 1803 and the Platinum Metals Exhibition held in London.Scarce: Copac lists just four copies (British Library, Wellcome Library, Royal Society, Manchester University)... Learn More
    £450

    Stock Code: 104506

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  8. Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata.
    First edition, first printing of Neumann's last work on the theory of automata. Published posthumously, the contents of this volume stem from two unfinished manuscripts, edited by Burks, Neumann's colleague on the ENIAC project. Divided into two parts, the work covers complicated automata in general, comparing artificial... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 103470

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  9. The Interpretation of the Atom.
    First and only edition of Soddy's Interpretation of the Atom, a major revision of his Interpretation of Radium, which first published in 1909, and had been out of print since the fourth edition of 1922. Soddy was awarded the 1921 Nobel Prize for chemistry for his investigations into the origin and nature of isotopes. Learn More
    £975

    Stock Code: 95939

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  10. On the Safety Lamp for Coal Miners;
    First edition. A collection of Davy's researches into combustion for the design of his miner's safety lamp, with a detailed fold-out diagram of his invention. An icon of the industrial revolution, the need for a safety lamp for miners was born out of a series of explosions in coal mines, due to pockets of flammable gas known... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 95704

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  11. Theory of Self-Reproducing Automata.
    First edition, first printing. The contents of this volume stem from two unfinished manuscripts, edited by Burks, and present Neumann's final conception of the theory of automata. Divided into two parts, the work covers complicated automata in general, comparing artificial and natural automata, as well as the logical design... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 91541

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  12. The complete set of Friedmann's solutions to Einstein's field equations.
    First editions, first impressions of Friedmann's four cosmological papers in which he correctly derived the solutions to Einstein's field equations to determine that the universe is expanding. A beautiful copy of this rare set, handsomely bound. Einstein believed the universe to be static, and had introduced the cosmological... Learn More
    £3,500

    Stock Code: 85061

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  13. De re metallica, libri XII:
    First edition. "The first systematic treatise on mining and metallurgy and one of the first technological books of modern times" (PMM). The book is extensively illustrated with a fine series of almost 300 woodcuts, some signed with the monogram "RMD", generally attributed to Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch (fl. 15251572) or,... Learn More
    £45,000

    Stock Code: 80925

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  14. Experimenta nova (ut vocantur) Magdeburgica de Vacuo Spatio …
    First edition of one of the most remarkable books in the history of physics and technology. Guericke describes and illustrates with handsome engravings his inventions of the air-pump, the earliest electric generating machine, the water-barometer, and the air-balance. Guericke constructed his first air-pump some time before... Learn More
    £37,500

    Stock Code: 77930

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  15. Traité de la lumière.
    First edition of Huygens's path breaking exposition of his wave or pulse theory of light. Huygens had developed his theory in 1676 and 1677, and completed his Traité in 1678. He read portions of it to the Academy the following year but left it unpublished until publication of Newton's Principia in 1687 and a visit to Newton... Learn More
    £22,500

    Stock Code: 69037

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  16. Micrographia:
    First edition, first issue, of this "early landmark in microscopy, containing the first illustration of cells plate xi" (Horblit). Published under the aegis of the Royal Society, Hooke's observations were the first to be carried out with an improved compound microscope, and the first to describe the microscopic structure... Learn More
    £65,000

    Stock Code: 41556

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  17. De magnete, magneticisque corporibus, et de magno magnete tellure;
    First edition of "the first major English scientific treatise based on experimental methods of research. Gilbert was chiefly concerned with magnetism; but as a digression he discusses in his second book the attractive effect of amber (electrum), and thus may be regarded as the founder of electrical science. He coined the... Learn More
    £30,000

    Stock Code: 41553

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  18. Pratica Manuale di Arteglieria;
    First edition of a foundational text for the practical application of scientific principles to artillery, "the first really detailed, well-illustrated technical manual on both the theory and practice of artillery" (Hall, emBallistics in the Seventeenth Century, /emp. 46). The Spaniard, Luis Collado, mathematician, historian,... Learn More
    £5,500

    Stock Code: 39121

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