February 2022 Catalogue

Inscribed By Francis Crick And Signed By James Watson 17. (CRICK, Francis) WATSON, James D. The Double Helix. A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA. New York, 1968. Octavo, original blue cloth, dust jacket. $23,500. Click for more info First edition of Watson’s controversial personal account of the DNA discovery, inscribed: “Best wishes to A— and R— G—. Francis Crick” and signed by James D. Watson. “One of the investigators, more than any of the others, realized the decisive importance of the DNA molecules in biology, and it was this understanding which urged him relentlessly to push this work toward a successful conclusion, in spite of his rather modest technical qualifications for this task” (Mayr, 823). “He has described admirably how it feels to have that frightening and beautiful experience of making a great scientific discovery” (Richard Feynman). With numerous diagrams and photographic illustrations, and six pages of facsimiles. Book fine, dust jacket with a bit of faint shallow dampstaining along top edge, two small tape repairs to verso. Very unusual and desirable signed by both Watson and Crick. “Worrying about complications before ruling out the possibility that the answer was simple would have been damned foolishness.” February 2022 – 19 – Bauman Rare Books