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AGASSIZ, Alexander. LETTERS AND RECOLLECTIONS. With a Sketch of His Life and Work. Edited by G.R. Agassiz. With Portraits and Other Illustrations. Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin, 1913. 8vo, vii, (5), 454pp, frontispiece, 17 b&w illus., 2 maps in front and rear cover pockets. Brown cloth, gilt lettered, teg, partially uncut. Near fine. $125. ¶ First Edition. Morphologist, geologist, zoölogist, voyager and explorer of the Atlantic, Pacific, Mexico and India, successful mining man, founding father and benefactor of Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, collector of Oriental art, etc., the Swiss-born, American-bred Agassiz (1835-1910) spent his life pursuing scientific research well-cushioned by his financial success. Here, his son George has compiled his father’s papers to reveal the restless spirit and inquiring mind behind a man who may be compared to Sir Richard Burton in his wanderings, ecumenical interests and polymath abilities. With maps in pristine condition.

 

AGRICOLA, Georgius - Herbert & Lou Henry Hoover, translators. DE RE METALLICA. London. Published for the Translators by The Mining Magazine, 1912. Folio, (4), xxxi, 640pp, facsimiles of the original woodcuts, many full-page, including folding plate, general index, index to persons, index to illustrations. Orig full vellum, lettering in black, raised bands, front joint restored, binding somewhat stained, otherwise a very good copy. $600. ¶ First edition in English of one the first systematic treatise on mining and metals. Dibner Heralds of Science 88. Printing and the Mind of Man 79. First published in 1556, and translated into English for the first time by Hoover, who was a mining engineer before he entered politics. It is and one of the first technological books of modern times. The book is fascinating for its illustrations of the exploitation of the natural world. 1476 copies were printed.

 

ALDINI, Giovanni HABILLEMENT DU POMPIER pour le Préserver de l’Action de la Flamme. Milan: Imprimerie Impériale & Royale, 1828. 8vo, 15pp, hand-colored engraved frontis. Unprinted wrappers, some spotting, unopened copy. $375. ¶ With the famous frontispiece (here hand-colored) of a man in a fire-proof mask plunging his face into a bowl of flames. Aldini (1762-1834) championed his uncle Galvani’s discovery of "animal electricity" in the controversy with Volta. In his later years he turned his attention to lighthouses, quarrying, and fire fighting.

 

[AMOREUX, Pierre Joseph]. DISSERTATION HISTORIQUE ET CRITIQUE SUR L’ORIGINE DU CACHOU. Montpellier: Renaud, 1812. 8vo, 56pp. Wrappers, very good. $150. ¶ First Edition of this rare monograph on catechu, an extract of acacia and several other genuses used in dyeing, tanning, manufacture of fibrous substances, and pharmacy. The author seeks to discover who first identified it and where it was first put to its various uses. The doctor Pierre Joseph Amoreux (d.1824) was librarian of the medical school in Montpellier, where he published a great number of works on medicine, natural history and agriculture, including one of the earliest monographs on the cultivation of the olive tree. NUC cites one copy at Harvard.

 

ASHTON, John. EIGHTEENTH CENTURY WAIFS. Essays on Social Life and Biography of the Eighteenth Century. Detroit: Singing Tree Press, 1968. 8vo, iv. 353pp, dec. initials. Brown cloth, gilt lettered, fine. $25. ¶ Facsimile reprint of the London, Hurst & Blackett first edition of 1887. With publisher’s publicity notice laid-in.

 

(Atomic energy). HEARINGS BEFORE SUBCOMMITTEES OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON ATOMIC ENERGY CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES Eighty-Fifth Congress Second Session on Outer Space Propulsion by Nuclear Energy January 22,23, and February 6, 1958.] (cover title). Washington: Printed for the use of the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, 1958. 8vo, 232pp. Orig. printed stapled wrappers, library stamp on top cover, very good. $25.

 

(Atomic energy). HEARINGS BEFORE THE SPECIAL SUBCOMMITTEE ON RADIATION of the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy, Congress of the United States... June 22-26, 1959. Washington: GPO, 1959. 8vo, 966pp. Numerous maps, illustations & plates (some folding). Orig. wrappers. Very good. $30.

 

ATOMIC ENERGY COMMISSION & United States Geological Survey. PROSPECTING FOR URANIUM. Published by the...(Revised October 1951). Washington, DC, 1951. Sm. 12mo, iv, 128pp, 15 plates, illustrated, errata page laid in. Orig. printed wrappers, very good. $20.

 

AZUNI, Dom.-Alb. DISSERTATION SUR L’ORIGINE DE LA BOUSSOLE. Paris: Ant.-Aug. Renouard, 1805. 8vo, xvi, 133, (1)pp. Calf backed boards, spine decorated & lettered in gilt, sprinkled edges, library bookplate & discard stamps. A good copy. $250. ¶ First Edition of a rare work on the origin of the compass by Azuni (1760-1827), a judge of the Tribunal of Commerce and Maritime of Nice. NUC records 2 copies.

 

(Bacon, Roger). CHARLES, Emile. ROGER BACON, Sa Vie, Ses Ouvrages, Ses Doctrines... Paris: Hachette, 1861. 8vo, xv, 416pp. Quarter red morocco, gilt title and arms of the Lycee de Lyon on front board, very good. $250. ¶ First Edition of an early work treating the life, works, method, philosophy, and scientific discoveries of the most prominent scholar in England in the 13th century. A man of vast erudition and of prophetic vision, Bacon’s works show a knowledge of Euclid, Ptolemy, Theodosius, Archimedes and of the works of the various Arab writers. He was familiar with the writings of Aristotle and with some of the commentaries upon them. Bacon laid the principles for a reform of the calendar, explained the phenomena of shooting stars and stated that the Ptolemaic system was unscientific.

 

(Barchas). LOWOOD, Henry H. THE BARCHAS COLLECTION. THE MAKING OF MODERN SCIENCE. Stanford, California: Department of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, 1985. 8vo, blue cloth. Fine. $50.

 

(BATESON, Gregory). David Lipset. GREGORY BATESON. The Legacy of a Scientist. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, (1980). 8vo, b&w photographic section. Orig.brown cloth in dust jacket, very good. $25. ¶ First Edition.

 

(Behaim). RAVENSTEIN, E.G. MARTIN BEHAIM, His Life and His Globe. London: George Philip, 1908. Folio, viii + 124 pp, facs of globe in color, 11 maps (5 colored), & 17 illus. Cloth backed boards. Very good. $500. ¶ First Edition, one of 510 numbered copies, with the facsimile in the rear pocket of the Nuremberg geographer’s globe, printed in 15 colors by W. Griggs, on four large folded sheets, each measuring 76 x 61 cm. Penrose p.51.

 

BELFRAGE, Sally. FREEDOM SUMMER. New York: Viking Press, 1966. 8vo, 246pp. Blue cloth, black lettered, dustjacket, near fine in nearly very good dj. $25. ¶ First Edition, fifth printing.

 

[BELL, Dr. Eric Temple]. John Taine. SEEDS OF LIFE. Reading: Fantasy Press, 1951. 8vo, 255pp. Rust cloth, gilt lettered, dust jacket, fine in fine dj. $175. ¶ First Edition, no. 24 of 300 copies signed and numbered by the author on inserted leaf (of a total edition of 2500). With cover, bacterial decorations & endpapers by Ric Brinkley. By the former Cal Tech scientist and mathematician. Currey, Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors, A Bibliography, p.29. Barron, Anatomy of Wonder 2-126.

 

BERGMANN, Peter G. THE RIDDLE OF GRAVITATION. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, (1968). 8vo, black cloth, dust jacket, lacking front free endpaper, jacket slight worn, otherwise very good. $15.

 

BERNSTEIN, Jeremy. THE ANALYTICAL ENGINE: Computers - Past, Present and Future. New York: Random House, [1967]. 8vo, xi, (1), 113, (3)pp. Black cloth. Very good copy without a dust jacket. $20. ¶ First edition. Randell p.110: "A popular introduction to computers, and discussion of the work of Babbage, Aiken, Stibitz..."

 

(Berthelot). CENTENAIRE DE MARCELIN BERTHELOT. 1827-1927. Paris: 1929. Lg. 4to, 709, (5)pp, frontisportrait of Berthelot, several plates, incl. 4 mounted facsimiles of MSS, numerous full-page illus. Orig. full calf, gilt backstrip, with gilt relief portrait of Berthelot on upper board, some scuffing, joints weak, some minor spotting on first few leaves, otherwise very good. [with] [MATIGNON, Camille] L’ŒUVRE DE MARCELIN BERTHELOT. Paris: Chimie et Industrie, 1926]. 4to, 8pp. Orig. printed wrappers, a little chipped & dust-soiled. $150. ¶ Second & best edition of this extensive documentation of festivities commemorating the centenial anniversary of the French chemist Pierre-Eugène-Marcelin Berthelot (1827-1907), known for his research in explosives, dyestuffs, the synthesis of organic compounds, and thermochemistry. With a bibliography of Berthelot’s writings. The first, considerably less extensive edition appeared in 1927.

 

BION, Nicolas. L’USAGE DES GLOBES CELESTE ET TERRESTRE ET DES SPHERES. Suivant les Différens Systêmes du Monde. Précédé d’un Traité de Cosmographie ... Sixiéme Edition, revûe, & corrigée. Paris, 1751. 4to, 49 engraved plates, 23 of them folding). Calf. Very good. $650. ¶ Sixth Edition. The first edition of 1699 is a significantly smaller book with about half the plates of this edition. Graesse I, 429. Poggendorff I, 194f.. Houzeau & Lancaster 9735. Stevenson, Terrestrial and Celestial Globes (1921) II, 153.

 

BISHOP, Amasa S. PROJECT SHERWOOD. The U.S. Program in Controlled Fusion by...Prepared for the United States Atomic Energy Commission. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley Publishing Co., [1958]. 8vo, x, 216pp. Illustrated, cloth, dust-jacket, bookplate, very good, internally fine. $20. ¶ First Edition.

 

BORN, Max. THE CONSTITUTION OF MATTER. Modern Atomic and Electron Theories. Translated from the Second Revised German Edition by E.W. Blair and T.S. wheeler. New York: E.P. Dutton, [1923].. 8vo, viii, 80pp, 37 diagrams & photographs. Orig. blue cloth, front board & spine gilt. Light external wear, patch of light soiling, bookplate & embossed stamp, very good. $75. ¶ First American Edition of this celebrated survey of the physical theory of atoms. Composed of three essays, the work contains two which discuss questions which Born himself endeavoured to answer. Known for his work on the theory of relativity and the space-lattice theory of crystals, Max Born (1882-1970) was awarded the Nobel prize in physics for his statistical description of Schrödinger’s wave functions.

 

BOTZOW jr., Hermann S. MONORAILS. New York: Simmons-Boardman, 1960. 8vo, 104pp, b&w illus. Orig. light blue cloth, nearly fine; b&w photographic dust jacket, with lightly worn with 1/2 inch chip to lower spine edge, very good. $75. ¶ First Edition.

 

BOYLE, Robert. THE SCEPTICAL CHYMIST: Or Chymico-Physical Doubts & Paradoxes, Touching the Spagyrist’s Principles Commonly Call’d Hypostatical; As They Are Wont to be Propos’d and Defended by the Generality of Alchymists. Whereunto is Praemis’d Part of Another Discourse Relating to the Same Subject. London: Dawsons of Pall Mall, 1965. 8vo, (18), 442pp. Quarter brown grained cloth over contrasting brown grained cloth, gilt lettered spine, fine. $75. ¶ Photo-facsimile reprint of the 1661 first edition of one of the most important works in the history of science, a work that "opens the modern period of chemistry and marks the end of the doctrine of the four elements of the Aristotelians," (Singer, Short History of Scientific Ideas to 1900).

 

BRADY, John.  CLAVIS CALENDARIA; or, a Compendious Analysis of the Calendar: Illustrated with Ecclesiastical, Historical and Classical Anecdotes. London: Printed for the Author and Sold by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1812. 2 vols, 8vo, xxxv, 371, frontispiece, 376pp. Contemporary quarter calf over boards, on-laid black and green morocco spine labels, gilt lettered and numbered, endpapers foxed, some rubbing to extremities, otherwise an unusually clean, internally near fine, externally very good copy. $275. ¶ First Edition. Brady explains the origins of the calendar, its various elements, and its variegated history, with full indices. Quite popular upon its publication, a second edtion was issued in the same year, and others followed soon thereafter. Lowndes p.253.

 

(Brahe, Tycho). GADE, John Allyne. THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TYCHO BRAHE. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1947. 8vo, blue cloth in tattered dust jacket. $45. ¶ First American Edition of the definitive study of the great astronomer.

 

BRONOWSKI, J. THE COMMON SENSE OF SCIENCE. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1958. 8vo, 154pp. Red cloth, gilt lettered, dust jacket, fine in very good dj. $25. ¶ First American Edition.

 

BUTLER, Samuel. ESSAYS ON LIFE ART AND SCIENCE. Edited by R.A. Streatfeild. London: A.C. Fifield, 1908. 8vo, xii, 340pp. Orig. cloth. Slightly dustsoiled, very good, with the bookplate of Paul Jordan Smith. $35. ¶ Second edition, made up from the sheets of the first edition and a cancel title. Only about 1000 copies were made up this way. The volume includes "The Deadlock in Darwinism." Hoppé p.85.

 

CARSON, Rachel L. THE SEA AROUND US. Drawings by Katherine L. Howe. New York: Oxford University Press, 1951. 8vo, vii, 230pp, 5 illus. Publisher’s original green pictorial boards, illus. endpapers, dust jacket, very good. $350. ¶ Association Copy, signed and inscribed by the author to Shirley Collier, her literary agent. The author’s second book, preceding her classic, The Silent Spring, both of which viewed as cornerstones of ecological science and environmentalism inspired a generation of activists and awakened the world to the damage we were causing to our environment and, by extension, to ourselves. Later printing, rarely found with signature.

 

CARUS, Paul. THE MECHANISTIC PRINCIPLE AND THE NON-MECHANICAL. An Inquiry Into Fundamentals With Extracts From Representatives of Either Side. Chicago: Open Court, 1913. 8vo, iv, 125pp. Green cloth, black lettered, black ruled borders, dust jacket, very good+ in good dj. $125. ¶ First Edition. Reprints extracts from Samuel Clemens’ (Mark Twain) postumously issued What Is Man? (1906), and present’s La Mettrie’s view of man as machine. Text is first edition but the dust jacket is dated 1917. Extremely scarce in dj.

 

CHAPTAL, John Antony. CHYMISTRY APPLIED TO AGRICULTURE. Boston: Hilliard, Gray, 1835. 8vo, xl, 365pp. Contemporary full calf, morocco spine label, gilt lettered, loss at spine extremes, rubbing, edgewear, scattered foxing, pencilings to endpapers, otherwise a tight, good copy. $200. ¶ First Edition in English, translated (uncredited, by W.P. Page) from the second French edition, the original French issue published in 1823. Chaptal (1756-1832) was one of Europe’s foremost practitioners of applied chemistry, France’s number one chemical manufacturer, a Minister of the Interior, and economist. His gift to oenology was the process now known as chaptalization, the adding of sugar to wine must to improve fermentation in insufficiently ripened grapes. The present volume is one of the primary works on the application of chemistry and chemical methodology to agricultural products, i.e., in food preservation; fermentation of grape juice, cider and beer; alcohol distillation; butter and cheese manufacture; preparation of fruit juices and other beverages; and purification of water. Other topics explored include farm sanitation; washing and cleaning of fabrics; indigo fabrication, and beet sugar manufacture. No copies in OCLC. DSB III, p.203. Rare.

 

CHOMSKY, Noam. SYNTACTIC STRUCTURES. The Hague: Mouton & Co., 1957. 8vo, 116pp. Printed wrappers, a few mild spots, age-toning to wrapper margins, otherwise near fine. $450. ¶ First Edition, first printing, of Chomsky’s first book, the epochal study which revolutionized the study of linguistics.

 

(CHORDAL). James W. See (ed.). EXTRACTS FROM CHORDAL’S LETTERS Comprising the Choicest Selections from the Series of Articles Entitled "Extracts From Chordal’s Letters," which Have Been Apearing for the Past Two Years in the Columns of the Maerican Machinist. With Steel Portrait of the Author; Also, Original Illustrations by Chas. J. Taylor. Preface by the Author. New YorK: American Machinist Publ. Co., 1880. 8vo, 320, (16)pp as adv., frontispiece, 12 full-page b&w illus. Brown cloth, gilt lettered and ornamented spine, gilt lettered boards, blocked in black, beveled edges, spine head and tail chipped, otherwise nearly fine. $125. ¶ First Edition, inscribed: "Prof. S.W. Robinson With Compliments of the American Machinist." The American Machinist was an independent 16-page weekly illustrated journal of practical mechanics and engineering. "Chordal’s Letters" was a prominent and popular feature; it supported the machinists’ cause, and urged the trade to seek education and prosperity.

 

CLARIDGE, John. THE SHEPHERD OF BANBURY’S RULES to judge of the Changes of the Weather, Grounded on Forty Years’ Experience…to which is added a Rational Account of the Causes of such Alterations, the Nature of Wind, Rain, Snow, &c. A New Edition, corrected. London: Thomas Hurst, Edward Chance, & Co., 1827. Sm. 8vo, xi, 56pp. Orig. quarter red roan, drab boards slightly stained, otherwise very good. $100. ¶ New edition of this classic text first printed in 1670 as The Shepherd’s Legacy, containing all the wise saws about weather, frequently given in rhyming form. Thus: "Red in the morning, shepherd’s warning, red at night, shepherd’s delight" etc. In addition, Claridge has culled a good deal of folk wisdom about the weather and included it in this new version of an old favorite.

 

COBLENTZ, Stanton A. UNDER THE TRIPLE SUNS. Reading: Fantasy Press, 1955. 8vo, 224pp. Black cloth, gilt lettered, dust jacket, a fine copy. $75. ¶ First Edition. Cover art by Hannes Bok.

 

CROWTHER, J.G. DISCOVERIES AND INVENTIONS OF THE 20th CENTURY. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, (1955). 8vo, xvii, 432pp, illustrated. Very good in cloth. $20. ¶ Fourth edition, revised & enlarged.

 

CUMMINGS, Ray. THE SHADOW GIRL. London: Gerald G. Swan, 1946. 8vo, 186pp. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, dust jacket, fine in nearso dj. $65. ¶ First Edition in book form. Sci-fi mystery/romance involving time travel and early experiments with television that originally appeared in Argosy Magazine, 1929. With an attractive dust jacket. Bleiler p.54. Anatomy of Wonder 2-29.

 

DANDOLO, [Vicenzo] M. Le Comte. DE L’ART D’ELEVER LES VERS-A-SOIE, Pour Obtenir Constamment, d’une Quantite Donnee de Feuilles de Murier, La Plus Grande Quantite Possible de Cocons de Premiere Quality…Traduit de l’Italien par [François Philibert] Fontaneilles. Paris: Tournachon - Molin et Seguin, 1819. 8vo, xvi, 401, (3)pp, 2 folding tables, 2 folding plates. Quarter brown crushed morocco over pastepaper boards, gilt lettering, some rubbing, edgewear, otherwise a tight, clean, good copy. $250. ¶ First Edition in French, augmented with many notes by Fontaneilles, of Dandolo’s Art of Rearing Silkworms, obtaining the greatest quantity of mulberry leaves, and the best number possible of premium quality cocoons. Dandolo (1758-1819), an Italian chemist and agriculturist, was made governor of Dalmatia by Napoleon and helped improve conditions in that country by draining the pestilential swamps and introducing improved methods of agriculture. Scarce. pnly two copies in OCLC. Bradley III, p.373.

 

DANKOLER, Harry E. THE ICE AGE AND THE HISTORY OF THE EARTH. Chicago: Ralph Fletcher Seymour, 1941. 8vo, 154pp, frontispiece, 14 b&w illus. Green cloth, blue letteed, dust jacket, very good in fair dj. $75. ¶ First Edition, a Presentation Copy inscribed to William Randolph Hearst, with Hearst’s paramour Marion Davies’ bookplate. An interesting association copy: the author discusses Hearst’s expedition in search of the mysterious Lemurian people, survivors of a lost Pacific Ocean continent, supposedly living in caves within California’s Mt. Shasta. Weird science at its loopiest.

 

DARWIN, Charles JOURNAL OF RESEARCHES into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries Visited During the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle round the the World, under the Command of Cap. Fitz Roy, R.N. New York: D. Appleton, 1897. 8vo, x, 519pp. Half red calf, marbled boards, teg, bookplate, wormhole lower corner pp.515-519, tear to p. v, light wear to extremities, small chip at spine tail, otherwise very good. $200. ¶ Authorized Edition, from the stereos of the London, John Murray 1870 edition with the new preliminaries and postscript from the Murray, 1860 issue. The final definitive text of Darwin’s first book, certainly the most often read. "It is an important travel book in its own right and its relation to the background of his evolutionary ideas has often been stressed" (Freeman). The first edition formed the third volume of The Narrative of the Voyages of H.M. Ships Adventure and Beagle, edited by Fitzroy and published in 1839. Freeman 86; cf. Freeman 22.

 

DARWIN, Charles. THE VARIATION OF ANIMALS AND PLANTS UNDER DOMESTICATION. Authorized Edition, with a Preface by Professor Asa Gray. New York: Orange Judd, [1868]. 2 vols, 8vo, 494, (6 ads); 568, (8 ads)pp. Original green cloth, gilt, spine ends a little worn, rear joint vol. 2 cracking, otherwise very good. $500. ¶ First American Edition, with the author’s corrections and additions not included in the English edition. Variation is the second work to incorporate notes and material which Darwin had planned as a series of studies the overview of which was delineated in his On the Origin of Species. It is regarded as Darwin's most significant contribution to the science of genetics, and although his hypothesis is now viewed as invalid, it is nonetheless of great importance in the history of the field. Freeman 879. Cf. G-M 224.1; Heirs of Hippocrates 944; Norman 597.

 

DARWIN, Erasmus. THE BOTANIC GARDEN. A Poem in Two Parts. Part I. Containing the Economy of Vegetation. Part II. The Loves of the Plants. With Philosophical Notes. London: J. Johnson, 1791-90. 2 vols in one, 4to, xii, 126, (2); (2), xi, 202pp, 2 frontispieces by Fuseli, 20 engraved plates, incl. 5 engraved by William Blake, l vignette, errata leaves in both parts. Contemp. boards, lacking label, some foxing and off-setting of plates, two wormholes at bottom of last few quires, bookplates, a very good copy. $675. ¶ First Edition of vol. I and second edition of vol. II of the chief source of Erasmus Darwin’s fame in his lifetime. Although the poem is interesting, the 300 footnotes and 115 pages of appendices are the major part of the book; the first part is a far-reaching survey of science and technology with important sections concerning evolutionary theory and the second part deals specifically with vegetable sex life. The work is also treasured for the five plates that Blake engraved in part I, of which ‘The Fertilization of Egypt’ is the best known. Erasmus Darwin (1731-1802), grandfather to Charles Darwin, was a famed eccentric in an age of unusual men, an inventor, writer, natural historian, and friend (or sometimes enemy) of many great men of his time including Blake, Rousseau, and Dr. Johnson. Bentley, Blake Books, 450. Blake 450A. King-Hele 97-119. Henrey 469. Wheeler Gift 555.

 

DE CAMP, L. Sprague & P. Schuyler Miller. GENUS HOMO. Reading: Fantasy Press, 1950. 8vo, 225pp. Green cloth, gilt lettered, dust jacket, fine in very good+ dj. $150. ¶ First Edition, binding A, issue A of 500 copies signed and numbered by the authors on an inserted leaf. This is copy no. 24. A busload of men and women are buried during a tunnel cave-in, survive in a state of suspended animation, awaken a million years into the future, and must cope in world without humanity but with intelligent apes. "Boldly considers practicality of nudity, polygamy, and the amalgamation of humans into the gorilla culture that befriends them" (Barron). By one of the formative personalities in the development of pulp science-fiction. With a stunning cover by Edd Cartier. Currey, Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors, A Bibliography, p.133. Barron, Anatomy of Wonder 4-193.

 

DEBUS, Allen G. THE ENGLISH PARACELSIANS. New York: Science History Publications, 1965. 8vo, 222pp. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, Dust jacket with white lettering on green. $50.

 

DECAISNE, J[oseph]. RECHERCHES ANATOMIQUES ET PHYSIOLOGIQUES SUR LA GARANCE, sur le Devèloppement de la matière colorante dans cette plante, sur la culture et sa préparation, suivies de l'examen botanique du genre rubio et de ses espèces. Bruxelles: Hayez 1837. 4to, 77, (1), (with ca. 40 blank)pp plus 10 fold-out plates, 9 in color, engraved by Borromée. Quarter-calf, marbled boards & endpapers, title-page slightly torn, some foxing, library stamps, good. $150. ¶ First Edition of this detailed study on the physiology and cultivation of madder, the root of Rubia tinctorum. Madder had been used for dyeing as well as medicinally since at least the Middle Ages. Plesch 193. Pritzel 2088. Lindley p.110. Linnaean Society Lib. p. 204.

 

DERLETH, August. HARRIGAN’S FILE. Sauk City: Arkham House, 1975. 8vo, 256pp. Black cloth, gilt lettered, very fine in like dj. $50. ¶ First Edition.

 

DERLETH, August (ed.). OVER THE EDGE. Sauk City: Arkham House, 1964. 8vo, 297pp. Black cloth, gilt lettered, dust jacket, fine in very good dj. $100. ¶ First Edition, Signed by August Derleth. Eighteen never beofre published tales of the macabre celebrating Arkham House’s 25th anniversary.Thirty Years of Arkham House 75.

 

DIBNER, Bern. THE VICTORIA & THE TRITON. Norwalk, Connecticut: Burndy Library, 1962. 4to, 58pp, illus. Wrappers. Light wear. $20.

 

DIETZ, David. ATOMIC ENERGY IN THE COMING ERA...Illustrated. New York: Avon Book Co., [1945]. 12mo, 184, (6, ads)pp. Orig. printed wrappers, pages browned, otherwise very good. $15. ¶ First Edition.

 

[DUROCHER]. RAPPORT SUR UN MEMOIRE ...Intitulé: Observations sur le Phénomène Diluvien dans le Nord de l'Europe. Commissaires: MM. Alexandre Brongniart, Élie de Beaumont. [Paris: Bachelier, 1842]. Thin 4to, 34pp. Orig. plain wrappers, inscribed by the author. Enclosed in a cloth folding case. Fine as issued. $100. ¶ First Separate Edition, being an offprint from the Comptes Rendus des Séances de l’Académie des Sciences, January 17, 1842. This work is a discussion of Durocher's study of glaciers and subsequent publications, dating from 1839 and would fall into the period of intense speculation encapsulated in Agassiz's classic Etudes sur les Glaciers, 1840.

 

[DUTENS, Louis]. RECHERCHES SUR L’ORIGINE DES DECOUVERTES attribuées aux Modernes… Paris: la Veuve Duchesne, 1766. 2 vols in 1, 8vo, xxlviii, 228; iv, 257, (3)pp. Old half calf, backstrip gilt, sm. bookplate removed from paste-down, early signature, a good copy. $250. ¶ First Edition, rare. Dutens (1730-1812) analyzed history, especially in terms of religion, philosophy, science, and medicine, and showed that the new ideas of such as Newton, Descartes, Leibnitz, Harvey, Linnaeus, etc. were directly derived from earlier writers. Quérard 2, p.137-9. NUC: LC copy only.

 

ECKENSTEIN, Ed. DÉVELOPPEMENT ET PROGRES DE LA FABRICATION DU MALT PENDANT LES QUARANTE DERNIERS ANNÉES. Paris: A. Herman, 1908. 4to, 211, (1)pp, printed wrappers, numerous illus, very good. $50. ¶ A comprehensive work on malt production describing basic processes and special procedures used at famed European breweries.

 

(Ecology). RESTAURATION ET CONSERVATION DES TERRAINS EN MONTAGNE. Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1911. 3 vols, 4to, 214, 287, 197pp, 300 plates & 3 folding colored maps. Orig. printed wrappers, a little worn. $150. ¶ This study of the reparation & conservation of mountainous terrain was published by the Ministry of Agriculture under the direction of L. Daubrée. This extensive study is profusely illustrated with photographs of mountainous regions and graphically shows the ravages of rain and avalanches, etc. on bare lands, as well as illustrating and analyzing the results of planting different types of trees and shrubs in denuded zones.

 

ELLIS, Havelock. A STUDY OF BRITISH GENIUS. London: Hurst & Blacknett, 1904. 8vo, xiv, 300 (4 ads)pp. Orig. brown cloth stamped in gilt and black. Library bookplates otherwise very good. $50. ¶ First Edition.

 

ELLIS, Havelock. A STUDY OF BRITISH GENIUS. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1926. 8vo. Original green cloth, spine darkened, offsetting from laid-in ephemera, very good. Signature of former Los Angeles Times Literary Editor, Paul Jordan Smith. $30. ¶ New edition, revised & enlarged.

 

EMANUEL, H. DIAMONDS AND PRECIOUS STONES: Their History, Value, and Distinguishing Characteristics. With SimpleTest for the Identifications. $

 

Engineering Research Associates. HIGH-SPEED COMPUTING DEVICES…Edited by W.W. Stifler, Jr. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1950. 8vo, xi, 451pp. Orig. cloth, owner’s inscription on front endpapers. Very good. $175. ¶ First Edition (so stated) of one of the first text books on electronic computers by staff members of the pioneer company including Irwin Tomash and A.A.Cohen; subjects include desk calculators, punched card systems and relay and digital computers. "This focuses on the design of computers and all related devices. This is a good view of technolgy circa 1949. It contains a good bibliography" (Cordata p.132). Goldstine, The Computer from Pascal to von Neumann, p.315. Randell, Bibliography, p.165. Randell, Origins, p.513.

 

ESCLANGON, Ernest. LA VIE SERAIT ELLE POSSIBLE à bord de Satellites artificiels de la Terre ou de Projectiles astronomiques? Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1950. 8vo, (2), 18, (4, ads)pp. Printed wrappers, short tear repaired on front, very good. $150. ¶ A scientific treatise on the possibility of manned space flights and the establishment of satellites for scientific and military purposes. An excerpt from Memorial de l’Artillerie Française, this work particularly discusses ballistic and mechanical issues. Not in NUC.

 

(Faraday). JEFFREYS, Alan E. MICHAEL FARADAY, A List of his Lectures and Published Writings. London: Published on Behalf of the Royal Institution of Great Britain by Academic Press, (1961). 8vo, xxviii, 86pp. Blue cloth. Very good in dust jacket with light wear to spine ends. $145. ¶ First Edition.

 

FESSENDEN, Thomas Green. THE REGISTER OF ARTS, or a Compendious View of some of the Most Useful Modern Discoveries and Inventions. Philadelphia [etc]: C. & A. Conrad, 1808. 8vo, viii, 404pp, with 2 engraved plates. Old calf rebacked, new endpapers, saving orig. bookplate, very good. $300. ¶ First Edition of this rare and early collection of American recipes or inventions for a very wide range of subjects such as grinding colors, driving copper bolts, aquatint engraving, tanning leather, watering hemp, purifying fish oil, central heating, air cleaning, and innumerable other subjects agricultural, botanical, artistic, mechanical, medical and so forth. An excellent account of the state of science in early America. Shaw and Shoemaker 15012. Rink 958.

 

FEUCHTWANGER, Dr. Lewis. A TREATISE ON GEMS, In Reference to Their Practical and Scientific Value... New York: Printed by A. Hanford, 1838. 8vo, 162pp, with figures in the text. Orig. cloth, edges worn, lacking label, damp stain to lower corner throughout, some foxing, 19th cent. bookplate of Joseph A. Sadony. $750. ¶ First Edition of the first monograph on gemstones published in the United States. "The text begins with general gemology: properties, geographical distribution, enhancement of color, gem setting, cleaning of gems, imitations, commerce, and gems used in optical applications. The second part considers individual gemstones and ornamental materials... Feuchtwanger took special care to record as much information as he could on native gemstones and the localities that furnished them... Another ‘first’ of the present work is the extended description of pearls, artificial pearls, and corals" (Sinkankis, noting very rare).

 

FIELD, Henry M. THE STORY OF THE ATLANTIC TELEGRAPH. New York: Charles SCribner’s, 1893. 8vo, ix, 415pp, frontispiece, 7 figure illus. Black cloth, gilt lettered, teg, gift inscription, near fine. $100. ¶ The saga of the laying of the Atlantic cable by Cyrus Field, the author’s brother. Second Edition.

 

(Fourcroy). SMEATON, W.A. FOURCROY, CHEMIST AND REVOLUTIONARY 1755-1809. Cambridge: W. Heffer & Sons, 1962. 8vo, xxi, 288pp. Maroon cloth, dust jacket. Very good. $30. ¶ First Edition.

 

FRANCK, Adolphe. LA KABBALE ou Philosophie Religieuse des Hébreux. Paris: Librairie de Hachette, 1843. 8vo, (8), 412pp with half-title & gilt edges. Tan cloth with calf spine label lettered in gilt; front hinge starting (but sound), scattered foxing throughout. $650. ¶ First Edition, very rare. This work marks the first endeavor to bring the esoteric foundations of the Cabala to popular culture. Franck provides a remarkably comprehensive critique establishing the scientific origins of the Cabala. Adolphe Franck (1809-93) was a Herbraist and orientalist who wrote an important study of the mystical philosophers in France centering on St Martin. EJ VII, 49. Caillet 4177: "rare."

 

FRANKLIN, Benjamin. EXPERIENCES ET OBSERVATIONS SUR L’ELECTRICITIE Faites a Philadelphie en Amerique. Paris: Durand, 1752. 8vo, 24, lxx, (10), 222, (2 blank), (30)pp, 1 folding engraved plates. Contemp. mottled calf, gilt title, some wear to corners otherwise very good. $3000. ¶ First French Edition and the first translation into any language of Franklin's famous work on electricity. First published in London in the previous year, this edition was translated by Dalibard and Buffon who added a 24 page preface and 70 page history of electricity and who themselves duplicated his experiments. the most important scientific book of eighteenth-century America (PMM 199). Howes F-320. Ford 80.

 

FRANKLIN, Benjamin. EXPERIMENTS AND OBSRVATIONS ON ELECTRICITY, Made at Philadelphia in America... to Which are Added, Letters and Papers on Philosophical Subjects. The Whole Corrected, Methodized, Improved, and Now First Collected into One Volume, and Illustrated with Copper Plates. London: David Henry, 1769. 4to, (2), iv, (2), 496, (16 index) pp, 7 engraved plates plus illus. in the text, with the half-title, advertisement, & errata. Contemp. full calf, armorial bookplate. Exceptionally nice copy. $9000. ¶ Fourth and most complete edition of this famous work, containing 53 further letters not in the first edition, including Observations on the Positive and Negative Electrical State of the Clouds, Franklin’s kite experiments proving that lightning and electricity are identical, and his invention of the lightning conductor, the important discovery of the course of storms over the North American continent and other meteorological subjects of almost equal importance. "English editions one, two, and three had been published carelessly... he edited the fourth edition in person (and) introduced footnotes... Other notes corrected faults of early ignorance. In some cases the actual text was revised... The most outstanding difference... is of course in content. The fourth and fifth editions were each more than twice as large as the first three" (I. Bernard Cohen, Benjamin Franklin’s Experiments). This edition was called rare by Zeitlinger in 1912. "The most important scientific book of eighteenth-century America" (PMM 199). Bakken Library p.60. Sparrow Milestones 69. Sabin 25506. Wheeler Gift 367b. Cf. Horblit 31a; & Dibner 57, citing the first edition of 1751-4.

 

FRANKLIN, Benjamin. POLITICAL, MISCELLANEOUS, AND PHILOSOPHICAL PIECES…Now First Collected, With Explanatory Plates, Notes, and an Index to the Whole. London: Printed for J. Johnson, 1779. 8vo, xi, (i), 567, (7)pp, engraved frontispiece portrait, 3 engraved plates & 1 folding table. Contemp. mottled calf, red morocco label, gilt tooled back. Lightly browned throughout, headcap worn. A very good copy $3000. ¶ First Edition. This collection of Franklin’s Papers was 3edited by Benjamin Vaughan, "who for many years was an intimate friend and correspondent of Franklin. The work is ably performed, many pieces being for the first time printed as Franklin’s; and contains valuable notes. But what gives special value to this collection is that it is the only edition of Franklin’s writlngs (other than his scientific), which was printed during his life time; was done with Franklin’s knowledge and consent, and contains an ‘errata’ made by him for it" (Ford). The collection contains scientific papers of Franklin on electricity, on the aurora borealis, and on a system of phonetic spelling; political papers on the settlement of the American West, on Indian affairs, and on the disputes with Britain and the Revolutionary War; plus miscellaneous papers on economies, The Way to Wealth, etc. Ford, Franklin Bibliography, 342. Howes F-330. Sabin 25565.

 

FRAZER, J.G. TOTEMISM AND EXOGAMY. A Treatise on Certain Early Forms of Superstition and Society. London: Macmillan, 1910. 4 vols., 8vo. Green cloth, gilt lettered, some minor wear, a few lt. bumps, otherwise near fine. $1000. ¶ First Edition, warmly inscribed by the author: "To Edmund Gosse, with very kind regards from his grateful friend J.G. Frazier 23 April, 1910. The author’s monumental study of totemism within the societies of the southern Pacific native peoples. Rare in this condition; scarce with signature.

 

(Froebel, Frederick). SNIDER, Denton J. THE LIFE OF FREDERICK FROEBEL. Founder of the Kindergarden. Chicago: Sigma, 1900. 8vo, x, 470, (1 as adv.)pp. Drak green cloth, gilt lettered, clean, tight, very good. $100. ¶ First Edition. Froebel, who had much in common with Pestalozzi, believed that a child’s play was a serious self-activity, whose development should be encouraged along his own line, and not that of the teacher.

 

FURNIVALL, Frederick J. (ed.). EARLY ENGLISH MEALS AND MANNERS: John Russell’s Boke of Nurture, Wynkyn de Wirde’s Boke of Keruynge, The Boke of Curtasye, R. Weste’s Booke of Demeanor, Seager’s Schoole of Vertue… Detroit: Singing Tree Press, 1969. 8vo, c, 388pp, 16 b&w plates. Navy blue cloth, silver lettered on stamped red spine label, near fine. $100. ¶ Facsimile of the Trubner first edition of 1868. Scarce in all editions. Cf. Bitting p.172.

 

(GALVANI, Luigi). DIBNER, Bern. LUIGI GALVANI. An Expanded Version of a Biography Prepared for the Forthcoming Edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. With a Supplement Reproducing Three of the Four Original Drawings Illustrating the 1791 Edition of De Viribus Electricitatus. Norwalk: Burndy Library, 1971. 4to, 24pp, 11 b&w text illus., 3 foldout plates. Illus. wrappers, fine. $25. ¶ First Edition of this bio of the great Galvani, who, with Volta, carried out the first studies of electrical manifestation in animal tissue which led to the discovery of the voltaic pile, the chemical means of generating electricity and the source of constant electrical energy. The plates, illustrating Galvani’s experiments on frogs and sheep, are graphic.

 

GAMBLE, J[ames] S[ykes]. THE BAMBUSEAE OF BRITISH INDIA. Calcutta: Annals of the Royal Botanic Garden, Vol.VII, 1896. Folio, (6), xx, 4, 133, 4pp, 119 lithographic plates. Quarter red morocco over cloth, spine gilt. Rubber stamps & embossed stamps to title & half-title, mild stains & slight foxing to foot of plates 1-28, otherwise very good. $600. ¶ Only edition of this important natural history of Indian bamboo; the lithography was done primarily by native Indian artists. James Sykes Gamble (1847-1925) was a prolific writer on the flora of South Asia. Nissen, Botanische…, 684. Not in Plesch.

 

GANOT, Professor. ELEMENTARY TREATISE ON PHYSICS, Experimental and Applied. For the Use of Colleges and Schools. Translated and Edited from the Ninth Edition with the Author’s Sanction by E. Atkinson. London: H. Baillière, 1863. 8vo, 780, 585 b&w text engravings. Publisher’s original brown cloth, gilt lettering and vignette to spine, blindstamped boards, very good. $75. ¶ First Edition in English of Ganot’s acclaimed introduction to physical science, Eléments de Physique, retaining the clarity and concision of the original.

 

GEBER. GEBRI REGIS ARABUM PHILOSOPHI PERSPICACISSIMI, SUMMA PERFECTIONIS MAGISTERII IN SUA NATURA, ex Bibliothecae Vaticanae Exemplari Undecunque Emendatissimao Edita, cum Vera Genuianique Delineatione Vasorum & Fornacum. Denique Libri Investigationis Magisterii & Testamenti eiusdem Gebri, ac Aurei Trium Verborum Libelli & Avicennae, Summi Medici & Acutissimi Philosophi, Mineralium Additione Castigatissima. Gedani [i.e. Danzig]: Bruno Laurentius Tancken, 1682. 8vo, 24 (incl. engraved title), 278pp [i.e. 272pp, because 113-8 have been dropped from pagination], 9 copper-engraved plates of apparatus. Contemp. calf, spine tooled in gilt, raised bands, speckled edges. Some scuffing & wear to boards, rear joint cracking near head, light browning throughout, slight worming to last 25pp, still very good. $2000. ¶ First Edition of this collection of alchemical writings, featuring Geber’s Summa Perfectionis, Liber Investigationis, and Testamentum. The volume also contains the Merlini Alegoria, the Expositio Epistolae Alexandri, Kallid’s Liber Trium Verborum, Avicenna’s De Congelatione et Conglutinatioine Lapidum, a letter by Faustus Sabaeus, and several other alchemical works and discriptions of the philosopher’s stone.

Jabir ibn Hayyan was allegedly an 8th-century Arab alchemist whose name is attached to more than 500 writings, dating from the 9th to 13th centuries. While the "King of the Arabs," as he was called, may never have authored any of these works and may never have existed, the works under his name were the most advanced and influential alchemical texts of Islam. Many works later attributed to him, including the Summa Perfectionis, were seemingly written by a later alchemist who went by the name of Geber to trade on the reputation of the Arab; his work, which may have been mere translation of Arabic texts, was then incorporated into Jabir’s corpus, the influence of which became the highest of any alchemical writings in the West. Geber’s (as distinct from Jabir’s) advocacy of the sulphur-mercury theory of metals and his description of chemical methods became the premier impetuses of medieval alchemy and chemistry. Bibliotheca Esoterica 1843. Caillet 4424. Duveen p.240. Ferguson I, p.300. Not in Manly Hall, de Guaita, Mellon or Verginelli.

 

GEIKIE, James. FRAGMENTS OF EARTH LORE. Sketches and Addresses Geological and Geographical. Edinburgh: John Bartholomew, 1893. 8vo, (8), 428pp, frontis. & 5 folding color maps. Orig. cloth, backstrip gilt, a very good copy of a book seldom found in good condition. $75. ¶ Second edition. One of the most important publications by the leading British authority on Pleistocene geology in general and glacial deposits in particular. Geikie (1839-1915) began his career as an assistant under his brother Archibald Geikie, also a famed geologist. The text paper is too heavy for the case and this work is often found rebound.

 

(Gemma Frisius). VAN ORTROY, Fernand. BIO-BIBLIOGRAPHIE DE GEMMA FRISIUS, fondateur de l’ecole Belge de Geographie. Amsterdam: Meridian, 1966. 8vo, brown cloth. Fine. $75.

 

(Geology). GEOLOGY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Bulletin 170. Geologic Guides No. 1-5 [with] Chaper III [with] Chapter IX. San Francisco: Dept. of Natural Resources - Div. of Mines, 1954. 7 vols, oblong 8vo. Printed wrappers, near fine. $75. ¶ First Editions. These geologic guides cover the Ventura Basin, Los Angeles Basin, Southwestern Los Angeles Basin, Western Mojave and Death Valley Region, Northern Peninsular Range Province. The chapter volumes cover Historical Geology, and Oil and Gas in SoCal.

 

(Geology). LIST OF PUBLICATIONS 1945-1967. Warsaw: Instytut Geologiczny, 1968. 12mo, 116, (1)pp. Green printed wrappers, very good+. $35. ¶ The many publications relating to geology and the earth sciences issued by the Polish Geological Institute are detailed in this handy reference in English.

 

(Geology). SCHMECKEBIER, L.F. [and] C. W. Hayes. UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY PUBLICATIONS: Catalogue and Index of the Publications of the Hayden, King, Powell, and Wheeler Surveys, 1904 [with] The State Geological Surveys of the United States, 1911 [with] The Publications of the United States Geological Survey (Not Including Topographic Maps), 1913. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1904-11-13. 3 vols, 8vo. Printed wrappers, in portfolio with slipcase, good-very good. $75. ¶ Key U.S. geological volumes from the early 20th century.

 

GLASSTONE, Samuel. SOURCEBOOK ON ATOMIC ENERGY. New York: Van Nostrand, (1958). 8vo, 641pp. Green cloth, dust jacket. Very good. $35. ¶ Second edition.

 

GOTLIEB, C.C. & J.N.P. Hume HIGH-SPEED DATA PROCESSING. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1958. 8vo, xi, (3), 338pp. Red cloth, owner’s inscription on front endpaper. Very good. $20.

 

GROSSER, Morton. THE DISCOVERY OF NEPTUNE. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Havard University Press, 1962. 8vo, black cloth, dust jacket. Very good. $35.

 

HAECKEL, Ernst. ARABISCHE KORALLEN. Ein Ausflug nach den Korallenbänken des Rothen Meeres und ein Blick in das Leben der Korallenthiere. Populäre Vorlesung mit wissenschaftlichen Erläuterungen. Berlin: George Reimer, 1876. Folio, (6), 48pp, color frontis. title, 4 chromolithographed plates, 20 woodcuts in text. Orig. cloth backed boards. Very good. $1500. ¶ First edition of this splendidly illustrated volume. The culmination of Haeckel’s journey in 1873 to Egypt and Asia Minor was his visit to the surreal coral banks of Tur in the Red Sea. His exploration of the banks was expedited by the use of a steamer, which Ismail Pasha, Egypt’s Khedive and the dedicatee of the volume, put at his disposal. Containing the first specimens of Haeckel’s landscapes in watercolor, the volume also includes superb descriptions of Haeckel’s journey. Nissen, Zoologische… I, 1780.

 

HANNA, G. Dallas. EXPEDITION TO GUADALUPE ISLAND, MEXICO, in 1922. General Report. San Francisco: Published by the Academy, 1925. 4to, 218-275pp,, 11 b&w photo-illus. Printed wrappers, sunned spine and upper margin of wrappers, owner’s sig. to wrappers, otherwise near fine. $50. ¶ First Edition, Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences Fourth Series, Vol. XIV, No. 12, detailing the Academy’s survey of the marine mammals found there in order to draft appropriate conservation measures.

 

HARRIS, Patricia J. (ed.). BIOLOGICAL ULTRASTRUCTURE: The Origin of Cell Organelles. Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 1971. 8vo, xi, 115pp, illus. throughout. Gray cloth, black lettered and illus., dust jacket, very good. $25. ¶ First Edition.

 

HARTREE, Douglas R. CALCULATING INSTRUMENTS AND MACHINES. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1949. 8vo, ix, 138pp, illus. Cloth. Fine copy in a tattered dust jacket. $375. ¶ First Edition of a pioneering work in computing, based on a series of lectures given at the University of Illinois in 1948. The first four chapters are devoted to analogue devices, particularly differential analyzers, including a device the author constructed in 1934 from toy parts. Chapter 5 is devoted to digital computers, which the author clearly prefers. Chapter 6 describes Babbage’s machines, with a discussion of Lady Lovelace’s 1843 paper. Chapter 7 is on the Harvard Mark I & II calculators. Chapter 8 discusses various projects in development, including magnetic drums and tapes, Boolean algebra for circuit analysis and flowcharts for programming. There are brief accounts of the plans for several machines, including EDVAC, UNIVAC, and Mark III. The last chapter is a perspective survey of the prospects for numerical analysis. Randell p.136: "Includes fairly extensive discussion of Babbage’s work, the Harvard Mark I, ENIAC and the I.B.M. Selective Sequence Electronic Calculator." Goldstine p.99.

 

HARTREE, Douglas R. NUMERICAL ANALYSIS. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1952. 8vo, xiv, 287pp. Cloth, fine copy in dust jacket. $150. ¶ First Edition, including a chapter on "Organization of Calculations for an Automatic Computer." "Hartree’s chief contribution to science was his development of powerful methods of numerical mathematical analysis, which made it possible for him to apply successfully the so-called self-consistent field method to the calculation of atomic wave functions of polyelectronic atoms, that is, those which in the neutral condition have more than one electron surrounding the nucleus. These calculations involved the numerical solution of the partial differential equations of quantum mechanics for

many-body systems subject to the usual boundary conditions" (DSB).

 

HARTREE, Douglas R. NUMERICAL ANALYSIS. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1952. 8vo, xiv, 287pp. Cloth, fine in dust jacket. Rubber stamped name on endpaper and dust jacket. $150. ¶ First Edition, including a chapter on "Organization of Calculations for an Automatic Computer." "Hartree’s chief contribution to science was his development of powerful methods of numerical mathematical analysis, which made it possible for him to apply successfully the so-called self-consistent field method to the calculation of atomic wave functions of polyelectronic atoms, that is, those which in the neutral condition have more than one electron surrounding the nucleus. These calculations involved the numerical solution of the partial differential equations of quantum mechanics for many-body systems subject to the usual boundary conditions" (DSB).

 

HAYWARD, Nathaniel [Manley]. SOME ACCOUNT OF NATHANIEL HAYWARD’S Experiments with India Rubber, Which Resulted in Discovering the Invaluable Compound of that Article with Sulphur. Norwich, CT: Bulletin Job Office, 1865. 8vo, 12pp. Orig. printed wrappers. Very good. $45. ¶ Only Edition. Statement by the American inventor Hayward (1808-1865), dated 1864, refering to his experiments with rubber vulcanization & collaboration with Goodyear.

 

HEATH, Thomas. THE TWENTIETH CENTURY ATLAS OF POPULAR ASTRONOMY... Second Edition. Edinburgh: W. & A.K. Johnston, 1908. 4to, (8), 134pp, 22 color plates. Orig. blue decorative cloth. Very nice copy. $350. ¶ The plates, double-page and mounted on stubs (except for the frontispiece) are superb and strangely colored chromolithographs of the planets, zodiac, eclipses, comets and constellations.

 

HEATH, Thomas. THE TWENTIETH CENTURY ATLAS OF POPULAR ASTRONOMY... Second Edition. Edinburgh: W. & A.K. Johnston, 1908. 4to, (8), 134pp, 22 color plates. Orig. blue decorative cloth, light foxing to title leaf, light edge wear, name dated 1908 on endpaper, otherwise very good. $300. ¶ The plates, double-page and mounted on stubs (except for the frontispiece) are superb and strangely colored chromolithographs of the planets, zodiac, eclipses, comets and constellations.

 

HEIM, Roger and R. Gordon Wasson. With the collaboration of Albert Hofmann, Roger Cailleux, etc. LES CHAMPIGNONS HALLUCINOGENES DU MEXIQUE. Etudes Ethnologiques, Taxinomiques, Biologiques, Physiologiques et Chimiques. Paris: 1958. 4to, 332, (2)pp, incl. 72 illus. of which 14 are hand-colored, folding tables & 3 maps. With 36 plates of which 17 are in color. Orig. wrappers. Fine. ¶ Plesch 331. [with] $450. HEIM, Roger. With the collaboration of Roger Cailleux, R. Gordon Wasson and Pierre Thevenard. NOUVELLES INVESTIGATIONS SUR LES CHAMPIGNONS HALLUCINOGENES. Paris, 1967. Tall 4to, (112)pp, frontis. & 11 full-page plates of which 6 are in color,various tables & 1 map. Some of thecolor plates are printed by pochoir. Orig. wrappers. Fine.

¶ By far the best work on the mysterious hallucinogenic mushrooms of Mexico, already a classic in the field. In addition to the scientific description of the "magic mushrooms", there are historical and archaeological chapters, plus a lengthy study of the psychological effects of the drug. The fine plates, many hand-colored, depict the ceremonies in which the mushrooms are eaten by Mexican Indians, and also reproduce numerous sculptures of the pre-Columbian period in the shapes of the sacred mushrooms. Roger Heim was the director of the National Museum d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris. R. Gordon Wasson is well known for his studies of the mushroom cult published in Soma. Albert Hofmann was the Sandoz Pharmaceutical Company researcher who first isolated lysergic acid in the early 1940’s. Plesch calls this work "an extraordinary tour de force of scholarship in which the study of ancient texts led to the rediscovery of a modern Mexican mushroom eating cult". Phantastica 93-94. Not in Plesch Cat. Together: $450.

 

HELMHOLTZ, H[ermann]. DIE LEHRE VON DEN TONEMPFINDUNGEN als Physiologische Grundlage for Theorie der Musik. Braunschweig: Friedrich Vieweg und Sohn, 1863. 8vo, (xi), 600pp, with numerous wood-engraved illus. in text. Contemp. german cloth, gilt tilte and horiz. rule. Very good.. $1450. ¶ First Edition of Helmholtz's first book, on human sensitivity to tones and sounds. "Helmholtz’ greatest achievement in physiological acoustics lay in formulating the resonance theory of hearing. Like so much of his physiology, that theory rested upon Johannes Mülle’s law of specific nerve energies. Müller taught that the nature of the impulse carried to the sensorium by a given nerve is unique and independent of the nature of the external stimulus. Between 1850 and 1855 the microscopic anatomy of the cochlea first became known. Among the structures revealed were the rods of Corti strung out in gradually increasing size along the length of the cochlea - analogous, Helmholtz insisted, to the tuned wires of a piano. In 1857 Helmholtz boldly hypothesized that these rods function as tuned resonators .. [He] incorporated all these results in his great work Die Lehre von den Tonempfindungen... in which he applied his discoveries to music theory" (DSB).Garrison-Morton 1562. Horblit 49a.

 

HINDLE, Brooke and Steven Lubar. ENGINES OF CHANGE. The American Industrial Revolution, 1790 - 1860. Washington, D. C. and London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1986. Tall 8vo, 309pp, illus. thoughout. Quarter black cloth over red boards, gilt lettering and vignette, dust jacket, fine in fine dj. $35. ¶ First Edition.

 

HOFMAN, Karl [Andreas]. DIE RADIOAKTIVEN STOFFE NACH DEM GEGENWÄRTIGEN STANDE der Wissenschaftlichen Erkenntnis. Leipzig: Ambrosius Barth, 1903. 8vo, 54pp. Orig. printed wrappers, inserted in a pamphlet binder. A very good copy. $125. ¶ First Edition, an important study. Not in Poggendorff.

 

HORBLIT, Harrison. ONE HUNDRED FAMOUS BOOKS IN SCIENCE. Based on an Exhibition held at the Grolier Club. New York: The Grolier Club, 1964. 4to (8), 449pp, full-page illustrations. Original two-tone cloth, lettered in gilt, in a very good copy. $550. ¶ First and only edition, limited to 1000 copies. A sumptuous production based on Horblit's collection of scientific works. Each entry offers bibliographic details of Horblit's copies, with a brief notice of the book's contributions to its subject, and a reproduction of the title-page facing the bibliographic description. 

 

 

HOWARD, Luke. PAPERS ON METEOROLOGY, Relating Especially to the Climate of Britain, and to the Variations of the Barometer. London: Taylor & Francis, 1854-50. 4to, 76, pp, folding tables, & 7 engraved plates (one colored). Orig. plum cloth, bookplate of the Minnesota His. Soc. and signature of Alfred Hill dated 1871. Very good. $200. ¶ First Edition of Howard’s last book, comprising an Appendix in two parts to Barometrographia of 1847 in which he advocated the theory of a nineteen years weather cycle. Includes a catalogue of Howard’s meteorological and scientific works and an account of the Askesian Society. Howard (1772-1864), one of the founders of the science, wrote the first popular history of meteorology, Seven Lectures on Meteorology, 1837. He engaged in a long and interesting correspondence with Geothe and was a lifelong friend with John Dalton.

 

HUNTER, Lloyd P. (editor). HANDBOOK OF SEMICONDUCTOR ELECTRONICS, A Practical Manual Covering the Physics, Technology, and Circuit Applications of Transistors, Diodes, and Photocells. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1956. 8vo, in 20 sections separately paginated, xxvii, 10; 14; 17; 37; 14; 32; 25; 16; 19; 14; 66; 31; 28; 24; 67; 29; 30; 13; 22; 16; 68 (bibliography); 4 (index); 9 (index), illustrated. Boards, dust jacket, signature on front endpaper. Very good. $25. ¶ First Edition.

 

(Huygens, Christian). BRUGMANS, Henri. LE SEJOUR DE CHRISTIAN HUYGENS A PARIS ET SES RELATIONS AVEC LES MILIEUX SCIENTIFIQUES FRANÇAIS… Paris: E. Droz, 1935. 8vo, 200pp. Orig. printed wrapper, frontispiece of Huygens, few notes scattered in the text, missing 1/2" section at the foot of the spine, otherwise a very good copy. $45. ¶ Inscribed by the author to the editor of Modern Philology.

 

JAFFE, Brenard. CRUCIBLES. The Lives & Achievements of the Great Chemists. New York: Tudor Publishing, 1934. 8vo, 377pp, illus. Green cloth, dust jacket light soiled, otherwise very good. Third printing. $35.

 

JAMIESON, Thomas Francis. THE TWEEDDALE PRIZE ESSAY ON THE RAIN-FALL. Edinburgh and London: Blackwood, 1860. Sm. 8vo, (4), 51pp. With two folding tables at the end. Disbound, a clean copy. $75. ¶ First Edition. The text includes essays on the evidence of rainfall from rivers, glaciers, and snowlines, the effects of forests and drainage on climate, causes of rain, temperature variations, and causes of variations in the climate. NUC: 2 copies at Library of Congress and the New York Public.

 

JANMART, J. THE KALAHARI SANDS OF THE LUNDA (N.E. Angola), their Earlier Redistributions and the Sangoan Culture. Lisboa: 1953. 4to, 64, (2)pp., 4 plates, 2 maps & many illus., illustrated wrappers, spine slightly rubbed, very good copy. $25. ¶ Only Edition. Published as part of "Subsidios para a historia, arqueologia et etnografia dos povos da lunda," a series on historical, archeological and ethnographical subjects issued by the museum of Dundo in Angola, this treatise examines the geological make-up of the Kalahari Sands.

 

JEFFRIES, David. A TREATISE ON DIAMONDS AND PEARLS. In Which Their Importance is Considered: and Plain Rules are Exhibited for Ascertaing the Value of Both: And the True Method of Manufacturing Diamonds. London: C. & J. Ackers for the Author, 1750. 8vo, (6), iv, (12 subscribers, 4 contents), 69, (3)pp, 30 engraved plates & tables. Full black morocco, gilt titling, blind borders front & back. A handsome copy. $2000. ¶ First Edition of the first book in English to describe how diamonds and pearls can be evaluated on the basis of weight and style of cut. 

"An esteemed work" (Lowndes). Sinkankas 3195

 

JENKS, William F. (ed.). HANDBOOK OF SOUTH AMERICAN GEOLOGY. An Explanation of the Geologic Map of South America. New York: Geological Society of America, 1956. 8vo, xix, 378pp, frontispiece, 12 foldout plates. Maroon cloth, gilt lettered, very good. $45. ¶ First Edition, Geological Society of America Memoir 65. With laid-in contemporary newspaper clippings of mobile oil drilling platform/barge movements off the coast of Trinidad, and the Gulf of Paria oil strike.

 

JENNY, Hans. KYMATIC CYMATICS. The Structure and Dynamics of Waves and Vibrations. Basel: Basilius Presse, 1974. 4to, 183pp, 154 photo-illus., many in color. White cloth, black and blue lettered, dust jacket, near fine in very good dj. $150. ¶ The phenomenology of cymatics - experimental periodicity and the effects of wave and vibration in a concrete medium - is discussed at length and beautifully illustrated in this key monograph. Text in German and English.

 

JEVON, W. Stanley. THE PRINCIPLES OF SCIENCE: a Treatise on Logic and Scientific Method. London: Macmillan, 1883. 8vo, xliv, 786,(1 advts.) pp, with a frontispiece woodcut of a computer & a few sketches & diagrams in the text. Orig. brick cloth, hinges shaken, otherwise very good. $150. ¶ A re-issue of the 1877 second edition of one of the cornerstones of computer literature. Jevons, a brilliant economist, mathematician, & logician, created the first working analog computer. Depicted on the famous woodcut frontispiece, it was called the "logical piano" because it resembled a small upright piano with 21 keys for classes & operations in an equational logic. The machine earned much acclaim at its exhibition at the Royal Society in 1870. "It actually solved problems with superhuman speed & accuracy, & some of its features can be traced in modern computer design" (DSB, VII, pp.103-107).

 

JEVONS, W. Stanley. THE PRINCIPLES OF SCIENCE: a Treatise on Logic and Scientific Method. Second Edition, Revised. London & New York: Macmillan, 1877. 8vo, xliv, 786pp, frontispiece plate of ‘The Logical Machine’ devised by Jevons. Orig. brick cloth. Very good. $1250. ¶ Josiah Royce’s copy, with his signature and a long quotation from Kant in his hand on the half-title. In this famed work Jevons defines the laws of logical thought as governed primarily by inductive inquiry and deductive reasoning, supported with experimental verification.

 

JONES, Barbara. DESIGN FOR DEATH. Indainapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, 1967. 4to, 304pp, frontispiece, profusely illus. throughout with drawings and photos. Purple cloth, gilt lettered spine, dust jacket, fine in like dj. $75. ¶ First American Edition. Modern classic on the trappings of death described with ironic wit by the author.

 

JUNG, C[arl] J. & W[olfgang] Pauli. NATURERKLÄRUNG UND PSYCHE. C.G. Jung - Synchronizität als ein Prinzip akausaler Zusammenhänge. W. Pauli - Der Einfluss archetypischer Vorstellungen auf die Bildung Naturwissenschaflicher Theorien bei Kepler. Zürich: Rascher, 1952. 8vo, (8), 194, (2, ads)pp, 6 plates. Orig. black cloth, front board & spine stamped in gilt. Slightest dustsoiling, owner’s signature, otherwise fine in very good dust jacket. $150. ¶ First Edition, first printing of these two essays, one each by Jung and the Nobel Prize-winning physicist, Wolfgang Pauli. Jung’s article, focusing on a "psychischen Relativität von Raum und Zeit," attempts to accomodate the results of ESP research into a theory of the universe. Attributing the original stimulus for his idea of psychic synchronicity to his acquaintanceship with Einstein in Zurich between 1909 and 1913, Jung presents the concept of synchronicity to mean "the simultaneous occurrence of a certain psychic state with one or more external events which appear as meaningful parallels." Pauli’s essay explores how Kepler’s natural philosophy and astronomy related to pre-existing forms and pictures, which are designated archtypes by both Kepler and Jung. Also touched upon is the polemic between Kepler and Robert Fludd, through which Pauli suggests that a discrepancy in the presuppostions of natural science and alchemy was revealed most noticably by a dissimilarity in symbolic notation. Dyer p.79.

 

(KEYNES, John Maynard). KEYNES AT HARVARD. Economic Deception as a Political Credo. New York: Veritas Foundation, 1961. 8vo, 114pp. Printed wrappers, discolored, owner’s signature to front cover, very good. $25. ¶ Study of Keynes’ economic system by the staunch anti-communist Veritas group of Harvard graduates asserts that it is not an economic system at all but simply left-wing political theory. With the signature of Paul Jordan Smith, former editor of the Los Angeles TImes.

 

KILLIKELLY, Sarah H. CURIOUS QUESTIONS. In History, Literature, Art, and Social Life. Designed as a Manual of General Information. In Three Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1968. 8vo, 3 vols. Blue cloth, gilt lettered on brown spine label, vol 1 near fine, vols 2 &3 fine. $60. ¶ Facsimile reprint of the London, David McKay, first editions of 1886-89, 1900.

 

[KIRCHER, Athanasius]. MAGNES SIVE DE ARTE MAGNETICA Opus Tripartitum quo Universa Magnetis Natura, eiusque in omnibus Scientiis & Artibus usus, nova methodo explicatur: ac praeterea e viribus & prodigiosis effectibus Magneticarum, aliarumque abditarum Naturae motionum in Elementis, Lapidibus, Plantis, Animalibus, elucescentium, multa hucusque incognita Naturae arcana, per Physica, Medica, Chymica, & Mathematica omnis gemneris Experimenta recluduntur. Editio Tertia. Ab ipso authore recognita, emendataque, ac multis novorum Experimentorum problematis aucta. Rome: Vitalis Mascardi for Deuersin and Masotti, 1654. Folio, engraved general title, (30), 618, (28, index)pp. Title in red and black with large engraved vignette, engraved dedication, numerous large engravings and woodcuts in the text. Disbound. $4500. ¶ Third and best edition, the first in folio, expanded and corrected by the author; the first edition appeared in 1641. The main interest of this volume lies in Kircher’s reflections on electricity, magnetism and astronomy; it includes the first use of the word "electromagnetism." Kircher regarded magnetism not only in the narrow sense as first defined by Gilbert in De Magnete (1600) which influenced him considerably, but also in the wider sense of animal magnetism, love, music, and even the religious attraction of God. This edition contains many observations and experiments not in the first two editions. In 1633 Kircher was appointed to succeed Kepler as mathematician to the Hapsburg Court; his friends in Avignon, notably Peiresc, did their best to alter this with petitions to the Pope and, when Kircher’s boat was blown off course and landed him in Rome, he was amazed to find that he was expected. The Pope gave him a special commission to study hieroglyphics at the Roman College, which was the center of the Jesuit Order; it was from there that he travelled extensively and then settled into a professorship of mathematics, later beginning the publication of his massive major works that were to be printed every 3 or 4 years. During this period he also assembled a collection notable for its classical antiquities. Caillet 5780. Merrill 6.

 

KOWALEWSKI, Gerhard. EINFUHRUNG IN DIE DETERMINANTENTHEORIE. Leipzig: Veit, 1909. 8vo, (6), 550, (4 ads); 86, (2 ads)pp. Contemp. half cloth, marbled boards. Very good. $60. ¶ First Edition of a classic text book on determinants. See: Cajori p.341. Bound with the author’s Das Integral und sein Geometrischen Anwedndungen, 1910.

 

KOZMETSKY, George, & Kircher Paul. ELECTRONIC COMPUTERS & MANAGEMENT CONTROL. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1956. 8vo, vii, 296pp. Cloth, owner’s inscription on endpaper. Very good. $25.

 

LA MORINIERE, Baron de. LES ORIGINES DU CAOUTCHOUC, Francois Fresneau Ingenieur du Roi (1703-1770). La Rochelle: Noel Texier, 1893. 8vo, (4), 133pp. Orig. printed wrappers. Very good. $80. ¶ Scarce account of caoutchouc rubber, used extensively in nineteenth century bookbinding.

 

LASTEYRIE DU SAILLANT, Charles Philibert comte de. DU COTONNIER ET DE SA CULTURE, ou Traité sur les ..... propriétees et les avantages économiques, industriels et comerciaux du Coton. Paris: Athus Bertrand, 1808. 8vo, viii, 446pp, with 3 folding engraved plates at end. Old mottled calf, rebacked, armorial gilt stamp on both covers, gilt label. $250. ¶ First Edition. This substantial study of the feasibility of introducing & developing cotton in France was one of several agricultural works by Lasteyrie (1759-1849). He published works on grains, rice, sheep and agricultural instruments, as well as religious and educational books. His fame rests largely on his of having opened in 1816 the first lithographic print shop in France.

 

LATIL, Pierre de. THINKING BY MACHINE. A STUDY OF CYBERNETICS. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, [1957]. 8vo, xiv, 353pp. Cloth, dust jacket. Very good. $35. ¶ With a foreword by Isaac Asimov.

 

LEAHY, John Martin. DROME. Los Angeles: Fantasy Press, 1952. 8vo, 295pp. Cloth, dust jacket, illus. endpapers, near fine in very good dj. $45. ¶ First Edition in cloth, originally published in Weird Tales in 1925. Cover and endpaper art by the author.

 

LEE, Alfred McClung and Norman Daymond Humphrey. RACE RIOT. New York: Dryden Press, 1943. 8vo, xi, 143pp, 2 illus. Black boards, silver lettered, dustjacket, near fine in very good dj. $45. ¶ First Edition. Important study of the 1943 Detroit race riots.

 

LESLIE, Louis A. TAPE RECORDING IN BUSINESS EDUCATION. A New and Basic Teaching Aid by… Edited by Herbert A. Tonne. St.Paul: Minnesota Mining & Manufacturing Company, (1953). 8vo, (10), 67pp, frontis. Orig. cloth, fine in nearly fine dust jacket. $200. ¶ First Edition of a sought-after classic and the first book on the subject. The author suggests the use of tape recorders in the teaching typewriting, shorthand, transcription, sales, bookkeeping and other topics. 3M was marketing their Scotch Recording Tapes.

 

LEVINSTEIN, Dr. Eduard. DIE MORPHIUMSUCHT. Eine Monographie. Nach Eignen Beobachtungen. Berlin: August Hirschwald, 1877. 8vo, 160pp. Quarter black cloth over pasteboards, gilt lettered, sm blank label to spine foot, very good. $300. ¶ First Edition of Levinstein’s The Morphine Mania, a Monograph Following Direct Observation, known in its English translation as Morbid Craving For Morphine, released in 1878 as was its French edition, LA MORPHIOMANIE. An exceedingly important monograph on the subject of morphine addiction. Levinstein (1831-1882) was the first physician to discuss the massive addiction factor of morphine, the physiological and psychological characteristics of users, the differences between laudanum and morphine, and a possible program for curing the addicted. Liedekerke pp.86-91. Quite rare.

 

LINDQVIST, Svante. TECHNOLOGY ON TRIAL. The Introduction of Steam Power Technology Into Sweden, 1715-1736. Stockholm: Almqvist & Wiksell, 1984. 8vo, 392pp, 91 photo-reproductions and tables. Red cloth, gilt lettered, dust jacket, very fine. $75. ¶ First Edition in English, Inscribed by the Author to UCLA history professor Lynn White: " To Prof. Lynn White, Jr., with admiration from Svante Lindqvist." Lindqvist cites Prof. White on p.299; his business card from Sweden’s Royal Institute of Technology is laid-in.

 

LINDSAY, W. Lauder. A POPULAR HISTORY OF BRITISH LICHENS, Comprising an Account of Their Structure, Reproduction, Uses, Distribution, and Classification. London: Lovell Reeve, 1856. 8vo, xxxii, 352pp, frontispiece, 25 delicately colored plates. Original publisher’s blue-green cloth, gilt lettered and decorated, gilt vignette, blindstamped boards, recased. very good. $75. ¶ First Edition. Scarce.

 

LOMBROSO, Cesare. NEUE FORTSCHRITTE IN DEN VERBRECHERSTUDIEN. Autorisierte Übersetzung aus dem Italienischen von Hans Merian. Gera: C.B. Griesbach, 1899. 8vo, xii, 348pp, 37 illus. Half purple cloth over black cloth, light wear to boards, light even darkening of paper, very good. $300. ¶ First Edition in German. Lombroso here summarizes his views on the relationship between physical stature and criminal behavior. Special attention is given to the brain and to the shape of the cranium. Cesare Lombroso (1836-1901), the Italian criminologist, was born of a Jewish family in Verona, and became professor of forensic medicine and of psychiatry at Turin, where he later filled the chair of criminal anthropology. Strongly influenced by Auguste Comte, from whom he adopted a perhaps exaggerated tendency to assign all mental facts to biogical attributes, he was the greatest of a long line of Italian criminologists, which included Bovio, Ferri, and Colajanni. His far reaching studies showed, in sum, that the criminal population is characterized by a higher percentage of nervous, mental, and especially physical anomalies than non-criminals, and that degeneration and atavism are the causes of these anomolies. In the present volume, Lombroso proposes a classification of criminals, such that those born "criminal types" may receive a different kind of punishment from those whom circumstance tempts into crime. Not in NUC of BMC.

 

LONG, Frank Belknap. HOWARD PHILIPS LOVECRAFT: DREAMER ON THE NIGHTSIDE. Sauk City: Arkham House, 1975. 8vo, 237pp. Black cloth, gilt lettered, dust jacket, a fine copy. $45. ¶ First Edition.

 

LOS ALAMOS SCIENTIFIC LABORATORY. THE EFFECTS OF ATOMIC WEAPONS. Revised Sept. 1950. Washington: G.P.O., 1950. 8vo, x, 455pp, numerous illus. in the text. Orig. printed wrappers, very good. $25. ¶ Revised edition, a horrendous document. Includes a substantial section on radiation sickness and other "effects on personnel".

 

LUMIERE, Auguste. NOTICE SUR LES TITRES ET TRAVAUX. Lyon: Léon Sezanne, 1935. 4to, 285, (l)pp. 13 plates (6 in color) & illus., printed wrappers, slightly browned, otherwise very good. $75. ¶ First Edition. A bibliographical study of the scientific work of the polymath Lumière (b.1862), comprising medicine, bacteriology, therapeutics and scientific photography, etc. Instrumental in his positivist approach to healing were the Laboratoires Lumières, in which the most advanced methods of diagnosis were applied. Together with his brother Louis, the author was instrumental in the invention of cinematography.

 

MACMILLAN, R.H. AUTOMATION - FRIEND OR FOE? Cambridge: Univ. Press, 1956. 8vo, vii, (1), 100pp. Frontispiece, 8 plates, cloth. Dust jacket, fine. $40.

 

MAYR, Ernst. THE GROWTH OF BIOLOGICAL THOUGHT. Diversty, Evolution, & Inheritance. Cambridge: Havard University Press, 1982. 8vo, 974pp. Brown cloth, dust jacket. Very good. $65. ¶ First Edition."An interpretive history of what Mayr calls 'ultimate' explanations in biology, reflecting Mayr's expertise in systematics, evolution, and genetics" Garrison-Morton 258.12.

 

(Mechanics). THE GENERAL MACHINIST. Being a Practical Introduction to the Leading Departments of Mechanism and Machinery, the Communication of Motion or the Transmission of Force by Belt, Rope, Wire Rope, and Pulley Gearing - Toothed-wheel and Frictional Gearing. Together with Details of the Component and Essential Parts of Mechanism - Shafts, Pedestals, Hangers, Clutches, etc., etc. London: Ward, Lock, 1891. 8vo, viii, 204, (12 adv.)pp, 75 text illus., 4 foldout plates. Brown cloth, gilt lettered, very good. $75. ¶ First Edition. Scarce.

 

MERRITT, A[braham] & Hannes Bok, illus. THE BLACK WHEEL. New York: New Collector’s Group, 1947. 4to, 115pp with b&w plates. Original black cloth, nearly fine in a very lightly chipped dust jacket, very good. $225. ¶ First Edition, no.66 of 1000 printed copies, copyright on cancel affixed to verso, in Currey’s binding A & jacket B. Bok complete and illustrated Merritt's unfinished story. Bleiler, Guide to Supernatural Fiction, 1167. Curry p.364.

 

(Mexico City). COLEGIO DE MINERIA. EL CUIDANO CORONEL JOSE FRANCISCO ROBLES, apoderado General de los Mineros y Director de su Colegio, Suplica a Y. q. asistas los Exámines publicos de Matematicas… Mexico: October 19, 1840. 8vo, 12pp. Full mottled calf, gilt borders, marbled endpapers, orig. wrappers bound in, some marginal staining, signature on title. A very good copy. $150. ¶ Only Edition. A curious little booklet about the series of public examinations which took place at a mining college. The examined subjects included mathematics, physics, chemistry and mineralogy. NUC notes a slightly different 1835 ed. of 11pp.

 

MEYER, Oskar. DIE KINETISCHE THEORIE DER GASE. In Elementarer Darstellung mit Mathematischen Zusätzen. Breslau: Maruschke & Berendt, 1877. 8vo, xv, (1), 388, (2)pp, including half-title and errata, numerous diagrams in the text. Half brown morocco, marbled boards, gilt title. Emil Warburg’s copy, with his signature on the front pastedown. $300. ¶ First Edition of a classic work on the kinetic theory of gases. The interesting historical introduction traces the evolution of the theory, providing critical expositions from the works of Boyle, Bernoulli, Clausius, Maxwell, and Joule. "Meyer’s investigations of viscosity, diffusion and heat conduction of gases made it possible to calculate the velocities, mean free paths, the radii and the number per cubic centimeter of the so-far hypothetical molescules" (Buckley, pp. 159-60). Zeitlinger II, 11816 (later edition).

 

MICHELET, M.J. WOMAN (La Femme). From the French of…Translated from the last Paris Edition by J.W. Palmer, M.D. New York: Rudd & Carleton, 1860. 8vo, 283, (1as adv.), 6 as publ. catalogue pp. Publisher’s original brown pebbled cloth, bronze lettered, unusually tight and clean with only mild wear, very good+. $65. ¶ First Edition in English. Michelet wrote a number of books about women including Love (L’Amour) and Women of the French Revolution. Here, he argues for the necessity of marriage and woman’s natural place within civilized culture, and includes chapters discussing, "no life for women without men," a section on the education of woman, woman in the family and woman in society.  

 

MILLER, Loye. THE FOSSIL BIRDS OF AMERICA. Faculty Research Lecture at the University of California at Los Angeles Delivered May 20, 1925. Los Angeles: UCLA, 1929. 8vo, 14pp. Printed wrappers, staple bound, some edgewear, sunned perimeters, otherwise near fine. $25. ¶ First Edition.

 

MURRAY, E.C. Grenville. SIDE-LIGHTS ON ENGLISH SOCIETY: Sketches From Life, Social & Satirical. London: Vizetelly, 1884. 8vo, xii, 436, (8 as adv.)pp, frontispiece, 299 engraved illus. Publisher’s original purple cloth, blocked in gilt and black, some sunning to spine, wear to extremities, some spotting, penciled sig., otherwise very good. $65. ¶ Fourth Edition, originally issued 1881.

 

MUSES, C[harles] A., ed. ASPECTS OF THE THEORY OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. The Proceedings of the First International Symposium on Biosimulation, Locarno, June 29-July 5, 1960. Edited by... Conference Chairman W. S. McCulloch, M.D. New York: Plenum Press, 1962. 8vo, x, 283pp. Cloth, d.j. Fine. $100. ¶ "The Locarno Conference of 1960 is interesting from the viewpoint of the history of science because it was the first symposium ever held on the general problem of what might be termed ‘robotics’ or the electromechanical… simulation of man by man" (Muses). Includes: W. R. Ashby "The Self-Reproducing System"; Gordon Peck "The Simulation of Learning ..." and articles by von Foerster, McCulloch, Muses, etc.

 

 

NAHMIAS, Maurice E. LE CYCLOTRON. La désintégration de la matière et la radiobiologie… Préface de Frédéric Joliot. Paris: Éditions de la Revue d’ Optique Théorique et Instrumentale, 1945. 8vo, (4), 254pp, 30 plates (1 folding), hundreds of illus. Orig. printed wrappers, scientist’s penciled notations throughout, very good. $150. ¶ Only Edition of this remarkable early work on the construction and use of cyclotrons, marvelously illustrated. The preface is by Frédéric Joliot-Curie, the husband of Irene Curie and winner of the Nobel Prize. Joliot-Curie oversaw the construction of France’s first cyclotron. He is remembered for his research on the dematerialization of electrons, for having been the first to create radioactively labeled hormones, and for producing the first artifically radioactive substances.

 

(Napier). KNOTT, Cargill Gilston (ed.). NAPIER TERCENTENARY MEMORIAL VOLUME. Edited by Cargill Gilston Knott. London: Longmans, Green, for the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 1915. 8vo, xii, 441pp, plates (2 in color), cream buckram lightly soiled, otherwise very good. $275. ¶ Contains "On the Origin of Machines of Direct Multiplication" by M. d’Ocagne. "Brief description of what is claimed to be the first direct multiplication mechanism, exhibited by Baollée in 1887. Gives brief details of Bollée’s life. Mentions Thomas de Comar’s Arithmometer and Steiger’s Millionaire" (Randell p.125). Also includes an annotated bibliography of Napier.

 

NEEDHAM, Joseph. SCIENCE AND CIVILIZATION IN CHINA. Vol. 4 Physics & Physical Technology. Part I: Physics Cambridge: Univ. Press, 1972. 4to, profusely illustrated, quarter black buckram, dust-jackets, fine. $125.

 

NEEDHAM, Joseph. SCIENCE AND CIVILIZATION IN CHINA. Vol. 4 Physics & Physical Technology. Part III: Civil Engineering and Nautics. Cambridge: Univ. Press, 1971. 4to, profusely illustrated, quarter black buckram, dust-jackets, fine. $165. ¶ First printing.

 

NEEDHAM, Joseph. SCIENCE AND CIVILIZATION IN CHINA. Volume 5 Chemistry and Chemical Techology. Part II; Spagyrical Discovery and Invention: Magisteries of Gold and Immortality. Cambridge: Univ. Press, 1974. 4to, profusely illustrated, quarter black buckram, dust-jackets, fine. $155. ¶ First printing

 

(Newton). BRASCH, Frederick E. SIR ISAAC NEWTON. An Essay on Sir Isaac Newton and Newtonian Thought as Exemplified in the Stanford Collection of Books, Manuscripts, and Prints Concerning Celestial Mechanics, Optics, Mathematics, and Related Disciplines as a History of Natural Philosophy. [Palo Alto]: Stanford University Press, 1962. Tall 8vo, 28pp, frontispiece. Red wrappers, gilt lettered, fine. $20. ¶ First Edition.

 

[NEWTON, Isaac]. THE FIRST THREE SECTIONS OF NEWTON'S PRINCIPIA, with an Appendix; and the Ninth and Eleventh Sections. Edited by John H[arrison] Evans. Cambridge: Deighton, Rivingtons, & Longman, 1843. 8vo, (iv), 93pp. Cloth backed boards, spine label chipped, internally a very good copy apart from usual time discoloration. $175. ¶ Third edition, rare. Wallis 35.4; not in the Babson collection.. NUC: 3 copies.

 

NORTON, S. F. TEN MEN OF MONEY ISLAND Or The Primer of Finance. Chicago: F. J. Schulte, 1891. 8vo, 146, 6 pp as publisher’s catalogue. Blue-gray cloth, gilt lettered, lt. rubbing to corners, spine extremities, bookkplate, otherwise very good. $100. ¶ Revised Edition. Initially issued in serial form in 1879, as a pamphlet in 1884 and revised in this, the first hardbound edition, this work, told as a narrative story, was originally written to address the nation’s contemporary great financial panic and to explain in simple terms the fundamentals of money and finance. "The simplest book that has ever been written on the principle of money" (John Gill, The American Economic Reform Society).

 

OCAGNE, [Philibert] Maurice, d’. TRAITÉ DE NOMOGRAPHIE. Théorie des Abaques. Applications Pratiques. Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1899. 8vo, xiii, (1), 480pp, numerous text illustrations & one folding table. Brown library cloth, gilt title on spine, gilt initials FAF stamped on bottom right of cover. Very good. $300. ¶ First Edition. Maurice d’Ocagne of the École Polytechnique in Paris is known as the "real creator of nomography," a system which "consists in the construction of graduated graphic tables, nomograms, or charts, representing formulas or equations to be solved, the solutions of which were provided by inspection of the tables"(DSB). D’Ocagnes’s introduction of a method of collinear points provided an unpredecessed means to graphically represent equations of more than three variables. This he keenly applied to early calculating machines, forerunners to the modern computer, in his later book entitled Le Calcul Simplifié (1905). D’Ocagne’s theories were first outlined in a brochure of 1891, to be comprehensively treated in the present work. Cajori p.481-2. DSB 10:170.

 

OLMSTED, John W. THE SCIENTIFIC EXPEDITION OF JEAN RICHER TO CAYENNE (1672-1673). Reprinted from ISIS, Volume XXXIV, Part 2, No. 94, Autumn, 1942, 117-128. (offprint), 1942. Folio, 117-128pp. Printed wrappers. Fine. $25. ¶ Offprint from the same year as the article’s first public appearance in ISIS, 1942.

 

OPPENHEIMER, J. Robert. THE OPEN MIND. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1955. 8vo, (6), 146, (1)pp. Cloth, dust-jacket, bookplate. A very good copy. $25. ¶ First Edition of a lecture delivered in Pittsburgh before the George Westinghouse Centennial Forum on May 16, 1946.

 

ORTI, Da Giralomo. RACCOLTA ACCRESCIUTA DI VIAGGI... Verona: Dalla Tipografia de-Giorgi, 1834. 2 vols, 4to, (8), 481; 521pp Blue paste-paper boards, morocco spine labels, orig. wrappers bound in. With the bookplate of naturalist Charles Atwood Kofoid. Very good. $350. ¶ A scientific account of the author’s voyage and travels through Europe. Volume I deals exclusively with Italy and presents a classification glossary to Linnaeus’s system, with comments on plants found by the author in Verona during 1806-1807. Volume II comprises the letters from his recent voyage to France, England, Scotland, Holland and a part of Germany. Also included is a large section on a voyage to Sicily. There are observations made during visits to museums, archaelogical ruins, sculpture, the British Museum and the Louvre. Many major cities, lesser town and local personages are visited.

 

PAPE, Captain A.G. IS THERE A NEW RACE TYPE? And THE PHILOSOPHY BEHIND. Edinburgh: Fyall & Maine, 1923. 8vo, 29, 29pp. Quarter tan cloth over brown boards, gilt lettered spine, very good. $25. ¶ First Edition.

 

PAUL, J. Harland. THE LAST CRUISE OF THE CARNEGIE. With a Foreward by John A. Fleming. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, 1932. 8vo, xviii, 331pp, colored frontis. & 197 textual & plate illus. Original blue cloth, gilt titles, ship vignette embossed on front cover. Some light soiling to covers, spine faded, a very good copy. $50. ¶ First Edition. Built in 1909 the Carnegie, the world’s only sea-going non-magnetic observatory, succesfully performed six cruises obtaining geophysical data over the oceans. Tragically, in May 1928, a year and half into its seventh expedition, the vessel burned killing Capt. James Percy Ault and a cabin-boy. A moving account by Dr. Harland, the ship’s surgeon and observer in meteorology and oceanography, who survived the fire.

 

PESSUTI, Gioacchino. OPUSCOLI DUE ALL’ IDRODINAMICA Appartenenti il Primo sulla Teoria delle Trombe Idrauliche. Il Secondo, sulla Legge delle Velocita dell’ Acqua Prorompente da’ Piccoli fori de’Vasi. Rome: Stamperi Paliarini, 1789. Sm. 4to, vii, (1), 188pp, 1 folding plate at the back. Contemp. half calf, marbled boards. Some light staining, otherwise very good $500. ¶ First Edition. Pessuti enjoyed a considerable reputation in his day with contributions to hydraulics and astronomy. In 1787 he was appointed to the chair of applied mathematics at the Ginassia della Sapienza in Rome. Not in Riccardi. No copy recorded in OCLC (8/2000).

 

PFEIFFER, John. THE THINKING MACHINE. Philadelphia & New York: J.B. Lippincott, [1962]. 8vo, xii, 242pp. Cloth, dust jacket slightly worn. Very good. $50. ¶ First Edition.

 

PICTET [de Rochemont], Ch[arles] de Genève. TRAITÉ DES ASSOLEMENS, ou de l’art d’etablir les rotations de récolter… Geneve: Paschoud, IX [1801]. 8vo, (4), 284, (2)pp. Modern boards, insignificant damp staining in upper corner, otherwise a fine copy. $150. ¶ Only Ediition of an important treatise on the rotation of crops. Pictet de Rochemont (1755-1824) was an agronomist and later plenipotentiary minister of Geneva who, together with his brother Marc, introduced many innovative ideas to his country's agriculture as a result of the general impact of the French Revolution. The second part of his treatise gives detailed information on the method and results of crop rotation. Not in Mongland. NUC: 3 copies.

 

PLANCK, Max. EINFÜHRUNG IN DIE THEORIE DER ELEKTRIZITÄT UND DES MAGNETISMUS. Zum Gebrauch bei Vorträgen, sowie zum Selbstunterricht. Leipzig: S. Hirzel, 1922. 8vo, v, 208pp, 12 illus. Orig. quarter cloth, printed boards, paper browned, a few notes in text, else very good. $150. ¶ First Edition of one of Planck’s major works, published separately and forming the third volume of his introduction to theoretical physics. Akademie No. 142.

 

PORTA, Giambattista della. MAGIA NATURALIS, Oder: Hauskunst und Wunder-Buch. Nuremberg: Christian Peganium, 1713. Thick 4to, (6), 1048, (46 index)pp, engraved frontsipiece portrait of the author & 20 full-page copper plates, together with woodcut in the text. Full red polished calf, gilt panelled borders and spine. $2500. ¶ Rare German edition of Porta’s tremendously popular work on the marvels of nature, edited by the cabalist Christian Knorr von Rosenroth. It includes sections on alchemy, natural science, medicines, cosmology, geology, artificial gems, the magnet, gunpowder, secret writing, etc. It was the earliest work to contain a description of the camera obscura with a lens (chapter 17). A passage in the tenth book has erroneously been quoted to ascribe to Porta the invention of the telescope. Book six shows that the production of artificial gems was well advanced in Porta’s time. The seventh book includes some important observations on the magnet. The first edition, containing four books, was published in 1558 when the author was 15 years of age. The work had a great vogue and was translated into most European languages. NUC not 3 copies only (DNlm, PPHa & IU). Blake p.114. Gabrieli, Della Porta-Notizoa Bibliografia, p.337. Not in Duveen or Ferguson.

 

PROCTOR, Richard A[nthony]. THE MOON. Her Motions, Aspect, Scenery, and Physical Condition. With Two Lunar Photographs by [Lewis]Rutherford and Many Illustrations. New York: Appleton Century, 1892. 8vo, x, (1), 314pp, frontispiece, 7 plates, 4 tables, 35 figures. Black cloth, gilt lettered and illus., stamped ruled borders, very good. $135. ¶ Originally published in 1873, the present volume, one of this popular science writer’s many books, is consindered "A useful work and suited to the enthusiastic student…valuable for its lunar photographs. Proctor had the happy knack of including in his works much astronomical information and making it interesting reading for every one" (Brown). An accomplished astronomer, Proctor’s (1837-1888) popular reputation is based upon his unusually lucid presentation of the subject. From the sheets of the Longmans, Green 1886 third edition. Copies of either the first or the present edition are hard to come by. Cf. Brown, Astronomical Atlases, Maps & Charts, p.129. DSB XI, pp162-163.

 

RAY, John. HISTORIA PLANTARUM. London: M. Clark for H. Faithorne, 1666-88. 2 vols, large folio, (24), 983; (8), 985-1940, (35)pp, 1 sm. engraving containing 5 figs. illustrating the germination of seeds at vol.1, p. 27. Contemp. stiff vellum, sides elaborately blind-stamped, raised bands on spine. Light foxing to the prelims, otherwise a fine copy, lacking as usual the supplementary 3rd vol. of which only 200 copies were printed & also lacking the imprimatur leaf at the front of vol. I. $1500. ¶ First Edition of the magnum opus of the "Father of English natural history." Historia Plantarum is considered one of the greatest botanical works produced by one individual. Nearly 17,000 plants—many of them new—are described. Ray was "the greatest botanist of the 17th century; indeed one of the greatest of any century. In his greatest botanical work, the Historia Plantarum, he not only described all the plants he knew, arranging them in his system, but contributed an extraordinary survey of the whole field of botany. His real importance as the founder of modern botany was obscured by the success of Linnaeus’ sexual system" (Hunt cat.). Dibner 24. Grolier, Science 100, 87. Hunt pp. xxx-xxxi. Keynes 48-49. Osler 972. Pritzel 7436. Wing R394.

 

READ, Oliver. THE RECORDING AND REPRODUCTION OF SOUND. Indianapolis: Howard W. Sams, 1949. 8vo, x, 364pp, illus. throughout. Orig. cloth, name on endpaper, very good. $100. ¶ First Edition, a classic in the field.

 

REED, R. D. and R. D. Reed & J. S. Hollister. GEOLOGY OF CALIFORNIA.[with] STRUCTURAL EVOLUTION OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. Tulsa: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1958. 2 vols in 1, 8vo, xxiv, 355, frontispiece, 60 b&w illus., 27 tables, xix, 157pp, 57 figures, 15 plates, 6 tables,1 foldout map in rear pocket. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, very good. $35. ¶ Reprints of the authors’ scarce classics of geological literature first published in 1933 and 1936 respectively. Reed is considered one of the great geologists of the modern age.

 

RIIS, Jacob A. THE BATTLE WITH THE SLUM. New York: Macmillan, 1902. 8vo, xi, (1), 465, (1 as adv. )pp, frontispiece, 92 b&w illus. Blue cloth, gilt lettered and illus., blindstamped borders, teg, a bright, very good copy. $125. ¶ First Edition of the sequel to Riis’ influential The Way the Other Half Lives. With the bookplate of the Booklovers Library in Philadelphia, and in their slipcase.

 

ROGER, Jacques. LES SCIENCES DE LA VIE DANS LA PENSEE FRANÇAISE DU XVIIIe SIECLE. Paris: Armand Colin, 1963, 4to, 842pp. Orig. printed wrappers, interior & cover very clean. A fine copy. 450.

 

RORSCHACH, Dr. Hermann. PSYCHODIAGNOSTICS. A Diagnostic Test Based on Perception Including Rorschach’s Paper The Application of the Form Interpretation Test (Published Postumously by Dr. Emil Oberholzer). Translation and English Edition by Paul Lemkau, M. D. and Bernard Kronenberg, M. D. Editor W. Morgenthaler. Third Edition, Revised and Enlarged. [With] PSYCHODIAGNOSTIK Tafeln. Vierte Auflage, Bern, Hans Huber, n.d. Berne - New York: Hans Huber - Grune & Stratton, 1942. 2 vols, 238, (2)pp as publisher adv.; Atlas of test cards (10 plates). Gold cloth, brown lettered, mild wear, lt. soiling, some spotting, owner’s signature, underlining to pp.15-29; yellow cloth, black lettered slipcase for cards, lt.-mod. soiling, neat tear with threading at upper rear hinge, small tears to paper panels, both volumes overall very good. $375. ¶ Third edition, first English Translation of the text. Originally published in 1921, Rorschach’s (1884-1922) famous inkblot test has been associated in the media and public mind with the imagination and psychotherapy but it is, in reality, a brilliantly simple perceptual test to diagnose psychosis. Rarely found together, here are the artfully beautiful test cards themselves and the accompanying volume to interpret the results. Scarce. Cf. Garrison & Morton 4988.1; cf. Boring, History of Experimental Psychology p.583.

 

(Royal Society index). AN INDEX TO THE ANATOMICAL, MEDICAL, CHIRURGICAL, AND PHYSIOLOGICAL PAPERS Contained in the Transactions of the Royal Society of London from the Commencement of that Work to the End of the Year 1813. Westminster: M. Stace..., 1814. 4to, iv, 101pp. Orig. boards, spine lightly worn, very good, uncut. $200. ¶ Index from 1665 through 1813 by volume and with a general index. Scarce.

 

(Rubber). INTERNATIONAL RUBBER & ALLIED TRADES EXHIBITION. The Official Handbook on India Rubber and Catalogue. Exposition de Caoutchouc. Kautschuk Ausstellung. Compiled & Edited by A. Stanes Manders. Royal Agricultural Hall, London. 24th June to 14th July, 1911. London: International Rubber & Allied Trades Exhibition, 1911. 8vo, 566pp, 38 plates, hundreds of illus. Orig. grained leather stamped on front "Second International Rubber and Allied Trades Exhibition… the Official Guide Book and Catalogue, Souvenir." Very good. $150. ¶ Handsome copy of this exhibition catalogue, inscribed by the editor. Firms from Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Uganda, Ceylon and dozens of other countries put up exhibits at this grand affair, and their products are documented here in essays, advertisments, and illustrations. Many luminaries unrelated to the exhibition are depicted in photographs, too, as being patrons of the rubber industry.

 

RUTHERFORD, E[rnest]. RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES AND THEIR RADIATIONS. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1913. 8vo, (8), 700pp, 174 illus., incl. 4 plates. Orig. cloth. Light wear to extremities, skillfully rebacked preserving backstrip, occasional pencil annotations, very good. $150. ¶ First Edition of Rutherford’s summary of radioactive research in his time, incorporating all the advances made since the publication of the second edition of Radio-activity in 1905. New Zealand-born Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937) placed second in a competition for a scholarship to Cambridge University in 1886, and attended only because the winner declined acceptance in favor of marriage. At Cambridge he studied and under J.J. Thomson. Soon he investigated and named the alpha and beta rays, formulated the transformation theory of radioactivity, identified the alpha particle as a helium nucleus, proposed the nuclear structure of the atom, and was the first to artifically disintegrate an element. He was awarded the 1908 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Norman Library 1872.

 

SANBORN, Kate. THE VANITY AND INSANITY OF GENIUS. New York: George J. Coombes, 1886. 8vo, xiv, 198pp. Publisher’s original cloth, gilt lettered, gilt publisher’s vignette, beveled edges, teg, sm chips at spine head and tail, some cornerwear, inlay offset, otherwise very good. $200. ¶ First Edition, with a rare ALs from the author to a Mrs Stedman. Sanborn (1839-1917) was a noted author, humorist, lecturer, and feminist who "mocked the idea that women need to be married to be happy" (Feminist Companion to Literature in English p.942). Teaching English Literature at Smith College, she interspersed her humorous writings with works on serious topics such as the volume under notice; even it, however, contains a wry preface. Here, Sanborn collects "a mosaic of quotations" (Preface) and commentary on the subject. Genius, its nature, and disphoric manifestations was beginning to receive much attention during the last quarter of the 19th century; Francis Galton, Darwin’s cousin, had written on genius and heredity in 1870, and laid-in to this volume is a contemporary newspaper article discussing the work of Grasset in France who was then investigating the nexus between genius and madness. A singular copy. Feminist Companion to Literature in English p.745. DAB XVI, p.327.

 

SCAMMON, Charles M. THE MARINE MAMMALS OF THE NORTH-WESTERN COAST OF NORTH AMERICA and the American Whale Fishery. Riverside: Manessier, 1969. 4to, xlvi, 319, v as index pp, 27 plates. 3 folding maps to rear pocket. Green cloth, gilt lettering and illus., bookplate, fine. $175. ¶ Facsimile reprint of the 1874 first edition. Writing with authority, Scammon, a whaling captain turned naturalist, here provided what is still the most dramatic, attractive and informative volume on whales, whaling, and seals found off the Pacific Northwest coast of the U.S. The series of lithographs by Britton and Rey well illustrate the species of Cetacea and Pinnipedia in the region, in addition to scenes of the contemporary whaling industry; the text rich with historical data on whaling and whale and seal behavior. Cf. Howes S136; Cowan 570; Wickersham 732; Sabin 77441; Ricks p.192.

 

SCHATZMANN, Iman Elsie. THE COUNTRY SCHOOL. At Home and Abroad. Chicago: Univ. of Chicago Press, 1942. 8vo, xvi, 233pp, b&w photographs throughout. Photo-illus. cloth, dustjacket, near fine in nearly very good dj. $35. ¶ First Edition, Inscribed by the Author.

 

SCHULTZE, Fritz. FETICHISM, A Contribution to Anthropology and the History of Religion. Translated from the German by J. Fitzgerald. New York: Humboldt, (1885). 8vo, (4), 112, (46 as publ. catalogue)pp. Publisher’s original maroon cloth, gilt lettered spine, black stamped ruled borders, lettering and vignette, very good. $50. ¶ First Edition in English. Fine study of fetich worship amongst primitive peoples around the world. Printed in double columns.  

 

SCHUTZENBERGER, Paul. TRAITE DES MATTERES COLORANTES comprenant leurs Applicantions à la Teiinture et å ll Impression et des Notices sur les Fibres Textiles, les Epaissants et les Mordants... Paris: Victor Masson, 1867. 2 vols, 8vo, xi, 544; (4), 646, (1)pp. With 73 actual swatches of cotton and silk dyed with colors in stripes and solids. Modern cloth-backed boards, leather label, original printed wrappers bound in, very slight foxing, a very good copy. $375. ¶ First Edition, a fine specimen book. By 1867 the impact of researchs by Chevreul and the variety of color schemes and uses at the Great Exhibition had spurred investigation into the scientific bases of color and its effects. Schutzenberger (1829-1897) devoted much of his life to industrial chemistry especially in connection with coloring matters and this work is his major publication in that field. The swatches are in fine condition and have not bled onto the pages or stained back through their adhesive; the whole work is a triumph or skill and industry. In later life, Schutzenberger was director of the Ecole de Physique et de Chimie where his laboratory supervisor was Pierre Curie and where Marie Curie first Wroked. He also encouraged in the Ecole de France Bach Lagevin, and Meyerson.

 

(Science). ANNUAL REPORT OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, Showing the Operations, Expenditures, and Condition of the Institution for the Year 1863. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1864. 8vo, viii, 419pp. Later full calf, gilt lettering to red and black morocco spine labels, blindtooled borders, some loss at spine head, a bit of rubbing, otherwise a very good copy. $75. ¶ Features abstracts/articles on: Aeronautic Voyages (ballooning); An Account of the Aboriginal Inhabitants of the Californian Peninsula; Principles of Linguistic Science; The Propagation of Electricity in Highly Rarefied Fluids; A History of Discovery Relative to Magnetism; and an account of A Remarkable Accumulation of Bats, in which 9,640 bats invaded a home in Maryland and had to be systematically destroyed.

 

SCRIBNER, Gilbert Hilton. WHERE DID LIFE BEGIN? A Brief Inquiry as to the Probable Place of Beginning and the Natural Courses of Migration Therefrom of the Flora and Fauna of the Earth. A Monograph. New York: Charles SCribner’s Sons, 1903.

8vo, 75pp, frontispiece. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, gilt vignette, teg, mild wear to extremities, otherwise near fine. $35. ¶ A Presentation Copy, signed and inscribed by the author.

 

SERRES, Olivier de. THEATRE D’AGRICULTURE & MESNAGE DES CHAMPS... Paris: Societe d’Agriculture, 1804-05. 2 vols, 4to, cxcii, 672pp, frontis, l plate; xliv, 948pp, 16 plates. Quarter calf, boards, heads of spines chipped, hinges cracked, very good. $650. ¶ Best edition, after the first of 1600, of this classic work. Brunet describes this edition as "très bonne edition de cet ouvrage estimé." Serres (1539-1619), one of the first important theorists on agriculture and gardening, here describes his plans for the laying out of farms, gardens and orchards. He includes an historical essay on European agriculture by Gregoire, and chapters on soils, seasons, tilling, wheat, vineyards, fruit, honey, pastureland, fowl-raising, herb gardens, medicinal gardens, fountains, etc. This edition also includes a biography of Serres by François and various contemporary accounts of his work. Brunet V, 312. Gothein II, 418-24. Plesch 405. Vicaire 788.

 

SINGER, Charles. FROM MAGIC TO SCIENCE. Essays on the Scientific Twilight. New York: Boni & Liveright, 1928. 8vo, xix, 253pp, 7 (of 14) tipped-in color plates, 108 b&w plates. Black cloth, gilt lettered, gilt vignette, light wear at extremities, very good. $40. ¶ First American Edition from the sheets of the London, 1928, first issue. Singer (1876-1960) was one of the great historians of science and medicine and here discusses the historical process by which scientific rationality, beginning with the Ionian Greeks, came to define our conception and study of nature.

 

SINGER, Charles; E.J. Holmyard; and A.R. Hall. A HISTORY OF TECHNOLOGY. New York & London: Oxford University Press, 1954-8. 5 vols, large 8vo. Blue cloth, dust jackets. Very good set. $250. ¶ First Edition of the most thorough exploration of the history of technology ever produced.

 

SMYTH, Henry D. ATOMIC ENERGY POR MILITARY PURPOSES. The Official Report on the Development of the Atomic Bomb under the Auspices of the United States Government, 1940-1945. Princeton University Press, 1945. Sm. 8vo, (xi), 264pp. with 8pp of photographs. Orig. cloth, dust jacket, jacket torn away at top of upper cover & foot of backstrip, otherwise a very good copy. $75. ¶ First Trade & First Illustrated Edition. This study was first printed as a lithoprint reproduction of a typescript, circulated to a very small professional and military audience. This new edition, the first for the public, contains some clarifications and alterations to the text and the photographs not in the original edition. This history of the origin and development of the atomic bomb is indisputably one of the seminal documents of our century. Smyth, chairman of the physics department at Princeton, stated in the introduction that the purpose of this work is to inform the public as fully as possible on the impact and implications of atomic energy used as a weapon.

 

 

SMYTH, Henry de Wolf. A GENERAL ACCOUNT OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF METHODS OF USING ATOMIC ENERGY FOR MILITARY PURPOSES UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT 1940-1945. Washington, D.C.: 1945. 8vo, 9 x 5-7/8 inches; pp.iii-vii (complete, cover included in pagination), 182pp. Orig. printed wrappers. Wrappers slightly sunned, otherwise very good. $450. ¶ First Edition of the first published account of the development of the atom bomb, issued on 12 August 1945, six days after the first atomic bomb was exploded over Hiroshima and the very day the surrender of Japan was announced. Smyth, chairman of the Department of Physics at Princeton, gives this thrilling and horrific, still remarkably full and candid account of the development of the work carried out between 1940 and 1945 by physicists under the code name "Manhattan District". Familiarly known as "The Smyth Report", this work is also the first officially published description of the immediate history of atomic reaction following Hahn and Strassman’s Discovery of Nuclear Fission, 1939. For security reasons during the war, no publishing of any papers relating to work of the atomic bomb was allowed, with the exception of inter-office memoranda. The thirteen chapters include the administrative history of the project, the metallurgical project at Chicago in 1942, problems of plutonium production, separation of isotopes, diffusion separation, electromagnetic separation, and work on the atom bomb. There are also 5 appendices. Printing and the Mind of Man 422.

 

SMYTH, Henry de Wolf. ATOMIC ENERGY POR MILITARY PURPOSES. The Official Report on the Development of the Atomic Bomb under the Auspices of the United States Government, 1940-1945. London: His Majesty’s Stationery Office, 1945. 8vo, orig. wrappers. Good. $30. ¶ First British Edition.

 

SMYTH, Henry DeWolf. ATOMIC ENERGY FOR MILITARY PURPOSES. The Official Report on the Development of the Atomic Bomb under the Auspices of the United States Government, 1940-1945… Written at the Request of L.R. Broves. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1945. 8vo, xii, 264pp, 8 photographic plates. Orig. printed wrappers. Front joint barely splitting, very good. $35. ¶ First Trade Edition, first printing, of the Smyth Report. Apparently a special issue for the Infantry Journal, with a reprint from Science New Letter for October 6, 1945, titled "Laws of Matter Up-to-Date."

 

(Spallanzani). PRANDI, Dino. BIBLIOGRPHIA DELLE OPERE DI LAZZARO SPALLANZANI... Firenze: Sansoni Antiquariato, 1951. Tall 8vo, wrappers, boards slipcase. $75. ¶ First Edition, 666 copies printed.

 

SPENCER, George Ernest. APARTHEID. As Seen Through the Eyes of a Bantu. London: P.R. MacMillan Ltd., 1959. 8vo, 276pp, frontispiece, 15 b&w photos. Maroon cloth, gilt lettered, owner’s signature, dustjacket, fine in nearly very good dj. $75. ¶ First Edition. Quite scarce.

 

STCHERBAGNE, V. LA POLITIQUE AGRAIRE DU GOUVERNMENT SOVIETIQUE. Paris: Rodstein, 1934. 8vo, 350pp. Printed wrappers, front detached. $75. ¶ A dissertation on agrarian politics in the Soviet Union, with emphasis on the NEP period (New Economical Politics) and the specific organization of kolkhozes. Not in NUC.

 

SVOBODA, Antonin. COMPUTING MECHANISMS AND LINKAGES. Edited by Hubert M. James. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1948. 8vo, xii, 359pp. Fold-out chart in back pocket. Cloth, ex-library of M.I.T. Good. $60. ¶ First Edition of a computer classic by a pioneer Czechoslovakian scientist. "Svoboda is quite well known for his work on so-called residual classes - a very interesting and novel way to do arithmetic" (Goldstine p.359).

 

TAINE, John. THE TIME STREAM. Providence-Buffalo: Buffalo Book Co., 1946. 8vo, (6), 251, (1)pp. Blue cloth, gilt lettered, dust jacket, near fine in very good dj. $100. ¶ First Edition in book form, earlier serialized. Though the jacket states a copy limitation of 2000, it is believed that considerably fewer were bound, and of those many were destroyed by water action. (Locke; Spectrum I, p.211); Chalker and Owings state that only 500 were bound, and that of those, half were ruined in a rainstorm (The Science-Fantasy Publishers; p. 78). The best of Taine’s novels; one of the finest pulp SF novels of the period. Bleiler, Checklist of Science Fiction and Supernatural Fiction, p. 191. Barron, Anatomy of Wonder 4, 2-127.

 

TAX, Sol (ed.). THE EVOLUTION OF LIFE. Its Origin, History and Future. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1960. 8vo, viii, 629pp. Gray and blue cloth, black lettered, dust jacket, very good. $20. ¶ First Edition, volume one of the University of Chicago’s Darwin Centennial Celebration trilogy, Evolution After Darwin.

 

TAYLOR, Joseph. ARBORES MIRABILES: or, a Description of the Most remarkable Trees, Plants, and Shrubs, in All parts of the World… London: Darton, 1812. Sm. 8vo, (2), 192, (8, index)pp, 6 engraved plates, incl. frontis. Modern boards. Very good. $200. ¶ First Edition of this collection of anecdotes and botanical descriptions of trees and plants of different parts of the world, based on accounts of travellers, historians, and naturalists. Some 200 species are discussed, including the coca plant, cannabis sativa, datura, tobacco plant, Venus’s fly-trap and tea trees, the baobab, the fountain tree, the banyan, etc. Joseph Taylor, of Newington, Surrey also wrote Complete Weather Guide… (1812) & Bible Garden (1836). Desmond p.601. NUC:9cc.

 

(Telephones). YOUR TELEPHONE - ASSET OR LIABILITY. Chicago: Automatic Electric Co., 1915. Slim 12mo, 36pp, folding graph tipped to front pastedown, printed questionaire in pocket at rear. Original publisher’s black and red pictorial cloth, text printed in red and black, fine. $45. ¶ Only Edition; outlines the advantages of the "automatic" telephone over the manual system.

 

(Television). Bell Telephone Laboratories. TELEVISION. N.P.: Bell Telephone Laboratories, October 31, 1927. Lg. 8vo, 27pp, with b&w photographs. Original taupe wrappers, very good. $150. ¶ Rare First Edition in French and possibly the first printing in any language, issued to the members of Conférence Radiotélégraphique Internationale. Early pamphlet detailing the first public demonstration of television given by Walter S. Gifford, President of AT&T on April 7, 1927. No copies in located in the online catalogues of the Library of Congress & OCLC.

 

THEOPHRASTUS, of Eresos. OPERA OMNIA. Basilae: J. Oporius, 1541. Folio, (31 x 20,5cm), 291pp, Greek text, with ornamental head-ppieces and decorative initials. Contemp. vellum, slight wear, a few insignificant worm holes in the first quire, owner’s ink inscription dated 1577 on title. $3500.

¶ First sixteenth century edition of the works of the Greek philosopher, preceded only by the Aldine incunable of 1498. Our copy is one of the rare variant issues with the Latin preface of the philologist Jerome Gemusaeus (1505 - 1543) instead of that of doctor and botanist Joachim II Camerius (1534 - 1598). This edition is not in Durling, Waller or Choix, and Adams and Wellcome record only the issue with the Camerius’s preface. Among the various treatises which this work contains (Plantarum historia, De plantarum causis, Aristotelis de Plantis, De Lapidibus, De Piscibus, De Igne, De Signis, De Odoribus, De Ventis, De Sudoribus..)

Also included is the "Moral Characters," descriptive sketches of types exhibiting deviations from proper norms of behaviour which inspired Jean de La Bruyere in the seventeenth century. Theophrastus (Eresos 371 AD - 264), student of Plato and Aristotle, and successor of the latter as head of the Lyceum, one of the greatest botanists of all times, wrote on philosophy, botany, and on a number of scientific subjects including precious stones, wind, fire, weather and odors. A researcher and scholar rather than a speculative philosopher, he pursued his researches along lines laid down by Aristotle, his differences due to an emphasis on empirical observation. The texts of the surviving works are notoriously defective, yet his writings were drawn upon by the ancient writers so extensively they are indirectly the root of almost all we know of early Greek natural philosophy.

"He gives a remarkable account of the perfumes used at that early period and shows a considerable knowledge of physiology… We owe to Theophrastus the names of the various perfumes used by the Greeks" (Thompson, Mystery & Lure of Perfume, pp.61-2). Sarton I, pp.143-44. "…the first methodical study of mineralogy and the only one before Agricola’s in the sixteenth century that considers mineral substances for themselves rather than for their curative or magical properties" (DSB). This work "may be claimed as the earliest essay in Petrography" (Geikie p.16). Cf. Pritzel 9190; BM, Stc German, 856.

 

THOMAS, H.A. ELECTRONIC "BRAINS." In: Proceedings of the Royal Institution of Great Britain 38, no.171, 1960. 8vo, pp.142-162, with 2 plates (plus 1 duplicate) & figures in the text. Offprint, stapled. Fine. $125.

 

THOMAS, P. HINDU RELIGION, CUSTOMS AND MANNERS. Describing the Customs and Manners, Religious, Social, Domestic Life, Arts and Sciences of the Hindus. Bombay: D.B. Taraporevala Sons, [ca. 1920]. 4to, xiii, 161pp, colored frontis. & 251 half-tones. Original quarter blue cloth over boards, worn at corners, very good in a chipped illustrated dust jacket, good. $75. ¶ First Indian Edition. An early comprehensive study of Hindu life. According to the dust jacket blurb, "The appearance of this profusely illustrated monumental work at a time when the Hindus are emerging out of compartive obscurity as the leading nation of the East is a landmark in the history of the race."

 

TRIGG, George L. LANDMARK EXPERIMENTS IN TWENTIETH CENTURY PHYSICS. New York: Crane, Russak, (1975). 8vo, red cloth, dust jacket somewhat worn at edges. $35.

 

TURCK, J.A.V. ORIGIN OF MODERN CALCULATING MACHINES, A Chronicle of the Evolution of the Principles fhat form the Generic Make-Up of the Modern Calculating Maching. Chicago:, 1921, reprinted Fallbrook, 2001. 8vo, (4), 196pp. Wrappers New. $30. ¶ Only reprint of a classic work on the history of computing devices. The 1921 original has become incredibly scarce.

 

TURING, Alan Mathison. A Method For the Calculation of the Zeta-Function. In: Proceedings of the

London Mathematical Society, Vol. XLVIII, Second Series, 1945. 8vo, pp.180-197 in larger extract, bound in later grey wrappers. Fine. $650. ¶ An early paper by one of the fathers of modern digital computing. Turing designed and built Colussus, the world's first purposeful electronic digital computer to break the Nazi military codes in WWII.

 

TURING, Alan Mathison Computing Machinery and Intelligence. In: Mind, A Quarterly Review of Psychology and Philosophy. Vol. LIX, no.236. Edinburgh: Thomas Nelson, October,  1950. 8vo, pp.433-60 in whole volume bound in blue cloth, the indexes supplied in phtocopy. Very good. $1250. ¶ First Edition of the classic paper on artificial intelligence. Turing’s concept of a machine which could function in a fashion similar to humans was introduced in the present paper.

 

VIANNE, Edmond. POMMES DE TERRE, leur Culture, Emploi et Conservation. Paris: Andre Sagnier, [1870]. Sm. 8vo, (4), 156pp, 31 engravings of potatoes in the text. Orig. printed wrappers, a fine copy. $125. ¶ Only Edition. Published in the series Nouvelle Bibliotheque Rurale. This text details the cultivation, usage, and conservation of the potato. The plates show views of potatoes including cross-sections, and depictions of some of the hardware necessary to their proper cultivation. The author (b.1815) published several works on agriculture. Not in Nissen or NUC.

 

(Volta). DIBNER, Bern. ALESSANDRO VOLTA & THE ELECTRIC BATTERY. New York: Franklin Watts, (1964). 8vo, 135pp. Green cloth, dust jacket. Very good. $35.

 

VON FOERSTER, Heinz, ed, with Margaret Mead. CYBERNETICS Circular Causal and Feedback Mechanisms in Biological and Social Systems. Transaction of the Tenth Conference April 22-24, 1953. Princteon. Edited by... .Assistant Editors Margaret Mead, Hans Lukas Teuber. New York: Josiah Macy Jr Foundation, 1955. 8vo, 100pp. Cloth, dust jacket. Very good. $50.

 

WALKER, Alexander. INTERMARRIAGE: Or, The Mode in Which, and the Causes Why, Beauty, Helath and Intellect, Result from Certain Unions, and Deformity, Disease and Insanity, from Others. New York: J. & H.G. Langley, 1839. 8vo, xii, 384pp, frontis. & 7 plates. Orig. cloth. Light wear to extremities, plates foxed, otherwise very good. $250. ¶ First Edition. This unusual stab at understanding inheritance proposes a law that "one parent gives to progeny the forehead and organs of sense, together with the nutritive organs contained within the trunk of the body; while the other parent gives the backhead and cerebel or organ of the will, together with the locomotive organs composing the exterior of the trunk and the whole of the limbs." The application of the author’s theory to both humans and domestic animals is enthusiastically explicated. Interestingly, the author discusses the breeding of peas, although Mendel’s experiments with peas did not commence for another seventeen years. Walker also authored Woman Physiologically Considered as to Mind, Morals and Beauty Illustrated by an Analysis and Classification of Beauty in Women.

 

WALLIS, R.V. & P.J. Wallis. BIBLIOGRAPHY OF BRITISH MATHEMATICS & ITS APPLICATIONS. Part II. 1702-1760. Newcastle: Project for Historical Bibliography, n.d. 4to, xxiii, 502pp. Green cloth, gilt. Very good. $225.

 

WARREN, G. B. DEVELOPMENT OF STEAM TURBINES FOR MAIN PROPULSION OF HIGH-POWERED COMBATANT SHIPS. New York: Society of Navel Architects & Marine Engineers, 1946. Tall slim 8vo, 35pp. Self wrappers, reinforced. very good+. $25. ¶ Advance Copy of a paper presented at the Society’s annual meeting, November 14 and 15, 1946.

 

WERNER, Christian Friedrich. DIE PRODUKTIONSKRAFT DER ERDE oder die Entstehung des Menschengeschlechts aus Naturkräften. Leipzig: Engelmann, 1826. 8vo, viii, 413, (2, ads)pp. Old wrappers, sm. stamps on title, tiny section cut away at foot of title not touching text, otherwise good. $65. ¶ Third edition, revised and enlarged by Heinrich Richter, of this rare study by Christian Friedrich Werner (1757-1826). The author proposes here to discover the origin of the human race by linking metaphysical speculation with chemistry. Poggendorff II, p.1301. NUC: 1 copy at PPAN.

 

WEXLER, H., and J. E. Caskey, Jr. (eds.). PROCEEDINGS OF THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON ROCKET AND SATELLITE METEOROLOGY. Washington, D. C. April 23-25, 1962. Amsterdam: North-Holland Publ., 1963. 8vo, ix, 440, (1)pp, frontispiece, illus. throughout with photos, text figures. Red cloth, gilt lettered, very good. $50. ¶ First Edition.

 

WIENER, Norbert. COLLECTED WORKS WITH COMMENTARIES. Volume 1. Edited by P. Masani. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1976. Large 8vo, x, 761pp. Original cloth, dust jacket. $100. ¶ First Edition inscribed by Margaret Wiener "To Yuk Wing Lee, student, colleague and collaborator of Norbert Wiener, in appreciation for years of loyalty and friendship. Gratefully Margaret Wiener, January 1977, S. Townworth(?), N.H." Volume 1 of a projected series, including a lengthy bibliography of Weiner’s works.

 

WIENER, Norbert. CYBERNETICS or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine. Paris: Hermann, 1948. 8vo, (2), 194, (4)pp. Cloth, owner’s name on front endpaper. Very good. $500. ¶ First Edition of the rare Paris issue which most likely precedes the U.S. Wiener originally wrote the work at the request of Hermann’s publisher Freymann (see I Am a Mathematician p.331ff). The U.S. edition was prepared from the plates used for this edition. As the subtitle of this book suggests, Wiener’s newly-coined science of cybernetics is concerned with applying the concepts of feedback and control to human activities. Wiener, the eccentric Mathematics professor (and former child prodigy) from M.I.T., still dazzles today’s readers with his exhilarating mixture of electronics, control theory, mathematics, Bergsonian time theory, feedback, and a dozen other topics. Cybernetics’ most important legacy may be its contribution "to popularizing a way of thinking in communication theory terms, such as feedback, information, control, input, output, stability, homeostasis, predction, and filtering" (D.S.B.) In Cybernetics, "Wiener laid the foundation for the philosophical relations between mechanistic and mathematical scientific theories. This work may not have directly contributed to the actual machine developments, but it did much to stimulate resaerch in automata and in attempts to stimulate human thought processes" (Morgan).

 

WIENER, Norbert. CYBERNETICS or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine. New York: John Wiley & Sons and Paris: Hermann, [1948]. 8vo, (4), 194, (2)pp. Cloth, dust jacket slightly torn, owner’s bookplate on front paste-down endpaper, otherwise very good.. $400. ¶ First American Edition. As the subtitle of this book suggests, Wiener’s newly-coined science of cybernetics is concerned with applying the concepts of feedback and control to human activities. Wiener, the eccentric Mathematics professor (and former child prodigy) from M.I.T., still dazzles today’s readers with his exhilarating mixture of electronics, control theory, mathematics, Bergsonian time theory, feedback, and a dozen other topics. Cybernetics’ most important legacy may be its contribution "to popularizing a way of thinking in communication theory terms, such as feedback, information, control, input, output, stability, homeostasis, predction, and filtering" (D.S.B.) In Cybernetics, "Wiener laid the foundation for the philosophical relations between mechanistic and mathematical scientific theories. This work may not have directly contributed to the actual machine developments, but it did much to stimulate resaerch in automata and in attempts to stimulate human thought processes" (Morgan). Randell p.172.

 

YOUDEN, W. W. COMPUTER LITERATURE BIBLIOGRAPHY 1946 to 1963 Washington D.C.: U. S. Government Printing Office, [ca. 1964]. Tall 8vo, iv, 463 pp. Cloth, gilt, faded, some staining, otherwise very good. $75. ¶ Bibliography, with title and author indexes.