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Astronomy, Physics and Other Sciences
In the 19th and 20th centuries, there were revolutionary developments in all the natural sciences, changes that continue today. Biology, evolution, physics, astronomy, cosmology, chemistry, etc. have all partaken of this history. We enclose some of our holdings in this area. It is striking how the ideas of the 19th century permeated the thinking of the general public, while the 20th century, with its increasing specialization and complexity of ideas, has isolated much of the public from a core appreciation of these concepts. This change is reflected in the publications of the past 200 years. Oh, for the likes of a Darwin or a Faraday today!


The Honolulu Aquarium.- Fishes of Hawaii. Honolulu, HI. Hawaii & South Seas Curio Co. N.D. [ca. 1010] Illustrated. First Edition. 22 pp. 5” W x 6-3/4” H. Blue paper covered boards , illustrated and titled in gilt on front cover. Blue linen spine. Text on front pastedown. Accordion folded pages, illustrated in lithographic color. A souvenir booklet from the Honolulu Aquariumfrom the early 20th Century. Contains an accordion insert, illustrated on each fold in lithography with an illustration of fish from Hawaii. The Aquarium opened in 1904 and boasts of electric cars leading to its doors (the aquarium was sponsored and supported by the Honolulu Rapid Transit Company). The booklet calls attention to the larger and authoritative volume on fishes of Hawaii, written by David Starr Jordan and published in 1904 by the U. S. Government. Minimal wear at corners and edges. Slight crack in front inner hinge. Else, Very Good.
Price: $75.00

Bell, Alexander Graham.- The Mechanism of Speech. Lectures Delivered before the American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf, to Which is Appended a Paper, Vowel Theories, Read before the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. Illustrated with Charts and Diagrams. New York. Funk & Wagnalls Company. 1910. Fourth Edition. 133 pp. 8vo. Publisher's Cloth with Gilt Lettering. Originally published in 1906. The lectures were originally delivered to an audience of professionals, whose questions and their answers by Bell are appended in this edition. Slight fraying of head of spine. Scant foxing of end papers and staining of preliminary pages. Else, Very Good.
Price: $175.00

Baker, Rev. Jacob.- Human Magnetism: Its Origins, Progress, Philosophy and Curative Qualities, with Instruction for Its Application. Worcester, MA. Jacob Baker and M. D. Philllips. 1834. Cover illustration of mesmerist and a subject undergoing hypnotism., a wood engraving in an engraved border. First Edition. 31 pp. 8vo. Illustrated printed paper wraps. Sewn. Refs.: N. K. Eccles, Slater Brown, The Heyday of Spiritualism. The term “animal magnetism” was coined by the 18th century polymath, Franz Anton Mesmer (1734–1815) on the theory that “magnetic flux was capable of profound neuropsychomatic and constitutional effects” (Eccles, Mesmer performed clinical trials of the process of magnetic production of a trance state, which we know as hypnotism, in 1774-75. His methods and terminology were popular throughout Europe and were adapted by the Marquis de Puységur, who continued to experiment with the process of hypnotism and the hypnotic state (Slater Brown). In 1784, experiments by Lavoisier, Guillotin and Benjamin Franklin demonstrated that the efficacy of magnetism occurred only in the patient’s mind, but did not challenge the concept that Mesmer’s methods had possible beneficial effects. In 1795, Elisha Perkins, of Connecticut, developed and patented a therapeutic device based on magnetism and electricity, experimenting with it till his death in 1795. The basic methods grew in response to the scientific work of Oersted and Faraday in the period 1820–40. In 1825, a major work published by DeLeuze called attention to the effect of magnetism on the sick. The notion of animal magnetism was first introduced in America by the Frenchman Charles Poyen in 1836. In 1843, Rev. Jacob Baker (1814–92) of Worcester published this pamphlet, suggesting that a vital fluid, or ether, pervaded all natural objects, yielding forces of electricity and magnetism and serving a vital link between mind and body. When activated by the Will or by external magnetic field, this force could cure many diseases, including, according to Baker, epilepsy, asthma and cancer. Baker explains his technique and he recounts case histories from his experience in support of this concept. Profoundly, he argues against the excessive and irresponsible use of magnetism, calling for the consideration of ethics in its application and virtue in the practitioner. From the time of Mesmer, the notion of “will” has been essential to the success of magnetism. Controlled trials late in the 19th century cast doubt on efficacy of electromagnetism, but the efficacy of hypnotism was confirmed. More recently the effect of electromagnetism on the body has come under study again. Quite rare, with OCLC locating only 5 copies, 3 at Harvard (one intact, one lacking final leaf as here, and one in a sammelband) and one each at Worcester and at Yale. Lacks last leaf, including p. 31 and final blank. Missing leaf provided in facsimile. Mildly soiled, toned and foxed., Else, Very Good.
Price: $375.00

Faraday, Michael.- On the Various Forces of Nature and Their Relations to Each Other: A Course of Lectures Delivered before a Juvenile Audience at the Royal Institution. London. Chatto & Windus. N.D. [ca. 1882] Illustrated. a New Edition, with Illustrations. 200 pp. + 32 pp. publisher’s catalogue (dated July, 1882). 12mo. Red publisher’s cloth, titled and illustrated on spine and front cover, ruled in the blind on rear cover. Beveled boards. Coated end papers. Originally published in 1873, this is a brilliant series of lectures by the great scientist and equally illustrious pedagogue of science, Michael Faraday. Faraday (1791-1867) was an uneducated apprentice to a bookseller and bookbinder, but early on impressed Humphry Davy greatly, and grew to be an extraordinary experimental scientist. Like his “Chemical History of a Candle” (1861), this series of lectures, done later in his life, are lucid, accurate, intelligent and heuristic. Aimed at younger audiences, they retain their value to all. Here he deals with gravitation, force, mass, correlation of forces, chemical affinity, heat, magnetism and electricity, and their practical consequences. Always, simple experiments reveal Faraday's intent and understanding in remarkable clarity. Ex libris with removal of bookplate from front pastedown and canceled modest stamp on title page. Top 1" of front hinge cracked, with small chip from head of spine. Inner hinges starting. Spine darkened. Else, Very Good.
Price: $75.00

Meigs, J[ames] Aitken.- Observations upon the Cranial Forms of the American Aborigines, Based upon Specimens Contained in the Collection of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.From the Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, May, 1866, pp. 1–39. Together with an Als. from Meigs to Messrs. Fowler & Wells, Tipped on. Philadelphia. Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, 1866. First Edition. 39 pp. + 1 p. letter. 12mo. Disbound. Ales˘ Hrdi ka, Contribution to the History of Physical Anthropology in the United States of America, with Special Reference to Philadelphia, Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society. Vol. 87, No. 1. (July 14, 1943), pp. 61–64. James Aitken Meigs (1829–79) was a distinguished Philadelphia physician, professor at several Philadelphia medical colleges, a physiologist and physical anthropologist. While he engaged in medical practice, especially during the Civil War, he has an extensive research bibliography, chiefly devoted to ethnological and craniological subjects. According to the above referenced paper, the pioneer in physical anthropology in America was Dr. Samuel G. Morton, whose most important work was published in 1839 as Crania Americana, a comparative study of Native American crania collected by Morton. He died in 1851 and his most direct scholarly descendent was James Aitken Meigs, who completed the cataloguing of Morton’s collection, as detailed in this important paper. This tradition marks the Philadelphia beginnings of American studies of Physical Anthropology, an important branch of Human Biology, emphasized at the Wistar Institute of that city. Physical Anthropology was not an isolated field, but intersected with phrenology and other biological branches popular in Meigs’s time. Here is an important autographed letter signed by Meigs and addressed to [Lorenzo Niles] Fowler (1811–96) & [Samuel R]. Wells (1820–75). Its text is as follows: Philada./ No. 423 S. Broad St./ Oct. 10th 1866 Messrs. Fowler & Wells, / Gentlemen, Along with this I mail to your address a copy of a paper upon the crania of the American Indians, which has just been published in the Proceedings of the Academy of Nat. Sciences of this city. It embodies the first attempt to classify the crania of the native races of this continent. according to their ethnic forms. I have also endeavored to show that these races do not belong to one uniform cranial type- / Please notice the paper in your Journal. / Are you done with the wood-cuts I sent you? If so, please return them by Express & oblige/ Truly Yours &c./ Jas: Aitken Meigs. At the foot of the letter in another hand and pen is the notation: Save this. W [?Wells] This letter expresses the seriousness with which Phrenology was viewed by many scholars, writers, etc. at the time. Fowler & Wells had published the second edition (expanded) of Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” in 1856 as well as Whitman’s own ‘anonymous’ review of his own work in 1855 in The American Phrenological Journal. Whitman had previously been examined phrenologically by Lorenzo Fowler and became a staff writer for “Life Illustrated”, a periodical published by Fowler & Wells. (M. B. Stern, Heads and Headlnes. The Phrenological Fowlers, 1971) ( for Whitman and Fowler).The scientific paper has a number of textual corrections in the hand of Meigs. Near Fine.
Price: $650.00

The Smithsonian Institution, under the Authority of James C. Dobbin, Secretary of the Navy. The Annular Eclipse of May 26, 1854. Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian Institution and Nautical Almanac. 1854. First Edition. 13 pp. + large folding chart by Charles Henry Davis, Lieut., USN. 8vo. Brown printed paper wraps. Michael J. de F. Maunder and Patrick Moore, The Sun in Eclipse, p. 70 (for the photographic methods used In the eclipse of 1854). The annular eclipse of 1854 was a quite important astronomical phenomenon. The pamphlet consists of tables of data used for calculating the position of the penumbra and the shadow of the eclipse over wide locations in the United States based on the time in Washington, DC. All the necessary formulas for the calculations are explicitly stated. Of this eclipse, Henry David Thoreau noted in his Journal that he was unable to see the eclipse because of the cloudy conditions in Concord, MA. The eclipse was especially important to astronomers because of the use of photography in its study. This eclipse was photographed by two methodologies, daguerreotype and Frederick Archer’s new wet plate method (collodion, later glass). The superior resolution and contrast of the daguerreotype was noted, but Archer’s method yielded higher sensitivity, and with further development, the ability to reproduce many copies of the image. Archer’s method, despite its fragility in measurement, became the standard, but daguerreotypes were revived in 1874 for recording the transit of Venus permitting the accurate calculation of earth-sun distances. James C. Dobbin (1814–57) was Secretary of the Navy and aggressive in his support of science. His aggression in support of the candidacy of Franklin Pierce in 1852 to the Presidency led to his appointment to the cabinet. He helped develop a strong Navy with new modern ships, the completion of Commodore Matthew Perry’s expedition and treaty, and the charting of the Darien Gap for a prospective Panama Canal. He died of tuberculosis at the age of 43. This item is quite uncommon. Ex libris with one modest stamp at edge of title page. Edges of front covers heavily chipped, not involving text. Lacks rear cover. Chart separated at one vertical fold with all present. Else, Very Good.
Price: $250.00

Gilmore, Robert.- Alice in Quantumland. An Allegory of Quantum Physics. New York. Copernicus, An Imprint of Springer-Verlag. 1995. Illustrated by the author. Second Printng. 184 pp. 8vo. Red publisher’s cloth spine. Titled in Gilt. Yellow paper covered boards. Illustrated D.J. A humorous explication of the principles of quantum mechanics through the medium of a trip by Alice through Quantumland. As New. Fine in Fine D.J.
Price: $45.00

Thomas, Isaiah, Junior.- Town & Country Almanack, or Complete Farmer’s Calendar, for the Year of our Lord 1811: Being the Third after Leap Year, and the 35th of Columbian Independence. Worcester, MA. Isaiah Thomas, Jr. 1811. Illustrated. First Edition. 42 pp. 12mo. Self-binding. Sagendorph, America and Her Almanacs A good Isaiah Thomas almanac for 1811, set for the coordinates of Boston, with charming illustrations and printed borders. The tradition of Almanacs in America goes back to nearly the first settlements by Europeans in the early 17th century. Part of the tradition is bound up in the history of Isaiah Thomas and his printing firm in Boston and Worcester, Massachusetts. Here, Thomas’s son continues this tradition, which in the late 18th century began to engage farmers with crop information and weather predictions. Illustrations had been popularized by Isaac Bickerstaff (Benjamn West) in the late 18th century. Here Thomas continues this tradition with illustrations and his father’s innovation of tri-partite illustrations at the head of calendar pages (often the middle of the three being zodiacal). The Thomases were not astronomically trained and probably got their information on this from Bickerstaff and other almanac publishers. This issue contains a detailed human anatomical illustration and discussion. There is the now customary farmer’s information, as well. Small chips and wear at edges. Toning with foxing. Else, Very Good -.
Price: $90.00

Loomis, Elias.- LIII. Letter from Professor Loomis of New York University to Lieut.-Colonel Sabine, Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society, of the Determination of Differences of Longitude Made in the United States by Means of the Electric Telegraph, and on Projected Observations for Investigating the Laws of the Great North American Storms. In The London, Edinburgh, and Dublin Philosophical Magazine, and Journal of Science. Third Series. Vol. 31, No. 209, November, 1847, p. 338–341. London. Richard and John E. Taylor, Printers and Publishers to the University of London. 1847. First Edition. Pp. 221–400. 8vo. Printed blue paper wraps.Frnt edge and foot untrimmed. Dict. Sci. Biog. (for Loomis) Elias Loomis (1811–89), was born in Connecticut, educated at Yale, where he first taught natural science and, with Olmsted, was the first Americans to identify Halley’s comet when it reappeared in 1835. He taught at Western Reserve College and then at NYU, 1844–60. A brief intervening stint at Princeton was terminated by the social hostility in New Jersey toward natives of Connecticut. After 1860, he succeeded Olmsted at Yale. He devised the system of isobars on weather maps, wrote extensively on meteorology, astronomy and mathematics. He, early on, measured the earth’s magnetic field. His texts on algebra & geometry, the calculus and trigonometry were extremely popular and widely translated. In this paper the author describes a system of recording telegraphic signals struck in one city at regular intervals and calibrating their reception in others with the aid of accurately justified clocks, thus giving their longitudinal separation of each locale. His purpose is meteorological observation of the great storms of North America, Here he solicits, in this letter describing his observational system, the aid of the Royal Society in getting permission of the British government and the Hudson Bay Company for the cooperation of Canada in sponsoring experiments with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, This interest in magnetic storms and the Aurora Borealis occupied much of Loomis’s later career, especially his work on the Great Auroral Exhibition of 1859. 1/2” chip from head of spine with 1” tear along hinge of front wrapper. Soiling of front cover. Else, Very Good.
Price: $175.00

Darwin, Charles.- The Various Contrivances by Which Orchids Are Fertilised by Insects. New York D. Appleton and Company 1877 Illlustrated with 38 woodcuts by G. Sowerby. Second American Edition, Revised 300 pp. + 8 pp. publisher’s ads at rear. Small 8vo. Terra-cotta cloth with black decoration on covers and gilt titling on spine. T.e.g. Tan end papers. Freeman 802. One of Darwin’s less commonly encountered titles, especially in this condition. There was no issue of the First Edition in America. Owner’s label laid down on front pastedown. Slight wear at ends and edges of spine and at corners. Else, Very Good.
Price: $350.00

Boole, George.- On the Differential Equations Which Determine the Form of the Roots of Algebraic Equations. In Proceedings of the Royal Society, Vol. XII, No. 64, 245–246, 1864. London. Taylor and Francis, for The Royal Society. 1864 First Edition. pp.227–276 (whole issue) 8vo. Original greenish tan printed paper wraps with printed Contents. DNB. DSB. A single issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society for the papers presented in May, 1864. Included among these is an important paper presented by George Boole (1815–64) on the roots of algebraic equations. Boole, one of the most noted of 19th century mathematicians, whose work was central to modern logic and algorithms important to computers, was by then Professor of Mathematics at Queens College in Cork, Ireland. In this paper, Boole demonstrates again the power of his methodology (in part, derived from the work of Herschel and Babbage) of using symbols for operators (here, typically, D for differential operators) and finding the roots of complex equations in terms of these operators, as if the operator were a quantity. His early work with this approach resulted in his publication of his prize-winning volume “On a General Method of Analysis” in 1844. He continued, as here, to extend his methodology for the remainder of his life. These methods led to the clarity of his symbolic logic. Boole’s ideas were applied by Claude Shannon to designing circuits which could solve algebraic equations. This issue, which also contains articles by Arthur Cayley on Scrolls, and a paper by Edward Sabine on magnetic disturbances and the decennial variation of magnetic fields and sun spots, bears the inscription of W. E. Weber, at Göttingen. Weber was another great 19th century mathematician/physicist, whose statue stands in that city. Front cover separated from spine at lower 2”. Toning of spine, Else Very Good.
Price: $250.00

Astronomer Royal [Sir Frank Dyson].- Drawings of the Corona from Photographs at Total Eclipses from 1896 to 1922. In Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Vol. 226. Pp. 363–389. [Plates 5–16.] London. The Royal Society (Harrison and Sons, Ltd.) 1927. Illustrated with 12 plates, drawn from photographs by W. H. Wesley and A. Crommelin. First Edition. 27 pp. Large 4to. Green printed stiff paper wraps. A report of The Astronomer Royal (at this time, Frank Dyson), summarizing the appearance in photographs taken of solar eclipses from 1896 to 1922. They are presented in large full-page plates of drawings made from observatory photographs. The plates, in turn photographs of the drawings, are on stiff paper mounted on individual pages of this off-print of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. The emphasis of the article is on the structure of the corona. Plar plumes and solar prominences are described. Among the participants n the study were William Christie, Frank Dyson, Arthur Stanley Eddington and the Maunders, Edward Walter and Annie Russell (the first woman accepted at the Royal Astronomical Society). A classic in the early study of the solar corona. Slight fading of spine and edges of covers. Minimal wear at lower end of spine. Else, Very Good +.
Price: $275.00

Bond, G. P.- Continuation of Account of the Comet II, 1861. Offprint from the American Journal of Science and Arts, Vol.XXXII, Sept., 1861. New Haven. American Journal of Sciences and Arts.. 1861. First Edition. AJSA, Vol. XXXII, Sept., 1861. 5 pp. 8vo. Printed paper wraps. DAB. A discussion of his own and others’ observations of the Great Comet (Comet II) of 1861 by George Phillips Bond (1825–65). Bond had become famous for his description of the Great Comet of 1858. In 1861, another Great Comet was discovered by John Tebbutt, an Australian sheep-farmer and amateur astronomer. It was easily visible to the naked eye; its appearance in the northern hemisphere preceded report of its discovery 6 weeks earlier and Bond describes his sightings and those of others, particularly Pape in Europe. The comet enveloped the earth in its tail, a remarkable phenomenon discussed in this paper. Bond was at this time Director of the Harvard College Observatory, a post in which his father, William Cranch Bond (1789–1859) , an impoverished clockmaker (and independent discoverer of the Comet of 1811), had preceded him. They were lifelong collaborators in astronomy, chronography, astronometry, the discovery and study of the Orion nebula M42, the moons of Mars and Saturn (Hyperion), sunspots, etc. Together, they were the first in America to use Daguerreotypy (discovered only in 1839) for astrophotography. G. P. Bond received the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society. He died young of tuberculosis and had a large public funeral reviewed in the New York Times on February 26, 1865. The journal in which this paper was published had been founded in 1818 by Benjamin Silliman. A few small spots of foxing on cover. softly creased horizontally.Else, Very Good.
Price: $165.00

[Stereoscopic View]. Rutherford, L. M.- Stereopticon View of the Full Moon. From Negatives by L. M. Rutherford. Taken Sept. 15 and Nov. 13, 1864. New Bedford, MA. Bierstadt Bros., Photographers. N.D. [ca. 1865] First Edition. 1 p. 3 1/2” x 7 1/8” Images mounted on light orange card. Darrah, Stereo Views, p.165. [Negatives Taken September 15 and November 13, 1864]. The first stereo views of the moon were made from Rutherford's negatives (taken at different times to maximize the stereo effect) by the Bierstadt Brothers (Charles and Edward) of New Bedford . They were so successful that other photographers obtained permission to issue copies. Numerous piracies were issued by other photographers. The Bierstadt Brothers began as Civil War photographers. Some of their earliest views were photographed by brother Albert Bierstadt, notably the Landers Expedition to the American West in 1859. They also issued Draper's stereo view of the full moon, taken in 1865, publication of which was continued by Charles Bierstadt and later the Underwoods until 1912. Bierstadts started out in New Bedford, MA, from 1860 to 1866. They then separated, selling their negatives to S. F. Adams, Edward and his sister Eliza moving to New York City, while Charles moved to Niagara, NY and continued extensive stereoscopic publication. In the 1880’s, he sold his negatives to Underwood & Underwood, who continued to publish them into the 20th century. Charles Bierstadt’s views of Niagara Falls in all seasons are among the best published. Very Good.
Price: $125.00

Bohr, Niels.- Atomic Physics and Human Knowledge. New York. John Wiley & Sons. 1958. Illustrated. First Edition. 101 pp. 8vo. Blue publisher’s cloth. D.J. Nobelist Niels Bohr’s essay collection for enlightened readers, who see the relationship between science and human awareness. Includes his essay on his discussions with Einstein on epistemology in science. The focus here is on human knowledge and insight, rather than scientific truths in the abstract. Booksho tag on front free end paper. A First Edition in a First Edition dust jacket. Faint sling of D.J. Else, Very Good + in Very Good D.J.
Price: $90.00

Lockyer, J. N. and Arthur Schuster.- [Pamphlet]. Report on the Total Solar Eclipse of April 6, 1875. In the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.- Part I. 1878. No. 72, pp. 139–154. London. Trübner and Co., for The Royal Society. 1878. Six full-page lithographic plates, done by W. West & Co. First Edition. 16 pp. Large 4to. Light green printed paper wraps. An extended study of the solar eclipse of April 6, 1875 by the distinguished solar astronomers, Sir Joseph Norman Lockyer (1836–1920) and Sir [Franz] Arthur [Friedrich] Schuster (1851–1934), both Fellows of the Royal Society. Lockyer was particularly interested in spectroscopy of solar bodies, discovered and named the element helium, noted craters on the moon and on Mars, founded the important British journal, “Nature”, and was the first to appreciate that Stonehenge was an astronomical observatory. Schuster, born in Germany of Jewish parents, who had converted to Christianity, was a mathematical physicist, also interested in solar spectroscopy and sunspots. Trained by or working with Kirchoff, W.E. Weber, von Helmholtz, Maxwell, Rayleigh, he discovered the 11 year periodicity of sunspots and, in this study, worked on the spectrum of the sun’s corona with Lockyer, noting the hydrogen spectrum and the unusual bands of what would be identified as helium. He was succeeded in his professorship by Rutherford. This is a very important study amplifying our knowledge of the sun’s composition and behavior. Minimal wear at ends of spine with ca. 1 cm. separation of covers from paper spine at head and tiny chip at foot. Else, Very Good +.
Price: $195.00

Lockyer, J. Norman.- [Pamphlet]. Preliminary Report on the Results Obtained with the Prismatic Camera during the Total Eclipse of the Sun, April 16, 1893. In the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Vol. 185 (1894), A, pp. 711–7. Plates 9–11. No. A. 132. London. Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner and Co., for The Royal Society. 1894. Three full-page plates. First Edition. 7 pp. Large 4to. Tan printed paper wraps. A preliminary report of an extended study of the solar eclipse of April 16, 1893 by the distinguished solar astronomer, Sir Joseph Norman Lockyer (1836–1920) , a Fellow of the Royal Society. Lockyer was particularly interested in spectroscopy of solar bodies, discovered and named the element helium, noted craters on the moon and on Mars, founded the important British journal, “Nature”, and was the first to appreciate that Stonehenge was an astronomical observatory. This report, using a new prism permitting greater resolution of the solar spectrum, by which the elemental composition of the corona and flares could be studied is a very important study, amplifying our knowledge of the sun’s composition and behavior. Separation of front cover. Edges of covers chipped and showing short closed tears. Else, Very Good.
Price: $165.00

[Christie, William H. M. and Dyson, Frank Watson].- [Pamphlet]. Drawings of the Corona from Photographs at Total Eclipses from 1896 to 1922.. In the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Serie A, Vol. 226 (1927), pp. 363–89. Plates 5–16. No. A. 644. London. Harrison and Sons., for The Royal Society. 1894. Twelve full-page plates. First Edition. 7 pp. Large 4to. Green printed paper wraps. Sir Frank Watson Dyson (1868–1939), a student of the solar corona and chromosphere during eclipses, was Astronomer Royal from 1910 to ca. 1933. He also studied the proper motion of solar bodies. In 1919, while studying an eclipse in Brazil,he confirmed Einstein’s prediction (from his relativity theory) of the gravitational bending of light, providing an early confirmation of relativity. A crater on the moon and an asteroid are named after him. This paper presents drawings made from photographs of total eclipses from 1896 to 1922. Slight fading of edges of covers and spine Else, Very Good +.
Price: $165.00

Jaggar, T[homas] A[ugustus], Jr.- Three Offprints from The American Journal of Science: (1) The Outbreak of Mauna Loa, Hawaii, 1914. Vol. XXXIX, February, 1915, pp. 167–172; (2) Activity of Mauna Loa, Hawaii, December–January, 1915. Vol. XL, December, 1915, pp. 621–639; (3) Lava Flow from Mauna Loa, 1916. Vol. XLIII, April, 1917, pp. 255–288. N.P. [New Haven, CT]. The American Journal of Science. 1915, 1916, 1917 Illustrated First Edition. 68 pp. 8vo. Grey printed paper publlsher’s wraps with spine reinforced with linen tape. Stapled. R. A. Apple, Jaggar and the HVO, Natl. Park Service. T. A. Jaggar (1871–1953) was an illustrious geologist, born in Philadelphia, trained at Harvard and in Germany, and sent bu the US Government in 1902 to study the volcanic catastrophes in Soufrière and Mont Pelé. He headed the geology department at MIT after 1906. Feeling the need for an American volcano observatory, he established one in Hawaii in 1910 with the help of Lorrin Andrews Thurston (1858–1931), a native of Hawaii, grandson of one of the pioneer missionaries from New England, lawyer, business man with service to the Royal Family and the Kingdom of Hawaii, leader in the revolution of 1893 against the Queen, minister of the Provisional Government to the US and helpful in the annexation of Hawaii by the US in 1898. Thurston owned railways, newspapers, sugar plantations, among others, and loved the volcanoes, where he had a home. He supported Jaggar in opening the Volcano Observatory at Kilauea and, for many years, in maintaining it. Jaggar hlped to systematize volcanology. The first paper of this series is a description of the lava flows from Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii in 1914, flows which conformed in location, volume and character to prediction. The second paper is a much more extensive discussion of the lava flows of 1914 (extending into early 1915), correcting errors of observation described in the first paper, adding seismological data. The author proposed a “sympathy of alternation” between the eruptions of Mauna Loa and Kilauea volcanoes. The third paper supported a correlation between the timing of eruptions and the equinox and solstice, strengthened the author’s conviction of a connection between the lava columns of Mauna Loa and Kilauea through gas vents. Kilauea, the older and more decadent volcano acts as a gas pressure gauge for the active Mauna Loa. The volcano is, thus, a gas engine rather than, as previously thought, a steam engine. These papers are from the journal founded by Benjamin Silliman in 1818. Ex libris with modest marks. Else, Very Good.
Price: $300.00

Crosby, W. O.- Report of the Geological Map of Massachusetts, Prepared by W. O. Crosby, Prof. Alpheus Hyatt in Charge. Under the Direction of the Massachusetts Commission to the Centennial Exposition. Boston. A. Kingman. 1876. First Edition. Printed tan paper wraps. ?Disbound (stab holes). Laid down on title page: “Distributed by the Boston Society of Natural History at the request of the Centennial Commission for Massachusetts. A detailed and extensive report on the minerals of Massachusetts, including Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Authoritatve publication under the direction of the Boston Society of Natural History. It includes a minority report written by L. Burbank. The report is addressed to the Hon. Leverett Saltonstall,Massachusetts Commissioner to the Centennial Exposition. Mild soiling of covers. Slight detachment of upper half of front cover. Three stab holes through gutter, not involving text.. Else, Very Good.
Price: $85.00

Planck, Max.- Treatise on Thermodynamics. Translated with the Author’s Sanction by Alexander Ogg. London. Longmans, Green and Co. 1903. First Edition in Englsh. 272 pp. + 40 pp. publsher’s catalogue. 8vo. Grey publisher’s cloth. Gilt titling on spine. Coated black end papers. T.e.g. One of Max Planck’s great contributions to Physics and ultimately to quantum theory of thermodynamics. This English translation by Ogg is the standard and contains additional notes written for this volume by Planck, himself. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918. Wear at ends of spine, corners and edges. Slight soiling of page ends. Owner’s signature (”Herbert E. Ives/ Johns Hopkins Univ./ 1906”) on title page. Small bubble on front cover. Else, Very Good.
Price: $250.00

Abbot, Joseph Hale.- An Attempt to Determine by Experimental Research the True Theory of the Pneumatic Paradox. an Article from the American Journal of Science and Arts. Boston. Charles C. Little and James Brown. 1840. Ill ustrated. First Edition. 25 pp. 8vo. Blue-green printed paper wraps. Sewn. Appleton’s Cycl. Am. Biog. (for Abbot) An excellent example of early American science. Joseph Hale Abbot (1802–1873), a graduate of Bowdoin College, was a tutor there (becoming Professor of Mathematics). Later he taught modern languages at Phillips Exeter Academy, ran a school for young ladies in Boston and was then a high school principal in Beverly, Massachusetts. He was a member and officer of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences and contributed often to the Academy’s Transactions. Interested in pneumatic and hydraulic problems, his solutions were often ingenious. He was a supporter of Dr. Charles T. Jackson, the chemist, against Dr. William T. Morton in the “ether controversy” and contributed many scientific and other definitions to Worcester’s Dictionary, which he helped prepare. In this article, which combines theory and experiment, Abbot shows his highly developed analytical skills and his scientific insight into pressures relevant to a moving column of air and other fluids, in some ways encompassing Bernoulli’s principles. Ex libris with library call numbers on cover. Library seal embossed on title page in blind. Small chips from spine ends. Else, Very Good.
Price: $275.00

Pupin, Michael.- Josiah Willard Gibbs. An Address before the Graduates Club at New Haven, Conn. June, MCMXXVII New Haven, CT. The Graduates Club. 1927. First Edition. 20 pp. 8vo. Blue printed paper wraps. An eulogy of, arguably, America's greatest scientist on the occasion of the unveiiing of his portrait at Yale, where he had been a professor. Gibbs (1839-1903) virtually founded the field of physical chemistry in the course of numerous papers on statistical mechanics and thermodynamics, especially of heterogeneous substances. Pupin (1858-1935) was an inventor (among others, of X-ray fluoroscopy) and physicist, longtime Professor of Electromechanics at Columbia. Very uncommon. Minimal soiling or fading of edges of covers. Else, Very Good.
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Blake, Rev. J. L.- Conversations on Natural Philosophy, in Which Elements of That Science Are Familiarly Explained, and Adapted to the Comprehension of Young Pupils . illustrated with Plates. By the Author of Conversations on Chemistry, and Conversations on Political Economy. Improved by Appropriate Questions, for the Examination of Scholars; Also by Illustrative Notes, and a Dictionary of Philosophical Terms. Boston. Gould, Kendall, & Lincoln. 1841. Frontispiece and 27 full-page plates at rear. Stereotype Edition. 276 pp. + 12 pp. publisher's catalogue at front. 12mo. Full brown contemporary calf. Gilt rulings on spine and gilt titling on tan leather label on spine. A good summary of the state of natural sciences in the early 19th century. The explanation comes in the form of conversations. Interestingly, most of the conversants are female. Chips from ends of spine, with 1/2" loss at head and 3/4" loss at tail. Hinges cracked, but covers still attached by cords. Worn covers with small triangular piece cut out of front cover. Mild foxing. A few small water spots and stain on lower margin of plates.Two signatures shaken. Pencil markings in text. Else Good+.
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Faraday, M[ichael].- Dissolution, or Physical Death, and How Spirit Chemists Produce Materialization. Second Edition. Pages 14 pp.Small 12mo. Grey printed paper wraps. Stapled. Second Edition. No. 8 in a series of pamphlets, allegedly by Faraday, on spiritualism and life Michael Faraday (1791-1867), a self-taught scientist, a pupil of and assistant to Sir Humphry Davy, was born in impoverished circumstances in Yorkshire, to a very religious family. They belonged to the Sandemanian Sect, a fundamentalist Protestant group split off from the Church of Scotland. At age 13, Faraday became a bookbinder, reading scientific books in the bindery and attending scientific lectures. At 21, he introduced himself to Davy and became assistant to him at the Royal Institution. From that beginning he showed his brilliannce and developed into one of the most innovative scientists of the ages, clarifying especially the interconnections of electricity and magnetism and setting through experiment and insight the foundations for the work of the next generation in electromagnetic theory (particularly Maxwell). He was approached often about the rising experiences of spiritualism, especially in the period of 1853-54. Although cautious in his criticism, he called the movement hokum, becoming more vocal in his later outrage. In the series of pamphlets of which this is #8, all attributed to Faraday although published after his death, he is written to be a supporter of spiritualism and the non-material existence of man. An interesting curiosity. Slight browning of covers near spine. Else, Very Good. Springfield, MA. Star Publishing Co. 1887.
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Nichol, J[ohn] P[ringle].- Views of Astronomy. Seven Lectures Delivered before the Mercantile Library Association of New York in the Months of January and February, 1848. Reported for the New-York Tribune by Oliver Dyer, Phonographic Writer. New York. Greeley & McElrath. 1848. 41 pp. in double columns + 7 pp. publisher's ads.. Illustrated 8vo. Tan printed paper wraps with decorative border. First Edition. A series of seven popular lectures on Astronomy, delivered in New York by the noted Professor of Astronomy at Glasgow. Nichol had written several very popular books on Astronomy in the early 19th century, notably "Views of the Architecture of the Heavens. In a Series of Letters to a Lady," which summarizes the discoveries of Herschel and LaPlace. Ex libris with only modest markings. Else, Very Good +. New York. Greeley & McElrath. 1848.
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[Carte de Visite].- Professor Benjamin Silliman. First Edition. NP. ? Warren. ND. Pages 1 p.2 1/2" x 4 1/4". First Edition. DNB. A carte de visite with a photograph of Prof. Benjamin Silliman (1779-1864). Silliman, descended from Italian and Swiss stock on his paternal side, and from John and Priscilla Alden through the Rhode Island Peabody's on his maternal side, was a Yale alumnus and became the first professor of chemistry and natural history at Yale.. He developed the first mineral collection in America at Yale, based on the private Gibbs collection of Rhode Island. He also helped organize both the medical school and the Sheffield School of Science at Yale and founded the American Journal of Science and Arts in 1818. Famous as a public lecturer, he opened the illustrious series of Lowell Institute lectures in 1838 and became one of the first members of the National Academy of Sciences and an early member of the American Philosophical Society. He was dignified, courteous, popular, kindly and brilliant. The card is labeled both "Lowell" and "Warren." Near Fine.
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[John Harrison]. Anonymous.- A Succinct Account of the Proceedings Relative to the Discovery of the Longitude at Sea, by means of Artificial Time-Keepers, Particularly Mr. Harrison's.... In The Annual Register for the Year 1765. Volume VIII, pp. 113-133. First Edition. London. The Annual Register. 1765. Pages Pp. 113-172.12mo. Disbound. First Edition. An outstanding contemporary account of the trials endured by Mr. John Harrison in developing his chronometers for determining longitude at sea and in obtaining recognition for his achievement. After many years of effort, and much wrangling, he was awarded the special Parliamentary Prize for his success, as determined by the Board of Longitutde. It required the intervention of King George III for the monetary award to be given to Harrison and for the longitude problem to be declared as solved. The award was finally made in 1773, in time for Capt. James Cook to take a replica of the device on his world voyage when it performed magnificently. Very Good.
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Lardner, Dionysius.- Popular Lectures on Science and Art; Delivered in the Principal Cities and Towns of the United States. In Two Volumes. Second Edition. New York. Greeley and McElrath. 1848. Pages 608, 568 pp. + 8 pp. publisher's ads in Vol. II.8vo. Brown embossed publisher's cloth. Gilt titling on spine. T.e.g. Each page of text surrounded by decorative border. Second Edition. Numerous illustrations with wood engravings, many full-page. Imaginative lithograph of Mädler's telescopic view of the moon on folding frontispiece. Lardner (1793-1859), a member of the Royal Society and Professor of natural philosophy and astronomy at University College, London, was born in Dublin and became best known for his popularizations in astronomy, etc. He was a noted astronomer in his own right and visited America for lectures in1840-5. These volumes are the distillation of his lectures and comprise an up-to-date review of early 19th century astronomy, mechanics, physics etc. The illustrations are very dramatic and helpful. Lardner was also the recorder for Charles Lyell's famous lectures in America on Geology. Covers worn at ends and edges of spine and edges and corners of covers. The back strip of Volume II is partially detached. Soiled. Mildly shaken. Mild foxing. Else, Good.
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Mill, Hugh Robert.- Address to the Geographical Section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. First Edition. Glasgow. British Association for the Advancement of Science. 1901 Pages 17 pp.8vo. An extract bound in a library folder with linen spine and marble covered boards. First Edition. Hugh Robert Mill (1861-1950) was a distinguished geographer and meteorologist. He reformed the teaching of geography and helped the development of meteorology as a science. As Royal Geographic Librarian he had a great influence on Scott and Shakleton and was involved with the exploration of the Antarctic, around 1901. Born in Scotland, a graduate of Edinburgh, he died in England. In this address, delivered in the shadow of the great arctic and antarctic explorations and the dawn of a new century, Mill redefines geography, traces its history from Aristotle and Ptolemy into the Middle Ages, the reawakening in the 16th century, the Oxford geographers, then Varenius and Newton and Immanuel Kant to modern times. He comments on geography as a science and its mathematical principles, descriptive surveys and the importance of cartography. Ex libris with library bookplateon front pasredown and withdrawal stamp on first page. Mild abrasion of covers and cover edges. Else, Very Good +.
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Lincoln, Mrs. Almira H. – Now Mrs. Lincoln Phelps.- Familiar Lectures on Botany, Practical, Elementary, and Physiological, with a New and Full Description of the Plants of the United States, and Cultivated Exotics, &c. For the Use of Seminaries, Private Students, and Practical Botanists. New Edition, Revised and Enlarged; Illustrated by Many Additional Engravings. Includes an Appendix on The Flora, or Practical Botanist's Companion: Containing Generic and Specific Descriptions of the Plants of the United States Cultivated and Exotic. New York. Huntington and Savage. 1848. 243 pp. + 220 pp. Appendix Copious textual illustrations and VIII full-page plates. 12mo, in 6's. Full contemporary calf with black leather label on spine, titled in gilt. Sewn on 5 cords with cord headbands. Later Edition, extensively revised and expanded. A very popular botany text of the early 19th century, especially at the women's academies, first published in 1829. The author, the sister of the great educator of women, Emma Willard, revised extensively with each new edition and included useful appendices, including a glossary ("Vocabulary") and Index, contributing to its widespread use over many editions. Over 275,000 copies were sold in the 40 years it was in print. She resorted to euphemisms and circumlocutions to name the "unmentionable" organs and processes. Mrs. Lincoln (1793–1884) was a pupil of Amos Eaton, the noted authority on the geology and botany of New York State and the northern regions of the US. He was also a friend and teacher of Rafinesque and established the New York Geological Suvey in the 1830's. Mrs. Lincoln was an ardent supporter of equal education for women, but she opposed woman's suffrage. A very nice copy of a standard botany text of the period. Wear at ends opf spine and corners. Spine leather split vertically and hinges starting. Mild foxing. Boards warped. Owner's signature in ink and in a calligraphic hand on front free fly leaf: "Miss / Susan Skiff's / Book / 1849. Else, Very Good. Pritzel's Thesaurus # 5321. Ewan, p. 39. DAB. James, Not. Am. Women
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Lyell, Charles.- Lectures on Geology Delivered at the Broadway Tabernacle by Charles Lyell, F.R.S. Second Edition, with a General Introduction to Which Is Added a Sketch of a Lecture on the Different Races of Men by J. Augustine Smith, M.D. Reported for the New York Tribune. New-York. Greeley & McElrath. 1843. 55 pp. Illustrated with wood engravings and frontispiece. 8vo. Printed paper wraps. First Edition. Lyell (1797–1875) was the most illustrious geologist of the 19th century, lecturing widely in Britain and America. His book on "Priciples of Geology" went through many editions and exerted a massive influence. Here are his eight public lectures on geology, originally presented in 1840, recorded and reported for the New York Tribune by Mr. H. J. Raymond, Assistant Editor of the Tribune and the recorder of lectures by Dionysius Lardner and others. These lectures by Lyell, the last on his protracted visit to America, were promptly brought up to date, presenting the latest ideas of his fertile mind. The lecture on glaciers, especially, newly integrated ideas from Agassiz and others to infer that the glaciers had once covered northern Europe, forming erratics, moraines and sandy deposits as they melted (Thompson). Lyell also discourses on the geology of Niagara Falls and the adjacent land of the United States and Ontario. Lyell, incidentally, wrote more positively about the UnitedStates than did Charles Dickens, who visited America at the same time. Smith's lecture had been presented in 1842, touting the superiority of the Caucasian race. He finds a correlation between intellect and the obtuseness of the angle of the face, calling attention to the acuteness of this angle in the duck, an animal of low intellect. Covers soiled. Foxing and damp staining Spine chipped at head (1 1/2") and tail (1/2 "). Owner's signature on cover: "P. B. Potter"). Else, Very Good. S. Thompson, Chronology Geological Thinking to 1899, p. 175.
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Prestwich, [Sir] Joseph,.- On the Evidences of a Submergence of Western Europe, and of the Mediterranean Coasts, at the Close of the Glacial or So-Called Post-Glacial Period, and Immediately Preceding the Neolithic or Recent Period. An Offprint from the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Vol. 184 (1893). A, pp. 903–984. With Plate 33. London. Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner, and Co. 1893. 81 pp. Illustrated. One folding map of Western Europe and the Mediterranean Coast. 4to. Printed paper wraps, as issued.. All enclosed in library binder consisting of stiff marble covered boards and linen spine First Edition. Inscribed in ink on front cover, "From the author." An important late paper by Joseph Prestwich (1812–1896), one of the great English geological scientists of the nineteenth century, primarily an amateur, in the tradition of Darwin, Priestly et al. The paper synthesizes many of the ideas developed over Prestwich's career, by his interest in glaciation, sub-stratal water, rubble-drift, etc. In it he proves that England and western Europe to the Mediterranean coast were submerged in the post-Glacial period up to the Neolithic and Recent era. His major geologic interests span this period coincident with the early appearance of man. Prestwich had a career as a wine merchant and accomplished much of hisearly work in that period, producing, in his spare time, accomplishments that placed him among the foremost scientists of his day. He later served as Professor of Geology at Oxford, was a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Corresponding Member of the Institute of France. He was knighted in 1896. Ex libris.1 1/2" trimmed from bottom edge of front cover. Few neat library markings and library bookplate stamped "withdrawn." Wear at corners of library cover. Else, Very Good. Concise DNB. DSB.
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Serviss, Garrett P[utnam].- The Einstein Theory of Relativity. With Illustrations and Photos Taken Directly from the Einstein Relativity Film. Illustrations by R. D. Crandall of Max Fleischer's Out-of-the-Inkwell Studio. New York. Edwin Miles Fadman, Inc. 1923. 96 pp. 12mo. Illustrated stiff paper wraps. Spine printed in red. First Edition. First Issue. A popular explanation of Einstein's Theory of Relativity by the Editor-in-Chief of the Library of Science. Serviss (1859–1929) was a journalist and a writer of science fiction. In his "Other Worlds" (1901) he integrates LaPlace's nebular hypothesis and concepts of planetary evolution with Darwin's biologic evolution. This integration is seen also in Serviss's "Edison's Conquest of Mars (1898) , a sequel to H. G.Wells' "War of the Worlds," and particularly in his "A Columbus in Space" (1909). Spine shows wear wth 1 cm. chips fromhead and tail. Else, Very Good
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Anonymous (The Author of "The Wonders of the Microscope").- The Wonders of the Telescope; or, a Display of the Wonders of the Heavens and of the System of the Universe, Written in a Familiar and Popular Manner, Adapted Particularly to the Perusal of Young Persons, and Especially Calculated to Promote and Simplify the Study of Astronomy among Persons of All Ages, with Twelve Plates, on a Plan Never Before Attempted. London. Richard Phillips. 1805. 120 pp. 12mo. Contemporary calf spine with gilt titling and marbled boards. First Edition. An interesting review of the state of astronomy at the end of the eighteenth century, especially for young readers. Very good illustrations. Front hinge cracked internally. Spine shabby . Two plates cracking only a bit at folds. Else, Very Good.
Price: $200.00

Anonymous.- The Natural History of Insects. Illustrated by Numerous Engravings. First Series. New York. Harper & Brothers. 1843. 292 pp. + 1 p. publisher's catalogue. 12mo. Brown publisher's cloth, embossed. First Edition. The first of two series of essays on the natural history of insects, well illustrated. Spine ragged and mostly gone. Covers worn. Front hinge nearly detached. End papers browned. Text block clean and fairly tight. Overall, Good +.
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Wood, James.- The Elements of Optics: Designed for the Use of Students in the University. Cambridge. Cambridge University. 1801. 251 pp. 8vo. Disbound. Second Edition. Blank pages bound in to permit notes. Only few notes in this copy. Woods was the author of texts on mathematics and natural philosophy, algebra, mechanics and optics. While this volume, at end of the last page, indicates the end of Volume IV, Part I. the volume appears complete, containing sections on the nature of light, reflection, refraction, various forms of aberration, a discussion of vision and the eye, rainbows and the determination of focus under varying conditions of reflection and refraction. Lacks covers, but all else intact (including half-title and errata. Mild browning and foxing. Else, Very Good. Cat. Lib. Roy. Astron. Soc., p. 396 (for First Ed., 1799).
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de La Caille, Nicholas-Louis . John Robertson (Translator and Editor).- The Elements of Astronomy, Deduced from Observations; and Demonstrated upon Mathematical Principles of the Newtonian Philosophy: with Practical Rules whereby the Principal Phenomena Are Determined. To Which Is Annexed, A Treatise of Projection in General. Designed for Students in Universities. The Whole Translated from the French of M. De La Caille, Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences at Paris. Appendix: Of Projections in General, and the Compuations Thence Arising. And in Particular, The Calculation from Projections Peculiar to Eclipses of the Sun, and to Occultations of the Fixed Stars by the Moon. London. J. Nourse. 1750. 390 pp. + 2 pp. publisher's catalogue. Ten folded Plates at rear. 8vo. Professionally rebound in half polished calf, on five bands, with marbled boards, blind tooling and gilt lettering on spine. New end-papers. First Edition. A classic of eighteenth century astronomy. Mild foxing. Else, Very Good +. Houzeau & Lancaster, Vol. I, Pt. 2, # 9254. Cat. Lib. Roy. Astron. Soc., p. 196.
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Turner, [J.].- Turner's Longitude Tables for Correcting the Observed Distance of the Moon and Sun, or Moon and Star, for the Effects of Parallax and Refraction, Whereby the Distance is in a New and Much Shorter Method Obtained and the Longitude Found with as Great Ease as the Latittude by a Meridian Altitude of the Sun. New York. Frye & Shaw (Successors to John H. Wheeler) 1836.. 27 pp. Small 4to. Tan cloth spine with yellow printed paper covered boards. Our American edition probably combines elements of Houzeau & Lancaster #11207, as well. Rare: only one copy (Harvard) is listed for the New Bedford edition. Ad for the publisher's Navigation Warehouse, a ship chandlery, on front cover and on title page. Soiling of cover. Minimal wear at edges. Mild foxing. Else, Very Good+. Houzeau and Lancaster, Bibliog. Général de l'Astron., Vol. I, Part II, #11208 (the 1816 edition, Portsmouth, England. ). Not in AmImp or in NUC but NUC #NT 0398407 lists the 1845 edition published by W. C. Taber of New Bedford.
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{Stereoscopic View].- The Full Moon. #2630. New York. James M. Davis. 1908. 1 p. 3 1/2" x 7 1/16" Copy of Rutherford's views made by B. W. Kilburn. Rutherford's picture of the full moon in stereoscopic view. Rutherford took his images on September 15 and November 13, 1864. The first stereo views of the moon were made from Rutherford's negatives (taken at different times to maximize the stereo effect) by Bierstadt Brothers and S. F. Adams of New Bedford . They were so successful that other photographers, like Soule and Kilburn, obtained permission to issue copies. Piracies were common. Soule was an early photographer involved in stereo production, a contemporary of the Anthony's. He traveled extensively and his views of California are classics; he photographed the great fire at Portland, ME in 1866 as well as the Boston fire of 1872; his views of Niagra Falls and Washington, DC, are among the best. Kilburn, who had originally worked with his brother (together they were great innovators in defining the stereoscopic card), took over the company on his brother's retirement in 1877, continued to sell prints, like ths one from his copies until 1900. On his death in 1904, Davis purchased the collection and later sold them to the Keystone View Company. Mild wear at corners. Darrah, Stereo Views, pp. 42–3, 112–3, 165.
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{Stereoscopic View].- The Full Moon. From Negatives Taken by Prof. H. Draper with His Silvered Glass Telescope. Niagara Falls, NY. C. Bierstadt. N.D. (1865–92) 3 1/2" x 7" Stereoscopic views of the moon were among the first experiments in celestial photography by Lewis M. Rutherford and Henry Draper in the 1860's. Bierstadt Brothers published Rutherford's work in 1864. Bierstadt also published these views of the moon from Draper's stereo negatives of 1865. In 1892, these latter negatives passed to Underwood and Underwood, who used them for 20 years. Card base mildly soiled. Else, Very Good. Darrah, Stereo Views, p. 165.
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Vose, John.- A Compendium of Astronomy; Intended to Simplify and Illustrate the Principles of the Science, and Give a Concise View of the Motions and Aspects of the Great Heavenly Luminaries Adapted to the Use of Common Schools, as well as Higher Seminaries. Windsor, VT. N. C. Goddard and Co. 1836. 184 pp. Eight folded engraved plates at rear. 12 mo. Black calf spine lettered and ruled in gilt and printed blue paper covered boards. Stereotype Edition. Printed cover indicates a Boston publication by the American Stationers' Company and John B. Russell, while title page gives the Vermont imprint, as above. The author (1766–1840), Principal of the Pembroke Academy of New Hampshire, was also the author of a larger work on astronomy, A System of Astronomy on the Principles of Copernicus, 1827 (NUC: NV0239906). Only 2 copies of our smaller Compendium are listed including that at Harvard. Vose established a reputation for his publications in astronomy. Sabin lists two published orations delivered in NH by John Vose, A.M., The Phi Beta Kappa Oration at Dartmouth in 1805 and an address to the Rockingham Agricultural Society in1813. The plates are superb, beginning with a view of the universe according to Ptolemy, according to Tycho Brahe and according to Copernicaus. There follow illustrations of the solar system, the moon, eclipses, several planets and various constellations and nebulae. A lovely added feature is that our volume is signed in ink calligraphically on a contemporary book plate applied to the front pastedown, "Eliza Hull Lord," (1816–40), allegedly a schoolteacher. The verso of front free end paper identifies her venue as Bangor, ME. Wear at ends and edges of spine with some loss of leather, chiefly at front hinge. Mild foxing. Else, Very Good. NUC: NV 0239902. Sabin 100779,100780 (for lectures by Vose). AmImp 42289 (the Boston imprint for 1836)
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[Stereoscopic View].- The Planet Uranus and Two of Its Moons. No. 598. Meadville, PA. Keystone View Company. N.D. 1 p. 3 1/2" x 6 15/16" First Edition. Uranus with two of its moons, Oberon and Titania.Plate # 16765 of Yerkes Observatory, Taken by E. P. Hubble. The Keystone View Co. entered the business of Stereoscopic Views in1892, with their workmanship improving significantly after 1898. Hubble was the great astronomer of deep space after whom the pioneering space telescope launched by NASA is named. This image was taken long before the discovery of Pluto (1930). Very Good. Darrah, Stereo Views, pp. 46, 112. $100.00 9623
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{Stereoscopic View].- The Full Moon. From Negatives Taken by Prof. H. Draper with His Silvered Glass Telescope. Niagara Falls, NY. C. Bierstadt. N.D. (1865–92) 3 3/8" x 7" Stereoscopic views of the moon were among the first experiments in celestial photography by Lewis M. Rutherford and Henry Draper in the 1860's. Bierstadt Brothers published Rutherford's work in 1864. Bierstadt also published these views of the moon from Draper's stereo negatives of 1865. In 1892, these latter negatives passed to Underwood and Underwood, who used them for 20 years. This copy was published by Bierstadt and sold by Underwood and Underwood. Card base mildly soiled. Edges of images slightly chipped. Else, Very Good. Darrah, Stereo Views, p. 165.
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Faraday, Michael.- The Chemical History of a Candle. A Course of Six Lectures (Adapted to a Juvenile Audience) Delivered before the Royal Institution of Great Britain. In 12 Parts, Published in Scientific American. New Series, Vol. IV, Nos. 6–17. February 9–April 27,1861. New York. Scientific American 1861. Illustrated. Fo. Twelve individual issues of Scientific American, one disbound. First American Edition. Faraday (1791–1867), one of the century's outstanding experimental and theoretical scientists, a student of Humphry Davy, investigated electro-magnetic science and chemistry; he provided experimental linkage between them, discovered electrical induction (hence, motors and generators) and, in 1833, the laws of electrolysis linking chemistry and electricity. The unit of electrical capacitance , the molar unit of electrolytic transference, and the alternating character of electrically induced currents are named after him. In this series of lectures, Faraday presents a great image of the delights of scientific analysis to a young audience and shows his talents as a rigorous but intelligible popularizer as well as great scientist. Yet this book is a classic of modern science. Here it is presented in its original American publication, in parts, as issued, complete. Minimal foxing to a few issues. A soft transverse fold with some browning to some issues. Else, Very Good.
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Merrill, George Perkins.- (1) Report on Researches on the Chemical and Mineralogical Composition of Meteorites, with Especial Reference to Their Minor Constituents and (2) Second Report on Researches on the Chemical and Mineralogical composition of Meteorites. In Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences, Volume XIV, First Memoir, pp. 3–29, and Fourth Memoir, pp. 1–15, 1925. 66th Congress, 3d Session, Senate Document No. 420. Washington, DC. Government Printing Office. 1925. Bound volume. Plates and Tables. 4to. Library buckram with gilt titling on spine. First Edition. An entire volume of Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences. Two of the Memoirs are detailed studies of meteorites by George Merrill, Head Curator of Geology of the US National Museum. The author attempts a fastidious critique of the analyses of meteorites. In his second memoir, Merrill continues this critique in analyzing the composition and structure of many meteoritess which had fallen chiefly in the United States, but also three from Siberia and Russia. Other memoirs include tables of the Minor Planets of the Hecuba Group, discovered by James C. Watson, and their perturbations, a study by Armin O. Leuschner et al. Ex libris with bookplate, labels and pocket on pastedowns. Else, Near Fine.
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Ramsay, William, and Travers, Morris W.- The Preparation and Some of the Properties of Pure Argon. In Proceedings of the Royal Society (London), LXIV, pp.183–192, December, 1898. London. The Royal Society. 1898–9. 8vo. Disbound. First Edition. Two months of the Proceedings of the Royal Society from 1898–99. with several important scientific articles. In addition to this classic by Ramsay on the properties of Argon, there is another by him on this topic, one by Lockyear on the spectrum of the corona and articles by Dewar on vacua and on gases at low pressure. Two articles by Charles Sherrington, one on sensory innervation of the eye muscles and, another, one ofhis most important and one of the series begun in 1893 (Garrison-Morton #1288.1) on reciprocal innervation in antagonistic muscles (pp. 179–181). These studies were important contributors to Sherrington's ideas on the integrative function of the nervous system. Lacks covers.. Else, Very Good.
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Airy, Hubert.(Communicated by Charles Darwin).- On Leaf-Arrangement. In Proceedings of the Royal Society (London), XXI, pp.176–179, January, 1873. London. The Royal Society. 1873. 8vo. Disbound. First Edition. Several months of the Proceedings of the Royal Society from 1873. with several important scientific articles. This article by Airy on evolution of leaf arrangement in higher plants was regarded highly enough by Charles Darwin that Darwin introduced the paper to the Royal Society himself. Macdonald's presentation (pp. 218–223) on the distribution of invertebrates and the theory of evolution testifies to the importance of Darwin's work to biologists of every stripe. Lockyear (pp. 285–288)presents early work on the spectrum of the sun and Francis Galton, the founder of the field of eugenics, (pp. 263–274)employs meteorological statistics to help determine the best course for a ship. His discovery of regression analysis led him to the debates on evolution engendered by the workof his cousin, Charles Darwin. Galton became convinced that evolution proceeded by discontinuous jumps rather than gradually, as proposed by Darwin. Lacks covers.. Else, Very Good.
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Gibbs, J. Willard.- On the Fundamental Formula of Statistical Mechanics, with Applications to Astronomy and Thermodynamics. [Abstract]. In Section A, Mathematics and Astronomy, of Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Volume XXXIII, pp. 57–8, 1888 [?]. Salem, MA. American Association for the Advancement of Science. [?]1888. 95 pp. 8vo. ? Complete issue (six signatures), stab sewn. Disbound. First Edition. J. Willard Gibbs was a mathematician and thermodynamicist, Professor at Yale and perhaps the greatest American-born scientist of all time. In this abstract, he presents a fundamental relationship in statistical mechanics and astronomy. He appreciates its relevance to thermodynamiics and later uses it in his magnificent and historical paper on the thermodynamics of heterogeneous systems. Other articles in this volume include C. A. Young on Pending Problems in Astronomy (the Presidential Address); Chandler on the colors of variable stars; Adams on the obliquity of the ecliptic; Swift on the nebulae; T rowbridge on What is Electricity? Lacks wraps. Pages uncut and untrimmed. Else, Very Good.
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Bridgman, P[ercy] W.- Polymorphic Transitions of 35 Substances to 50,000 Kg/(Cm)2. Extract from the Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Vol. 72, No. 2 - July, 1937, pp.45–135. Boston. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 1937. 90 pp. Illustrated. 8vo. Grey printed paper wraps. First Edition. One of the great classic papers on phase transformations and thermodynamics at high pressures which led to Bridgman's Nobel Prize in 1946. He was awarded the prize for his inventions of apparatus and for his discoveries in high pressure physics. This paper includesthe most mature description and illustrations of his appparatus as well as the results of his investigations. Bridgman was famous also, at Harvard, for being so incompetent in committee work that, to free him from the requirement without alienating the remaining Faculty, Harvard established the University Professorships the first of which was awarded to Bridgman. Ex libris with 2 stamps on cover. Spine chipped. Yellowing of edges of covers. Else, Very Good.
Price: $225.00

Ball, Sir Robert Stawell.- An Atlas of Astronomy. A Series of Seventy-Two Plates, with Introduction and Index. New York. D. Appleton and Co. 1892. 557pp. + plates + Index. Blue publisher's cloth with silver decorations and titling on front cover (a ring of the zodiac) and spine. Beveled boards. First American Edition. 72 plates, printed on recto only, mounted, with spacers and some tissue guards. A notable late 19th century astronomical atlas, often scavenged for its plates, here intact. Description and text by Sir Robert Ball, Lowndean Professor of Astronomy and Geometry at Cambridge (England). The illustrations, charts and drawings are in excellent shape and comprise one of the outstanding atlases of the heavens at the end of the nineteenth century. Mild wear at ends of spine and at corners. Water stain at lower edges involving early text and margin of early plates. Plates generally Very Good. Owner's signature on front free fly leaf. Else, Very Good.
Price: $275.00

Bigelow, Jacob.- Florula Bostoniensis. A Collection of Plants of Boston and Its Vicinity, with Their Generic and Specific Characters, Principal Synonyms, Places of Growth, and Time of Flowering, and Occasional Remarks. Boston. Charles C. Little and James Brown. 1840. 468 pp. 12mo in 6's. Brown publisher's cloth, with embossed covers and gilt titling on spine. Third Edition Enlarged, and Containing a Glossary of Botanical Terms. Sabin 5297. DAB. AI #40-762. Appleton'c Cycl. Am. Biog. (for P. T. Jackson) The first edition of 1814 was followed by the second edition in 1824; then by this third edition: each was a major enlargement of the previous based upon the experience of Jacob Bigelow, Professor of Materia Medica at Harvard and a noted 19th century physician. He was the first American botanist to categorize systematically the botany of New England in this work which, in the first edition, described the plants found within a ten mile radius ofBoston and which added the plants of New Hampshire and Vermont in later editions. It was the standard work on the subject until the publication of Gray's Manual of 1848. Owner's signature on front pastedown: "P. T. Jackson, Jr.." This is likely the son of Patrick Tracy Jackson, third son of the noted American statesman Jonathan Jackson and brother of James Jackson, the illustrious Boston and Harvard physician (and medical partner of Bigelow), Hersey Professor of the Theory and Practice of Physic. P. T. Jackson, Sr. made a fortune in the India Trade and helped his brother-in-law Francis Lowell start the cotton industry in America, inventing a power loom and building mills on the Merrimac which formed the nucleus of the town of Lowell, Massachusetts. Mild foxing. Few faint stains on covers. Else, Very Good.
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Bohr, Niels.- Atomic Theory and the Description of Nature. Four Essays with an Introductory Survey. Cambridge, England. Cambridge University Press. 1934. 119 pp. 8vo. Red publisher's cloth. T.e.g. In D.J. First Edition of the lectures in book form. DScB, II: 238ff. Four lectures by the great Danish physicist, Niels Bohr. They include an introductory survey as well as lectures on: I. Atomic Theory and Mechanics (original in English in "Nature," 1925); II. The Quantum Postulate and Recent Development of Atomic Theory (original in English in "Nature," 1927); III. The Quantum of Action and the Description of Nature (original in German in "Die Naturwissenschaften," 1929); IV. The Atomic Theory and the Fundamental Principles Underlying the Description of Nature (original in Danish in Fysisk Tidsskrift, 1929). Bohr was among the most humanistic of scientists and felt humanism was integral to the proper understanding and function of science. There was, to him, no value-free science. He extends the realization of the interference of visualization with appreciation of causality, as revealed in relativistic and uncertainty principles of the physical universe, to brain function and psychology and reveals the elusivity of the concept of volition in human experience. Owner’s annotations in pencil on D.J. flaps and signature on front free end paper. D.J. worn at edges and on spine and lacking small chips at edges. Else Very Good +.
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Ennis, Jacob.- First Edition. The Origin of the Stars and the Causes of Their Motions and Their Light. New York. D. Appleton and Company. 1867. 394 pp + 2 pp. publisher's ads. 12mo. Purple embossed publisher's cloth with gilt lettering on spine. First Edition. Cat. Lib. Roy. Ast. Soc., pp. 107–8. Copyright 1866. A rather detailed 19th century look at the light from the sun, the origin of planets and planetary systems, the behavior of periodic stars, etc. Ennis was a noted astronomer who had written on comets, the color of planets, electrical forces in the sun and universe, nebular theory, etc., all quoted by Houzeau and Lancaster, Vol. II. Ex Libris with library stamps, labels and blind stamp. Spine faded. Wear at ends of spine. Else, a Very Good, unfoxed copy.
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Faraday, Michael.- A Course of Six Lectures on The Chemical History of a Candle: To Which Is Added a Lecture on Platinum. Delivered before a Juvenile Auditory at the Royal Institution of Great Britain during the Christmas Holidays of 1860–1. Edited by William Crookes. With Numerous Illustrations. New York. Harper & Brothers, Publishers. 1861. 223 pp. Small 8vo. Brown embossed publisher's cloth with gilt titling on spine. First American Edition. Faraday (1791–1867), one of the century's outstanding experimental and theoretical scientists, a student of Humphry Davy, investigated electro-magnetic science and chemistry; he provided experimental linkage between them, discovered electrical induction (hence, motors and generators) and, in 1833, the laws of electrolysis linking chemistry and electricity. The unit of electrical capacitance , the molar unit of electrolytic transference, and the alternating character of electrically induced currents are named after him. In this series of lectures, Faraday presents a great image of the delights of scientific analysis to a young audience and shows his talents as a rigorous but intelligible popularizer as well as great scientist. In these regards he is reminiscent of Richard Feinman, Stephen Jay Gould and Carl Sagan in our day. Yet this book is a classic of modern science. Ex libris; library markings. Wear to spine and corners. Hinges partially cracked. Single signsture shaken. Pencil notation points to an erratum. Else, Good.
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Gibbs, J. Willard.- Multiple Algebra. Address by J. Willard Gibbs, Vice President, Section A, Mathematics and Astronomy. In Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Thirty-Fifth Meeting, Held at Buffalo, New York, August, 1866, pp. 37–66. Salem, MA. American Association for the Advancement of Science. 1887. 392 pp. 8vo. Complete volume, stab sewn. Wraps. Disbound. First Edition. In this article Willard Gibbs, mathematician and thermodynamicist, Professor at Yale and perhaps the greatest American-born scientist of all time, presents his ideas on multiple algebras, an extension of matrix algebra. In this he builds upon ideas of Möbius, Grassmann and Hamilton, developing innovative ways of treating data and concepts applicable to statistical mechanics, physics and astronomy (for only a few examples). Gibbs shows how these algebraic methodologies, which subsume the notions of operators and vector analysis, simplify our comprehension of the physical universe and empower both understanding and innovation in managing science. Other articles in this volume include a list of members of the AAAS, a lecture by H. A. Newton on meteors, Horatio Hale on linguistics and H. P. Bowditch on chemical transformations during nerve activity. Lacks wraps except for small portion on spine. Pages uncut and untrimmed. Chips from edges without loss of text. Else, Very Good.
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Jeans. J[ames] H.- The Nebular Hypothesis & Modern Cosmogony. The Halley Lecture. Delivered on 23 May, 1922. Oxford. Oxford University at the Clarendon Press. 1923. 31 pp. 8vo. Grey printed paper wraps. First Edition. Plates and drawings in 13 figures.. Offprint of a distinguished lectureship, given by the renowned cosmologist James Jeans. Modern cosmogony had begun with Laplace's observations and theory in the 18th century. Jeans extends these ideas to account for more modern observational astronomy on the shape and motion of nebulae and solar systems, particularly our own solar system. He concludes that astronomy leaves much uncertainty on these subjects, since the language of cosmogony is inference from observation, rather than observation itself and the assumptions in our reasoning are too pervasive to permit of certainty. Browning of wraps near spine. Owner's signature in pencil on cover ("S. F. Osmaston"). Else, Near Fine.
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Jeans, Sir James.- The New Background of Science. New York. The Macmillan Company. 1933. 301 pp. 8vo. Blue publisher's cloth with gilt titling on front cover and spine. First Edition. Jeans reviews important concepts of modern science: the perception of the externaluniverse, the nature of light and of matter, causality, relativity, the velocity of light, space and time, matter and radiation, wave and statistical mechanics, indeterminacy, etc. His usual lucid style. Minimal wear at tail of spine. Underlining on pp. 94/5. Else, Very Good.
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Jeans, Sir James.- Science & Music. Cambridge, England. Cambridge University Press. 1938. 258 pp. 8vo. Red publisher's cloth with gilt titling on spine. T.e.g. First Edition, Second Printing. Copiously illustrated with drawings and plates. The technical side of music, elucidated by a great cosmologist and facile interpreter of modern science. Mild soiling of spine and covers. Lacks front free end paper. Else, Very Good.
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Kedzie, J. H. - Speculations. Solar Heat, Gravitation, Sun Spots. Chicago. S. C. Griggs and Co. 1886. 304 pp + 17 pp. Supplement. 8vo. Brown publisher's cloth with decoration and titling on front cover in red. Gilt titling on spine. Brown coated end papers. First Edition. Illustrated. A good summary of 19th Century knowledge (and lack thereof) of the sun, amidst the author's speculations. At the end, as instructed by the author, is pasted in a supplement mailed to owners of the book answering the objections of critics and "learned men." Light wear at ends of spine and corners. Owner's signature in several places. Some pencil notations. Else Good-Very Good.
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Mach, Ernst.- XI. Ueber die temporäre Doppelbrechung der Körper durcheinseitigen Druck and XII. Spectrale Untersuchung eines longitudinal tönenden Glasstabes. In Annalen der Physik und Chemie, Vol CXLVI, pp. 313–316 and 316–317, 1872. Leipzig. Johann Ambrosius Barth Press. 1872. 628 pp. 8vo. Brown half calf and black paper covered boards. Entire volume of Journal bound. First Edition. Illustrated with folded plates. Two papers by the noted 19th century German physicist Ernst Mach. The papers deal with the use of double refraction of light to access the molecular mechanics of various substances in a quantitative way. Mach was prominent in the revolution taking place in molecular physics and the revision culminating for physics in the work of Planck, Einstein, Heisenberg and others. Mach emphasized the phenomenological and experimental approach, urging that the only physics worth discussing was that observable by the senses. In this regard he was ultimately in opposition to Einstein, who stood alone amongst physicists in his search for a "true" physics behind that observable in experiment and "distorted" by our senses. Mach also, thereby, had a major impact on contemporary psychology. Ex libris. Wear at edges of boards. Pages browning. Else, Very Good.
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Mallet, Alain Maesson.- Celestial Image. An Engraved Illustration from Description de l'Univers, Contenant les Différens Systèmes du Monde, les Cartes Générales et Particulières de la Géographie. Paris. 1719. 1 p. 5" x 7" in 12" x 17" mat. Matted. ? Second Edition. Hand coloring, contemporary. Houzeau and Lancaster,I, Pt. 2, #8800 (for First Edition of 1685) A depiction of a celestial scene, set on drapery, with what appear to be stars, surrounded by fields of energy, traversed by what may be a comet's path, set above a landscape with a series of buildings arranged in a rectangle with courtyards full of people and a foreground traversed by coaches and pedestrians, all in a gilt ruled French mat. Houzeau and Lancaster report that, according to Poggendorff, the firspublication of this work was in Portuguese. Fine.
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Mallet, Alain Maesson.- Sphère. An Engraved Illustration from Description de l'Univers, Contenant les Différens Systèmes du Monde, les Cartes Générales et Particulières de la Géographie. Paris. 1719. 1 p. 5" x 7" in 12" x 17" mat. Matted. ? Second Edition. Hand coloring, contemporary. Houzeau and Lancaster,I, Pt. 2, #8800 (for First Edition of 1685) A depiction of a celestial orb, with equatorial horizon (marked with the zodiac and the calendar and the points of the compass), the ecliptic and the meridian, both marked in degrees, surrounding a central sun and demarcations of various declinations on the celestial sphere; above this, depicted ondrapery, are various protractors, a quadrant, a semicircle, circles, all in a gilt ruled French mat. Houzeau and Lancaster report that, according to Poggendorff, the first publication of this work was in Portuguese. Fine.
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Mallet, Alain Maesson.- Various Solar Systems. An Engraved Illustration from Description de l'Univers, Contenant les Différens Systèmes du Monde, les Cartes Générales et Particulières de la Géographie. Paris. 1719. 1 p. 5" x 7" in 12" x 17" mat. Matted. ? Second Edition. Hand coloring, contemporary. Houzeau and Lancaster,I, Pt. 2, #8800 (for First Edition of 1685) A depiction of 4 solar systems, set above a landscape with a castle on a hilly island, mountains, a port with ships, people at work or in conversation, all in a gilt ruled French mat. Houzeau and Lancaster report that, according to Poggendorff, the first publication of this work was in Portuguese. Fine.
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Mayer, Alfred Marshall.- The Earth a Great Magnet: A Lecture Delivered before the Yale Scientific Club, February 14, 1872. New Haven. Charles C. Chatfield & Co. 1872. 71 pp. 12mo. Green printed paper wraps. First Edition. Folded frontispiece plate with several diagrams. No. 9 - University Series. DAB. A lecture to the Yale Scientific Club in 1872 as part of a series that included T. H. Huxley, Tyndall, Alfred Russell Wallace and other notables. Appears, from the pagination (pp.213–284), to be an offprint from a larger volume, perhaps the collected series. Mayer (1836–97), considered by the editor to be second only to Faraday on the subject of magnetism, was a brilliant physicist whose only degree was an honorary Ph.D.; he turned to science at an early age, publishing his first paper at age 19. Besides work in chemistry and physics, he was a noted astronomer and astrophotographer and became head of physics at the new Stevens Institute of Technology where he was a prolific and versatile investigator and communicator. His later interests included outdoor sports, where he was again a noted authority. He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences. This fascinating lecture, detailing 19th century understandingof magnetism, is a very lucid popular presentation, dotted with classical and poetic inclusions reflecting Mayer's classical education. It has no lack of scientific precision, however,and demonstrates the coincidence of brilliant science and glorious exposition dramatically evident in the writings of some scientists with flair. Front hinge starting. Else Very Good.
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Pasteur, Louis.- Nouvelles Recherches sur les Relations Qui Peuvent Exister entre la Forme Cristalline, la Composition Chimique et la Phénomène de la Polarisation Rotatoire. In Annales de Chimie et de Physique, Troisieme Série, Vol. 31, 1851. pp. 67–102. Paris. Victor Masson, Libraire. 1851. 512 pp. 8vo. Bound volume. Quarter red leather with brown marbled paper covered boards. Blue marbled endpapers. T.e.g. First Edition. Four folding plates. See: Duclaux, "Pasteur. Histoire d'un Esprit," pp. 9–63. One of Pasteur's very earliest papers on the relationship between atomic composition of molecules, their chemical disposition, crystalline form and optical (physical) behavior. The notion that crystalline form of an isomer makes it non-superimposable on an isomer of other crystalline form was expanded by him theoretically and experimentally with tartaric acid , asparagine, malic acid and their salts, etc. He showed that optical rotation accompanied the molecular asymmetry, crystalline form and non-superimposability. Also, through chemical transformation in solution or through simple solution, there was loss of optical rotatory power and simultaneously loss of non-superimposability. Pasteur went on to expand these experiments and ideas, laying the groundwork for modern notions of geometric and optical isomerism and their relation to crystalline structure and optical properties. In itself, this would have been genius enough for a lifetime, but much more was to come. Covers and front free end paper detached, but present. Lacks leather spine. Chipped front free end papers. Wear at corners. Index page chipped at margins. Slight browning of pages. Else, text block Very Good.
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Pinnock, Wm.- Astronomy Made Easy; Intended for the Use of Young Children.With Numerous Engravings. London. Holdsworth and Ball. N.D/ [ca. 1831–2]. 118 pp. 16mo. Blue patterned paper covered boards with brown decorated paper label on front cover. A New Edition. Many wood engravings of astronomical views, instruments, diagrams and teachers illustrating points about astronomy. Costumes suggest 1820's–1830's. NUC: NP0376964 (for First Edition) A course in astronomy for children, presented in a form resembling a catechism, a literary form in which Pinnock (1782–1843) was experienced. Remarkably lucid and accurate, given its early date. Could well be studied today by children to their benefit. The first edition was published in London by W. Sell in 1831 and there is but one copy recorded (at Harvard). Pinnock published many catechisms on an enormous volume of subjects, including: mathematiucs, history (America, Europe, etc.), the Bible, conchology, geography, Hebrew, heraldry, ichthyology, etc. His catechism of astronomy was translated into Oordoo (Urdu) in 1832. Covers mildly soiled. Small chips at ends of spine and edge of front label. Mildly shaken. Minimal foxing. Overall, Very Good.
Price: $135.00

Proctor, Richard A[nthony].- Other Worlds than Ours: The Plurality of Worlds Studied under the Light of Recent Scientific Researches. New York. D. Appleton and Co. 1876. 334 pp. + 2 pp. publishere's ads at rear. 12mo. Reddish brown publisher's cloth, embossed on cover and titled in gilt with decorations on spine. Yellow end papers. T.e.g. Early printing of First American Edition. Illlustrated with drawiings and colored plates. as well as a colored frontispiece view of Jupiter on January 31, 1870. Tissue guards. DNB. DScB. Original copyright 1870. Richard Proctor (1837–1888) authored many popularizations of astronomy, as well as a noted parody of Charles Dickens' last and unfinished novel. He had abandoned law for science and made his reputation with an 1865 monograph on "Saturn and His System" and his "Handbook of the Stars" in 1866. He lectured in America after 1873, lived for a while in Florida after 1887 and died in New York of yellow fever. Here Proctor reviews his cosmogony in the light of contemporary discoveries about the solar system. He advances a thesis that other suns and planets are subsidiary sources of energy each supplying heat and light to its satellites and speculates on the dimensionsof men from Jupiter. Slight wear at ends of spine and at corners. Owner's bookplate onfront pastedown.
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Proctor, Richard A[nthony].- Our Place among Infinities. A Series of Essays Contrasting Our Little Abode in Space and Time with the Infinities around Us. To Which Are Added Essays on the Jewish Sabbath and Astrology. New York. D. Appleton and Comapany. 1876. 323 pp. + 6 pp. publisher's ads at rear. 12mo. Reddish brown publisher's cloth, embossed on cover and titled in gilt with decorations on spine. Yellow end papers. T.e.g. First American Edition. DNB. DScB. Richard Proctor (1837–1888) authored many popularizations of astronomy, as well as a noted parody of Charles Dickens' last and unfinished novel. He had abandoned law for science and made his reputation with an 1865 monograph on "Saturn and His System" and his "Handbook of the Stars" in 1866. He lectured in America after 1873, lived for a while in Florida after 1887 and died in New York of yellow fever. Here, Proctor expands his ideas on cosmogony. he proposes the likelihood of life on other worlds, though he estimates a limited number of such worlds conducive to life. He minimizes the notion of the uniqueness of man and his/her worlds. He, futher, traces the practice of the sabbath to the ancients' view of the seven planets (then known). Thus, because the days of the week are named for planets, Saturday forSaturn, the Jewish sabbath was, according to Proctorderived from pagan notions. It was improved upon with the move toSunday in accord with a Christian doctrine regarding a seventh day of rest, away from the pagan and misguided practices of the Jews. Slight wear at ends of spine and at corners. Else, Very Good +.
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White, Andrew D.- A History of the Doctrine of Comets. A Paper Read before the American Historical Association at Its Second Annual Meeting, Saratoga, September 10, 1885. An Extract from Papers of the American Historical Association. Vol. II, No. 2, 1887. New York. G. P. Putnam's Sons. 1887. 43 pp. 8vo. Printed paper wraps. First Edition. A fascinating lecture by the president of the American Historical Association on the history of the struggle between scientific and theological doctrine concerning the nature of comets. It reviews the "passage from the conception of them as fire-balls flung by an angry God for the purpose of scaring a wicked world, to their recognition as natural in origin and obedient to law in movement." A wonderfully documented element of intellectual history encompassing the early views of astronomical events and the change in ideas about them through the ages. In America, these changes came somewhat abruptly in the contrast between the theological views of Increase Mather and the new scientific understanding of his son, Cotton Mather, in the early 18th century. The roles of Tycho Brahe, Keppler and Halley, among many others, are documented, until the conviction that came from accurate scientific prediction, for a comet, by Clairaut. Tucked in is a publishers sheet advertising a new Introduction to the Scriptures by Bartlett & Peters. Front cover soiled. Linen tape reinforcement to spine. Edges chipped without encroaching on text. Else, Very Good.
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Wilbur, Hervey.- Elements of Astronomy, Descriptive and Physical; in Which the General Phenomena of the Heavenly Bodies and the Theory of the Tides are Familiarly Explained and illustrated by Numerous Diagrams from Engravings on Copper Plates....New Edition Improved by the Addition of Problems in Practical Astronomy by Rev. E. Davis, A.M. New York. Scofield and Voorhies. 1839. 144 pp. 12mo in 6's. One quarter leather and blue cloth-covered boards. First Edition, as Such. Illustrated with folded frontispiece, tables, 7 plates etc. Appleton's Cycl. Am. Biog. DAB. A compact look at the sun and the planets, eclipses, the equation of time, the forces of the universe, second order motions of the planets, tides and meteorology. A glossary and appendix are added with problems in practical astronomy. The Rev. Wilbur is strongly endorsed by numerous Reverend brethren in a series of testimonials. Wilbur (1787–1852), ordained and a principal of several girls' schools, pioneered in bible education, compiled the first bible-class textbook, taught astronomy and natural philosophy. His A.M. was honorary from Dartmouth. He also fathered a physician son (vid. DAB) who, impressed with the work of Edouard Séguin in France, founded the first school for idiot and retarded children in America Wear to edges of spine and boards. Rear hinge starting internally. Mild foxing. Else, Very Good.
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Wilkins, John H.- Elements of Astronomy, Illustrated with Plates, for the Use of Schools and Academies, with Questions. Boston. Hilliard, Gray, Little, and Wilkins. 1828. 152 pp. 12mo. One quarter contemporary calf and marbled boards Fifth Edition. Folding frontispiece map of the solar system, many illustrations and tables and 9 plates at rear. Am.Im. 11424. Originally published in 1822, but all editions are scarce. A primer of astronomy, for the use of schools and academies, with questions. After a presentation of descriptive astronomy, there are lucid discussions of latitude and longitude, including a critique of the methods of determining longitude (Harrison's clock not yet having been invented), eclipses, equation of time, the atmosphere, orbital motion , precession, tides, meteors, etc., followed by sets of problems. The discussion is rather sophisticated for the era, and Uranus is called so, and not Herschel, after its discoverer, as in so many 19th century astronomy books. Wear at edges of spine and of boards. Foxing. Else, Very Good
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8822 Arago, M., and Lardner, Dionysius.- Popular Lectures on Astronomy Delivered at the Royal Observatory of Paris, by M. Arago, Member of the Institute of France, etc. with Extensive Additions and Corrections, by Dionysius Lardner, LL.D., Formerly Professor of Astronomy and Natural Philosophy in the University of London. New York. Greeley & McElrath. 1845. Astronomy Pages 96 pp.8vo. Disbound. First American Edition. Numerous drawings. A compendium of the most modern information on astronomy just befor mid-19th century in a series of lectures by the noted French astronomer, Arago, with emendations by Lardner. The Appendix consists of a table of the constellations in Northern and Southern celestial hemispheres. The lectures were never published by Arago, but a piracy in the form of a Belgian manuscript and in English translation were being circulated. In order to assure more accuracy, the publisher engaged Lardner, a noted astronomer in his own right, to correct and amend the manuscript. The result is this lucid, well illustrated series of chapters. Disbound. Shaken. Minimal spotting. Else, Very Good.
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Gibbs, J. Willard.- A Comparison of the Elastic and the Electrical Theories of Light with Respect to the Law of Double Refraction and the Dispersion of Colors. Art. XL. In The American Journal of Science, Third Series. Vol. XXXV (Whole Number CXXXV), Nos. 205–210. January to June, 1888. pp. 467–475. Bound Volume. New Haven, CT. J. D. & E. S. Dana. 1888. Pages 510 pp. Half tan calf with marbled boards. A.e.speckled. T.e.g. Binder's stamp on front free fly leaf: Simon & Barnum, Utica, N.Y. First Edition. Illustrated with grand folding maps, including a wonderful map of the crater of Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, and other plates. In this article Willard Gibbs, mathematician and thermodynamicist, Professor at Yale and perhaps the greatest American-born scientist of all time, analyzes theoretically the propagation of light, first as an elastic body and then as an electrical wave, and shows the concordance of theory and experiment with light considered electrical and the discordance of light as an elastic body. An important conclusion among many he has made in the application of statistical mechanics and thermodynamics to physical chemical and biological systems. Misprint on p. 467 labels this as Art. XXXIV, clearly at variance with the sequence of articles and the Index. Other articles include the history of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii by J. D. Dana (illustrated), an article on the speed of propagation of earthquakes by Simon Newcomb, and C. S. Hastings on the law of double refraction in Icelandic spar (which article was hailed by Gibbs (op. cit.) as confirming precisely Fresnel's Law, confirming again the important assumptions of statistical mechanics. Also present is a note by G. P. Merrill on the composition of a meteorite from San Bernadino County, California. Ex libris. Bookplate of Albert H. Chester. Lacks leather spine.Covers nearly detached. Else Very Good with intact text block.
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Lyell. Sir Charles.- The Geological Evidences of the Antiquity of Man, with Remarks on Theories of the Origin of Species by Variation. Illustrated by Woodcuts. Philadelphia. George W. Childs. 1863. Pages 518 pp.8vo. Blue-green publisher;s cloth, embossed with gilt fossils on front cover and gilt titling on spine. First American Edition. The first American edition of one ofthe most important works of the celebrated geologist of the nineteenth cetury. In this volume he spells out the concordance of the geologic evidence with the biological data supporting then current ideas on the origin of speciesby natural variation and selection, ideas developed by Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace and first published in 1858–59. He comments on cultural linguistics, the ideas of Lamarck and Man's place in Nature. Lyell also reveals his interactions with Darwin and his role (together with Hooker) in getting the naturalist to publish his important ideas on natural selection. A fascinating and paradoxically intimate scientific text. Wear to spine, at edges, and with chipping of upper spine. front hinge cracked internally; rear hinge starting internally. Marginal piece from front end paper; abrasion on rear pastedown. Slight yellowing of pages. Else, Very Good.
Price: $245.00

Perret, Frank A.- Volcanic Research at Kilauea in the Summer of 1911. A Series of Extracts from The American Journal of Science, Vols. XXXV–XXXVI, 1913. With a Report by Dr. Albert Brun on the Material Taken Directly from "Old Faithful." N.P. [New Haven]. The American Journal of Science. 1913. Pages 74 pp.8vo. Grey-tan printed paper covers. First Edition. Copiously Illustrated. A series of seven scientific papers, the last a summary, detailing the chemical, physical and other composition of lava, lava rivers and lakes, and gas fields associated with the Kilauea Volcano in Hawai'i. The physical transformations of lava, ejectamenta, and other formations are analysed and discussed. The history of the expedition is detailed. Among the many conclusions are the gaseous cause of lava fountains, the formation of gas ducts, burning gases, the formation of lava islands in liquid lava, gravitational influences on lava formations, the validity of native traditions, pressure casting of trees, the temperature and stability of lava formations, and direct analysis of the chemical and physical characteristics of collected samples of lava. From Benjamin Silliman's Journal, founded in 1818. Stamp on front cover: "Compliments - F. A. Perret." Paper spine torn along lowest 2". tear at edge of rear cover. Else Very Good +.
Price: $125.00

Smith, Asa.- Smith’s Illustrated Astronomy, Designed for the Use of the Public or Common Schools in the United States. Illustrated with Numerous Original Diagrams. New York. Cady & Burgess. 1850. Pages 68 pp.Fo. Illustrated paper covered boards with leather spine. Fifth Edition. An astronomical text and atlas with many diagrams. Question and answer sections. One of the best copies I have seen of this fragile item. Owner's signature on front free end paper: "George Henry Bullock / Bristol. Ont. Co. New York / Nov. the 14th 1854." Illustration of O. H. Mitchel's telescope in Cincinnati , the second largest in the United States, on cover and in text. Front hinge starting internally. Soiled covers. Wear at ends of spine. Few small water spots. Else, Very Good.
Price: $325.00

Anonymous.- Review of the Operations and Results of the Coast Survey. From The American Journal of Science and Arts, Vol. XXV, p. 75, 1858 N.P. American Journal of Science and Arts. 1858. 19 pp. 8vo. Printed paper wraps. Linen spine. First Edition. An extract from a scientific journal detailing the scope and charge of the coast and geodetic survey. The measurement of the entire US coastline, the magnetic survey of North America, accurate tidal measurements the mapping and charting of the US, the survey of the Gulf Stream are reviewed as well as the monumental coordination required of so many governmental agencies to achieve the desired ends. This mid-Nineteenth Century pamphlet details the origin of the still on-going Coast and Geodetic Survey of the United States. Ex libris. Spot on front cover and pp.1–3. Few small chips from edges of covers. Linen spine splitting. Text Very Good.
Price: $65.00

Newcomb, Simon.- Popular Astronomy. With One Hundred and Twelve Engravings, and Five Maps of the Stars. New York. Harper & Brothers. 1878. 566 pp. Copiously Illustrated. 8vo. Decorative Green Publisher's Cloth with a Grand View of Saturn in Gilt on Front Cover. First Edition. An authoritative review of 19th Century astronomy by one of the leading astronomers of all time. Newcomb was then Professor of Astronomy at the U. S. Naval Observatory and at the peak of his power. Newcomb's work on the libations and perturbations of the Uranus and the moon led to the discovery of Neptune and Pluto. Minor abrasion of covers and foxing. Else, Very Good.
Price: $95.00

Forbes, David, F.R.S., etc..- On the Chemistry of Primeval Earth. Extracted from the Geological Magazine, Vol. IV. No. 10. October, 1867. [pp.433-44]. N.P. Geological Magazine. 1867. 14 pp. 8vo. Printed Paper Wraps. First Edition. The author reviews a lecture by Dr. Sterry Hunt at the Royal Society on the origin of the earth. Forbes counters Hunt's contention that all layers of the earth are solidified and arise from cooling and then reaction of the primordial mix of heated gases composed of unreacted and non-reactive chemical elements. Further he finds the amount of quartz and silica to be too large to be accounted for, as Hunt avers, by secondary reactions on the cooling of the earth. Limestones, too, are formed by organic action, rather than by crystallization of inorganic salts, as suggested by Hunt. Other counterarguments are discussed cogently by Forbes. Cracking of Silver Tape Spine. Few markings. Else, Very Good
Price: $45.00

Jeffreys, Harold.- The Earth. Its Origin, History and Physical Constitution. New York. The Macmillan Company and Cambridge University Press. 1929. 346 pp. Large 8vo. Second Edition (Revised and Enlarged). An important revision of Jeffreys' 1924 publication on cosmogony and geophysics. Primarily based on his lectures at Cambridge. The revisions include data from Jeffreys' papers which were awarded the Adams Prize by Cambridge University in 1927. The mathematical foundation of geophysics is dealt with explicitly. Very Good.
Price: $110.00

Bell, Alexander Graham.- The Mechanism of Speech. Lectures Delivered before the American Association to Promote the Teaching of Speech to the Deaf, to Which is Appended a Paper, Vowel Theories, Read before the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. Illustrated with Charts and Diagrams. New York. Funk & Wagnalls Company. 1910. 133 pp. 8vo. Publisher's Cloth with Gilt Lettering. Foureth Edition. Originally published in 1906. The lectures were originally delivered to an audience of professionals, whose questions and their answers by Bell are appended in this edition. Slight fraying of head of spine. Scant foxing of end papers and staining of preliminary papges. Else, Very Good.
Price: $125.00

Lotka, A. J.- Studies on the Mode of Growth of Material Aggregates. Art. XXII. In The American Journal of Science - Fourth Series, Vol XXIV, No. 141. - September, 1907. Established by Benjamin Silliman in 1818. New Haven. Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Co. 1907 pp.197–216. 8vo. Grrey Printed Paper Wraps, as Issued. First Edition. Other articles in this complete issue include: Schwarz, Plains in Cape Colony; Washington, Catalan Volcanoes and Their Rocks; Palache, Mineralogical Notes; Hillebarand & Schaller, Mercury Minerals from Terlingua, Texas; and Kunz & Washington, Notes on the Forms of Arkansas Diamonds. The Lotka Paper is animportant discussion of the stability of equilibrium systems: a contribution, too, to the thermodymamics of irreversible systems and steady state thermodynamics. Very Good.
Price: $65.00

Rahe, Jürgen, Donn, Bertram, and Wurm, Karl. Atlas of Cometary Forms. Structures Near the Nucleus. Washington, DC. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. N.D. [ca. 1968] 128 pp. Small Folio. Publisher's Cloth. First Edition. NASA SP-198. A picture atlas, both visual and photographic, of cometary forms from 1835 to 1962. End papers Stained. Else, Very Good.
Price: $75.00

Michelson, Albert A.- Astronomical Papers Prepared for the Use of the American Ephemeris and Nautical Almanac. Printed by Authority of the Honorable The Secretary of the Navy. Vol. I, Part III. Experimental Determination of the Velocity of Light Made at the U. S. Naval Academy, Annapolis. Washington, D.C. Bureau of Navigation, Navy Department. 1880. pp. 109-145. 4to.. Printed Paper Wraps. First Edition. Michelson made several observations of the velocity of light between 1878 and 1880. This paper illustrates his methodology and results, representing the first accurate measurement of the velocity of light, the prime fundamental quantity of modern physics and astronomy. His measurements were fundamental to more accurate measurements of solar parallax and consequently solar and astronomical distances.Together with the notions of relativity, It is at the core of modern celestial mechanics. Later, with E. W. Morley, Michelson adapted this methodology in their measurement of the effect (none) of the ether on the velocity of light, a negative result which according to Dibner was fundamental in calling into question the basis of the classical Newtonian universe and leading into newer notions of time and space. Laid in is a printed slip: "Presented by direction of the Bureau of Navigation to Library, Worcester Free Institute. With the compliments of The Superintendent of the American Ephemeris." Few small chips from covers. Else, Very Good. Catalogue Royal Astron. Soc. (1886),p. 245. Bibliog.Gén. L'Astron.Vol. I,Pt.II, 15797; Vol. II, 363,1597. Pannekoek, A History of Astronomy.
Price: $350.00

Hawking, Stephen W. A Brief History of Time. From the Big Bang to Black Holes. Introduction by Carl Sagan. Toronto and New York. Bantam Books. 1988. 198 pp. 8vo. Publisher's Cloth. D.J. First Edition. Illustrations by Ron Miller. The immensely popular book on cosmology by Hawking in its first edition. Very Good/Very Good. 8000
Price: $50.00

Bion, Nicolai.- Dritte Eröffnung der neuen Mathematische Werck-Schüle/ Nicolai Bion, in welcher Die Zubereitung und der Gebrauch versdchiedener Astronomischen Instrumenten beschrieben wird, von Johann Gabriel Doppelmayr, P.P. Bound with: Weitere Eröffnung der neuen Mathematische Werck-Schüle/ Nicolai Bion, in welcher Sowol die Zubereitung als der Gebrauch verschiedener anderer Mathematischen/absonderlich der zur Geometrie und Optique gehörigen Instrumenten, die im befagten Auctore nicht zu (Doppelmayr, Johann Gabriel). Nürnberg. Peter Conrad Monath. 1727. Third Edition. Two Volumes bound together, from1741 &1727. Bion (1652-1733) made and sold globes. He was appointed by Louis XIV to the post of Engineer of the King for Mathematical instruments. His writings were published in France, Germany, Holland and England, the latter translated by Edmund Stone. Here are his mathematical exegeses on astronomical and optical instrumentation, the core of his important work.
Price: $2,200.00

Born, Max.- Moderne Physik. Sieben Vorträge über Materie und Strahlung. Berlin. Verlag von Julius Springer. 1933. First Edition. In German. Edited by Dr. Fritz Sauter. Born Was Nobel Laureate in Physics for 1954. Piece Clipped out of Title Page.
Price: $150.00

Born, Max. Natural Philosophy and Cause and Chance. Being the Waynflete Lectures. Delivered in the College of St. Mary Magdalen, Oxford in Hilary Term 1948. Oxford. Oxford at the Clarendon Press. 1949. Deep Blue Publisher's Cloth. First Edition. Copy of J. G. Schrödinger (?)(?Family of Erwin Schrödinger, 1933 Nobel Laureate in Physics). Born Received the Nobel Prize In Physics for 1954. Near Fine.
Price: $125.00

Chalmers, Thomas.- A Series of Discourses on the Christian Revelation, Viewed in Connexion with Modern Astronomy. New York. Kirk & Mercein. 1818. First American Edition. Speaks Approvingly of Newton’s Theology. An important attempt to rationalize science with religion. relevant to many of today's issues, especially relevant to the Kansas Board of Education. See Wayland’s Life of Chalmers.
Price: $95.00

Chauvenet, William.- A Manual of Spherical and Practical Astronomy: Embracing the General Problems of Spherical Astronomy, The Special Applications to Nautical Astronomy, and the Theory and Use of Fixed and Portable Astronomical Instruments. With an Appendix on the Method of Least Squares. Two Volumes. Philadelphia. J. B. Lippincott Company. 1896. Fifth Edition. Original Publication in 1863. Disciple of Bessel. Second Edition, 1864, in Catalogue of the Library of the Royal Astronomical Society, 1886. 2nd (#1048) & 5th (#5991) Ed. in Catalogue des Ouvrages d’Astronomie et de Météorologie ...Belgique, Bruxelles, 1878.
Price: $250.00

Davy, Humphry.- Electrochemische Untersuchungen von Humphry Davy. (1806–1807). Vorgelesen in der königl. Societät zu London als Bakerian Lecture am 20. November 1806 und am 19. November 1807. Mit Einer Tafel. Heraugegeben von W. Ostwald. Leipzig. Verlag von Wilhelm Engelmann. 1893. 92 pp. Small 8vo. Printed gray coated paper boards Ostwald's Klassiker Der Exakten Wissenschaften (Ostwald's Classics of Exact Science), Nr. 45. Sir Humphry Davy's famous Bakerian Lectures to the Royal Society of London in 1806–7, here translated by the illustrious chemical physicist Ostwald in a German Series of Scientific Classics, published at the end of the 19th Century. Selective titles of the Series are listed inside the rear cover. There is one plate. This copy is Ex Libris the Rockefeller Institute Library and displays their bookplate on the front pastedown. Some wear at edges of spine and covers; mild soiling of covers with small tape mark, and a chip on front cover. Perforated library stamp and stamp of previous owner, the illustrious biochemist P. A. Levene, who did much early research on the structure and composition of gelatin and of nucleic acids at the Rockefeller Institute. A Very Good copy of a fragile and interesting item with a noble heritage.
Price: $55.00

Delaunay, M. Ch. - Cours Élémentaire d’Astronomie. Albert-Lévy, M. (Revised and Completed). Paris,France. G. Masson & Garnier Frères. 1885. A.E.G. Seventh Edition. Many Good Illustrations. A Superb 19th Century Text on Astronomy by the Illustrious Director of the Paris Observatory, the Intellectual Heir to Laplace. Very Good.
Price: $75.00

Herschel, Sir John F.-W.- Traité D’Astronomie. Paris. Paulin, Libraire-Éditeur. 1854. First French Edition. Herschel's Overview on Astronomy Translated and Continued with an Addition on the Distribution of Cometary Orbits in Space by Augustin Cournot. Illustrated.
Price: $150.00

Herzberg, Gerhard. - Atomic Spectra and Atomic Structure. New York. Prentice-Hall, Inc. 1937. First Edition. A Modern Classic of Chemical Physics and Spectroscopy. Translated by J. W. T. Spinks. By a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry for 1971. Very Good.
Price: $150.00

Herzberg, Gerhard. - Infrared and Raman Spectra of Polyatomic Molecules. New York. D. Van Nostrand Company, Inc. 1945 . First Edition . A Modern Classic of Chemical Physics and Spectroscopy. By a Nobel Laureate in Chemistry for 1971. D.J. Near Fine. Some Wear to Edges of D.J.
Price: $150.00

Hoyle, Fred. - Frontiers of Astronomy. London. William Heinemann Ltd. 1955. 360 pp. Numerous Illustrations. Spectacular Astronomical Photographs. 8vo. First Edition. An Overview of Cosmology by the Coiner of the theory of the Big Bang and the Expanding Universe. His Best Explication of His Own Views. Spine Slightly Faded. Else Very Good.
Price: $100.00

Jeans, James H.- The Stars in their Courses. New York. The Macmillan Company. 1931. First American Edition. Popular Lectures on Astronomy.
Price: $60.00

[Magazine Cover].- Harper’s Weekly. May 21, 1910. “See Halley’s Comet.” Cartoon of Paperboy Looking through Telescope. New York. Harper & Brothers. 1910. First Edition. Extaordinarily Graphic and Comic Cover.
Price: $150.00

Mitchell, Henry.- Tides and Tidal Phenomena: For The Use More Particularly of U. S. Naval Officers. Washington, DC. Bureau of Navigation. Navy Department. 1868. Paper Covers, as Issued. First Edition. Inscribed by Mitchell to E. K. Turner. Navy Scientific Papers, No. 2.
Price: $110.00

Mitchell, O. M. - The Planetary and Stellar Worlds. A Popular Exposition of the Great Discoveries and Theories of Modern Astronomy. In a Series of Ten Lectures. New York. Phinney, Blakeman & Mason. 1861. Publisher’s Cloth. Gilt Title. Later Edition. Popular Lectures by One of America's Great 19th Century Astronomers. Nice Plates. Preface Reviews the Trials of Erecting Cincinnati's Telescope. Edges Wearing.
Price: $80.00

5040 Ostrander, Tobias.- The Planetarium and Astronomical Calculator. New York. M’Elrath Bangs & Co. 1834. Third Edition. Illustrated.Tipped in Is a Newspaper Clipping from ?1890, Referring to the Book as by an Author from the Town of Lyons.
Price: $300.00

[Pamphlet] Ballot, Buijs.- Suggestions on a Uniform System of Meteorological Observations (1872). Also: A Sequel to The Suggestions on a Uniform System of Meteorological Observations (1873). Utrecht, Holland. Royal Dutch Meteorological Intitute. 1872. Yellow Paper Covers. First Edition. Two Separate Pamphlets. Proposes a Set of Standards for Meteorological Observations. Taped at Spine. Ex Libris.
Price: $125.00

Steele, J. Dorman. - Fourteen Weeks in Descriptive Astronomy. New York. A. S. Barnes & Co. 1869. First Edition. Popular Lectures on Mid-19th C. Astronomy. Staining.Spine Taped with Old Back Laid Down.
Price: $25.00

[Stereoscopic View].- Lick Observatory, Mount Hamilton, California. Littleton, NH. B. W. Kilburn. First Edition. N.D. .
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[Stereoscopic View].- Rutherford’s View of the Moon. Boston. Joseph L. Bates. First, as Such. N.D. [Negatives Taken September 15 and November 13, 1864]. The first stereo views of the moon were made from Rutherford's negatives (taken at different times to maximize the stereo effect) by Bierstadt Brothers and S. F. Adams of New Bedford . They were so successful that other photographers, like Bates, obtained permission to issue copies.Produced by Bates for the Holmes Stereoscope. See Item AB 1045. Very Good. Darrah, Stereo Views, p.165.
Price: $125.00

Todd, David. - A New Astronomy. New York. American Book Company. 1906. Colored Frontispiece and Many Other Illustrations. Second Edition. Illustrated. Original Copyright 1897. Very Good
Price: $65.00

Tyndall, John.- New Fragments. New York. D. Appleton and Company. 1892. First American (Authorized) Edition. Tyndall was a great scientist and popularizer, the Carl Sagan of his day. Ex Libris. Residual Library Marks on Spine and Internally. Else, Very Good.
Price: $50.00

Warren, Henry White.- Recreations in Astronomy with Directions for Practical Experiments and Telescopic Work. New York. Chautauqua Press (Harper & Brothers). 1886. 284 pp. Many Woodcuts and Illustrations. (83 Illustrations and Maps of the Stars). 12mo. Brown Publisher's Cloth. Blind Tooling of Ursa Major and Polaris on Front Cover. Gilt Title. Second Edition. Original Copyright 1879. Illustrated. Mild Foxing. Otherwise Very Good.
Price: $75.00

Weyl, Hermann.- Gruppentheorie und Quantenmechanik. Leipzig. Verlag von S. Hirzel. 1928. 288 pp. 8vo. Red Publisher's Cloth. First Edition. Publisher's Ads on Rear Fly Leaf and Pastedown. Ex Libris. Library bookplate on front pastedown. A classic of contemporary physics; an approach in contrast with Heisenberg's work. Weyl, who was seminal in the development of mathematical physics, here applies matrix algebra to the new theories of quantum mechanics. In German, as Originally Published. Wear to Head of Spine. Library markings. Otherswise Very Good.
Price: $135.00

Weyl, Hermann. Zur Gravitationstheorie. In "Annalen der Physik," Vierte Folge. Band 54. pp. 117-145, 1918. Leipzig. Der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft. 1918. 29 pp. Bound Volume. Quarter Morocco. First Edition. Ex libris. Weyl applies classical Hamiltonian methodologies to space-time considerations of gravitational effects on the electron. He rationalizes theory and experiment, using classical methods to confirm some of Einstein's predictions. Very Good. Few Abrasions on Spine.
Price: $175.00

Whitehead, Alfred North. - The Concept of Nature. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press. 1926. 202 pp. 8vo. Blue Publisher's Cloth. Second Edition. Reprint of First Edition (1920). This is Whitehead's Synthesis of His Thoughts on the New Physic, Space and Time. An Important Summary of His Philosophical Oeuvre. Very Good. Gilt Title Very Bright.
Price: $100.00

Wilkins, John.- Elements of Astronomy, Illustrated with Plates, for the Use of Schools and Academies, with Questions. Boston. Hilliard, Gray, Little, and Wilkins. 1832. 1/4 Calf and Marbled Boards. Stereotype Edition. Originally Published in 1823. Folding Frontis and 9 Plates at Rear, All Present. Owner’s Signature: Harriet Durfee, New Bedford. Foxed. Shaw 11424.
Price: $90.00

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