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INSCRIBED WITH AN ORIGINAL POEM IN GERMAN AND SIGNED BY ALBERT EINSTEIN

EINSTEIN, Albert. Relativity. The Special and General Theory. New York, 1931.

Later printing, presentation copy, of Einstein's own explanation of his special and general relativity theories, wonderfully inscribed with an original poem in German: "[translated] This book, unique, among my scribblings, / Remains alone without some siblings, / Because, as I have always believed, / At present there is too much to read. Albert Einstein 1933." $35,000.

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FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL WRAPPERS OF FREUD'S INTRODUCTORY LECTURES ON PSYCHOANALYSIS, WONDERFULLY INSCRIBED BY FREUD TO HIS COLLEAGUE AND FRIEND RUDOLF REITLER, THE FIRST PRACTITIONER OF PSYCHOANALYSIS AFTER FREUD

FREUD, Sigm[und], Prof. Dr. Vorlesungen zur Einfuhrung in die Psychoanalyse. Leipzig und Wien, 1916-17. Three volumes.

First edition in original wrappers of all three volumes of one of Freud's most popular works, the Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis, inscribed in Volume II on the front wrapper to Rudolf Reitler, a friend and colleague of Freud who was instrumental in the development of psychoanalysis as a discipline and the first person after Freud himself to perform analysis on patients: "Herr Dr. R. Reitler mit herzlichen Gruss. Verf[asser]" [Dr. R. Reitler with warm regards. The Author.]. $25,000.

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"UNRIVALED FOR… ELEGANCE OF STYLE AND ACCURACY OF DESCRIPTION"

BELL, Charles. Anatomy of the Brain. BOUND WITH: Series of Engravings… Nerves. London, 1802, 1803.

First editions of two seminal early works by Scottish surgeon Bell—Anatomy of the Brain (1802) and Series of Engravings (1803), with Anatomy wonderfully illustrated with 12 stipple-engraved anatomical plates (11 hand-colored)—-"engraved by Thomas Medland after Bell's own drawings… probably Bell's most beautiful work on neuroanatomy and one of the most beautifully illustrated in the entire literature"—and nine copper-engraved plates (three folding) in Series of Engravings, all after richly detailed and expressive original drawings by Bell, a splendid volume in contemporary calf and marbled boards. $17,500.

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"THE WORK OF ONE MAN AND A COMPLETELY NEW DEPARTURE"

PAVLOV, I.P. Lectures on the Work of the Principal Digestive Glands [in Russian]. Moscow, 1897.

First edition of Pavlov's groundbreaking work, with far-ranging implications in the fields of both physiology and psychology, substantially responsible for him being awarded the Nobel Prize in physiology in 1904. $16,800.

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STRIKING LARGE COLOR PHOTOGRAPH OF THE DOOMED CHALLENGER'S 1985 LAUNCH, THREE MONTHS BEFORE IT EXPLODED, SIGNED BY 24 MEMBERS AND STAFF MEMBERS OF THE ROGERS COMMISSION WHICH INVESTIGATED THE DISASTER, INCLUDING SALLY RIDE, NEIL ARMSTRONG, AND RICHARD FEYNMAN

(NASA) (ROGERS, William P.). Photograph signed. No place, circa 1986.

Exceptional large color photograph of the Challenger taking off on its last successful mission three months before its disastrous explosion, signed and/or inscribed by 24 members of the Rogers Commission (the body that investigated the crash) including Sally Ride, Neil Armstrong, and Richard Feynman. This item belonged to Lt. Col. John B. Hungerford, who was the launch director for the Titan rocket program. $16,500.

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QUAIN’S FIVE-PART SERIES OF ANATOMICAL PLATES IN LITHOGRAPHY,
WITH 204 BEAUTIFUL FULL-PAGE ELEPHANT FOLIO LITHOGRAPHS,
ALMOST ALL HAND-COLORED

QUAIN, Jones and WILSON, William James Erasmus. Series of Anatomical Plates in Lithography. London, 1836-42. Text and five suites of illustrations bound as three volumes.

First edition of this forerunner to Gray's Anatomy, with frontispiece and 203 elephant-folio lithographs by William Fairland, almost all of which are hand colored. Rarely found complete. $16,000.

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RARE FIRST EDITION OF WILLIAM SMELLI’S CELEBRATED 1754 ANATOMICAL ATLAS BY WILLIAM SMELLIE, WITH THE FIRST ACCURATE IMAGES OF THE FETUS IN UTERO, ONE OF ONLY 80 COPIES PUBLISHED

SMELLIE, William, M.D. Sett of Anatomical Tables. London, 1754. Rare first edition of the pioneering 1754 anatomical atlas by William Smellie, "one of the most important obstetricians of all times," with 39 striking copper-engraved plates, the first accurate illustrations of the fetus in utero and during labor, far superior to any before seen, after drawings by Jan van Rymsdyk, Peter Camper and Smellie, accompanied by text and published under the supervision of Smellie's close friend, author and physician Tobias Smollett. One of only 80 copies printed. $15,000.

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"HE HAS ALWAYS BELONGED TO THE NORTHERN DEMOCRACY… GOD ONLY KNOWS HOW WELCOME THE SIGHT OF THE 'STARTS AND STRIPES' WOULD BE TO HIM"

BARTON, Clara. Autograph letter signed. WITH: Autograph letter. Washington, D.C. 1861.

Wonderful autograph letter signed by Clara Barton written during the Civil War, expressing concern for her brother who was still in the South, evoking Lincoln, John Brown, slavery and secessionists, together with a related autograph letter draft by Barton. $12,500.

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"THE FIRST EXPERIMENTAL SCIENTIST IN THE MODERN SENSE": FIRST EDITION OF BOYLE'S MEDICINA HYDROSTATICA, 1690

BOYLE, Robert. Medicina Hydrostatica. London, 1690.

First edition of the "first tract in English upon the determination of specific gravity," one of the final works by Boyle, "arguably the most influential figure in the emerging scientific culture of late 17th-century Britain" and a close friend of John Locke, whose Essay Concerning Human Understanding appeared the same year, containing engraved frontispiece of weighing scales, bound with Catalogue of Philosophical Books at rear, a handsome copy in contemporary boards. $11,000.

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FIRST WORK ON MIDWIFERY BY AN ENGLISHMAN, 1653

HARVEY, William. Anatomical Exercitations, Concerning the Generation of Living Creature. London, 1653.

First edition in English, with engraved frontispiece portrait of Harvey by William Faithorne (often missing). "The chapter on midwifery in this book is the first work on that subject to be written by an Englishman" (Garrison & Morton). $9500.

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OFFPRINTS OF ALL THREE PARTS OF THE GENETIC CODE, 1962-66, ONE INSCRIBED BY MARSHALL NIRENBERG AND TWO SIGNED BY FRANCIS CRICK

CRICK, Francis and NIRENBERG, Marshall W. The Genetic Code. San Francisco, California, 1962-66. Three offprints.

First offprint editions of a three-part article on DNA by Francis Crick and Marshall Nirenberg originally published in Scientific American, with Parts I and III signed by Francis Crick and Part II inscribed: "with best wishes Marshall Nirenberg." $9500.

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BOLDLY PRESENTED AND SIGNED BY EDISON

EDISON, Thomas Alva. Photograph signed. No place, circa 1920.

Very scarce vintage photographic portrait of Edison seated in a library, inscribed and signed by him with a bold flourish on the mount: "To Mrs. Blauvelt, from a believer in woman suffrage, Thos A Edison." $9200.

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SIGNED BY NOBEL LAUREATE FRANCIS CRICK

CRICK, Francis. Packing of Alpha-Helices: Simple Coiled-Coils. Copenhagen, 1953.

Scarce 1953 offprint of Nobel laureate Crick’s seminal paper on the packing of alpha-helices into coiled-coil structures, issued the same year as its appearance in the journal Acta Crystallographica, signed above the title on the first page by Crick, handsomely housed in a custom clamshell box. $7500.

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"THE FIRST SYSTEMATIC ATTEMPT TO PLACE THE THEORY OF PROBABILITY ON A FIRM BASIS"

BERNOULLI, James. The Doctrine of Permutations and Combinations. London, 1795.

First edition of this collection of important mathematical works, including a substantial portion of Bernoulli's Doctrine translated into English, Wallis' Discourse of Combinations, Alternations, and Aliquot Parts, and numerous treatises by other renowned mathematicians—a lovely copy in contemporary marbled calf. $6500.

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“ONE OF THE MOST ELEGANT WORKS OF THE 19TH CENTURY”

LIZARS, John. A System of Anatomical Plates of the Human Body. Edinburgh, 1822-27. Atlas volume only.

First edition of this highly successful medical sourcebook, a collaboration between innovative 19th-century surgeon John Lizars and his artistic brother William Home Lizars, with 101 folio plates of the human body, 15 vividly hand-colored. $6000.

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WITH TWO VOLUMES OF OVER 700 FINELY ENGRAVED AND BEAUTIFULLY HAND-COLORED PLATES

GUERIN, Félix-Edouard, editor. Dictionnaire Pittoresque d"Histoire Naturelle. Paris, 1833-39. Eleven volumes bound as seven. First edition of this impressive early 19th-century natural history encyclopedia, complete with all 720 steel-engraved plates, virtually all of which are hand-colored, depicting in stunning detail a comprehensive range of life, handsomely bound in seven volumes (five of text, two of plates). $4800.

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“MORTON CONVINCED THE WORLD, THE CREDIT IS HIS” (OSLER)

MORTON, William Thomas Green. Statements Supported by Evidence… of the Anaesthetic Properties of Ether. Washington, 1853.

First edition, an exceedingly rare presentation copy of the 1853 Senate Committee Report documenting the long and bitter controversy over Dr. William Morton’s revolutionary discovery of surgical anesthesia, a groundbreaking event with “an immediate and profound effect on medical practice”—inscribed to the “Franklin Institute Library, Philadelphia, Pen. With Respects of W.T.G. Morton, M.D. Boston, Mass.”—scarce in contemporary marbled boards. $4600.

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“HIS VOLUMES ARE THE JOURNAL OF ADAM IN PARADISE”

WHITE, Gilbert. Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne. London, 1789.

First edition of this "solitary classic of natural history," with folding frontispiece panoramic view of Selborne and six engravings (one folding) by Peter Mazell and Daniel Lerpinire after drawings by Samuel Grimm. An uncut copy in orginal marbled boards. $4200.

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"WE MUST CAST OUR LOTS WITH A NON-STATISTICAL INVESTIGATION OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND ACHIEVE WHATEVER DEGREE OF RELIABILITY OR REPRODUCIBILITY WE MAY THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNIQUES OF MEASUREMENT AND CONTROL"

SKINNER, Burrhus Frederic. Behavior of Organisms. New York and London, 1938.

First edition of the foundational work in behavioral analysis and experimental analysis of behavior, in scarce original dust jacket. $4200.

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DEFOE "GAVE LITERARY HISTORY THE DEFINING CHARACTERISTICS OF THE NOVEL": HIS HISTORY OF THE GREAT PLAGUE OF LONDON. 1754

(DEFOE, Daniel). History of the Great Plague. London, 1754.

Elusive 1754 edition of Defoe's 1722 anonymously issued account of the 1665 Great Plague, a fictional yet largely accurate record—"his most journalistic novel"—that compares the Black Death in London to "a great Fire." This timely second edition is the first printing of Defoe's History issued with the early English translation of a French work documenting the 1720 Marseilles Plague—"the most virulent to enter Europe since the Black Death of 1347"—a devastating outbreak that sparked fresh terror among English men and women who feared a resurgence of the deadly 1665 plague. $4200.

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FINELY BOUND AUTOGRAPH EDITION OF BURROUGHS’ WRITINGS

BURROUGHS, John. Writings. Boston and New York, 1904-22. Twenty-three volumes. “Autograph Edition,” number 667 of only 750 copies signed by Burroughs and the publisher, additionally signed and inscribed by Burroughs, “This set of my books has been specially bound for John Jakob Raskob. John Burroughs Feb 18, 1916,” and has an autograph letter signed by Burroughs tipped into Volume I. $4000.

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“SOME PREPARATION FOR THE THOUGHT OF DARWIN”

BUFFON, Count de. Natural History. London, 1817. Two volumes.

1817 two-volume edition, of the first English translation of Buffon’s magnum opus, with the important translation of Scottish naturalist William Smellie, this corrected and enlarged edition also featuring Chambers’ History of Birds, Fishes, Reptiles and Insects, with frontispiece of Buffon in each volume, containing 52 beautiful hand-colored engravings, scarce in contemporary tree calf. $3800.

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“ONE OF THE FIRST TECHNOLOGICAL BOOKS OF MODERN TIMES”: FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF AGRICOLA’S DE RE METALLICA, INSCRIBED AND SIGNED BY TRANSLATOR HERBERT HOOVER

(HOOVER, Herbert) AGRICOLA, Georgius. De Re Metallica. London, 1912.

First edition in English of this lavishly illustrated landmark scientific work, “one of the first technological books of modern times,” translated, with annotations, by the 31st President of the United States, Herbert Hoover, and his wife, inscribed "Compliments of Herbert Hoover." With a program of the 1930 Fifty-sixth Annual Convention of the American Bankers Association, where President Hoover was the keynote speaker, signed by Hoover, laid in. $3800.

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EXCEPTIONAL PRESENTATION ASSOCIATION COPY OF SODDY’S THE INTERPRETATION OF THE ATOM

SODDY, Frederick. The Interpretation of the Atom. London, 1932.

First and only edition, presentation copy, of Frederick Soddy's second book on physics and radioactivity, with two folding tables and dozens of half-tones, inscribed on a tipped-in slip: "J. Joly Esq. F.R.S., Somerset House, Temple Road, Dublin. Thanks for the use of illustrations. FS. October 1932." $3200.

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INSCRIBED BY NOBEL PRIZE-WINNING CHEMIST FREDERICK SODDY

SODDY, Frederick. Isotopes. London, 1953.

First separate edition of Soddy's 1952 lecture to the Second Meeting of Nobel Prize Winners, inscribed on the front wrapper: "With the Author's Compliments-Frederick Soddy," and additionally labeled "Isotopes" in his hand. $3200.

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SCHIAPARELLI’S FIRST MAJOR WORK ON MARS, WITH FIVE PLATES

SCHIAPARELLI, Giovanni Virginio. Ossernazioni Astronomiche. Rome, 1878.

First appearance of Schiaparelli's first major work on the planet Mars, with five plates (one folding) of diagrams and illustrations, including a large folding map and a chromolithographic map of the surface of Mars. $3200.

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WITH OVER 900 WOOD ENGRAVINGS OF BRITISH BIRDS, FISHES AND REPTILES

YARRELL, William. History of British Fishes. WITH: A History of British Birds. WITH: Bell's British Reptiles. London, 1836, 1843, 1849. Together, six volumes. First editions of Yarrell's two great natural histories, together with the second edition of Bell's work on British reptiles, profusely illustrated with over 900 fine wood engravings, in handsome uniform morocco-gilt bindings by E. Riley & Son. $3200.

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"THE FIRST IMPORTANT ENGLISH HANDBOOK ON BIRTH CONTROL"

STOPES, Marie Carmichael. Contraception. London, 1923.

First edition of the first British textbook on the theory, history, and provision of birth control by birth control advocate and sexologist Marie Stopes, the author of Married Love, in very scarce original dust jacket. $3200.

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BY THE CO-WINNERS OF THE 2010 J.J. SAKURAI PRIZE FOR THEORETICAL PHYSICS

(HIGGS BOSON) GURALNIK, G.S., HAGEN, C.R., and KIBBLE, T.W.B. Global Conservation Laws and Massless Particles. New York, 16 November 1964.

First edition of this early and important paper in the search for the Higgs boson—a crucial theoretical particle that at the time of this paper's publication had just been named. The recent discovery of the Higgs boson means that one of the authors will be a strong candidate to be one of the traditional three to win the Nobel—along with Higgs himself, of course, and Francois Englert—for laying the theoretical groundwork with this paper. $3200.

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“EXTRAORDINARY ACHIEVEMENTS OF CENTRAL IMPORTANCE”

FARADAY, Michael. Experimental Researches in Chemistry and Physics. London, 1859.

First edition of Faraday's collected papers in chemistry and physics, documenting important discoveries from one of the world's greatest scientists, with three engraved plates (one folding). A fine copy in the original cloth. $2800.

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VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE DOCUMENTING SURVEYORS 2 AND 3

[NASA]. Lunar Surveyor Photo Archive. Los Angeles, 1965. Sixty-nine vintage black-and-white photographs documenting the assembly and transport of Surveyors 2 and 3, two of the spacecraft NASA used to scout lunar landing sites for the Apollo program. $2500.

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"A MUSEUM OF SKULLS… LARGER THAN ALL THE COLLECTION IN BRITISH PUBLIC MUSEUMS PUT TOGETHER"

DAVIS, Joseph Barnard. Crania Britannica. London, 1865. Two volumes.

First edition, with plate volume containing 60 full-page engraved plates of skulls on heavy stock, in addition to numerous in-text illustrations. A handsome copy. $2500.

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EINSTEIN'S SIDELIGHTS ON RELATIVITY, 1922 FIRST ENGLISH EDITION

EINSTEIN, Albert. Sidelights on Relativity. London, 1922.

First English edition of two of Einstein's lectures on "some of the fundamental ideas of Relativity and their relation to the older theories." A very nice copy in the original dust jacket. $2200.

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“A PIONEER WORK… WELL AHEAD OF ITS TIME”

JEVONS, William Stanley. Principles of Science. London, 1874. Two volumes.

First edition of Jevons’ seminal treatise on logic and the scientific method, with engraved illustration and detailed description of his “logical piano”—“the first logic machine with enough power to solve complicated problems with superhuman speed” (Hook & Norman). $2100.

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“THE UNDISPUTED FATHER OF MODERN ROCKETRY”

GODDARD, Robert H. Rockets. New York, 1946. First edition in book form of Goddard's two seminal papers on rocket fuel, proposing that liquid-fueled rocket propulsion could be used to attain escape velocity and thereby land a projectile on the moon. With portrait frontispiece and numerous photographic plates. $1850.

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INSCRIBED BY MARGARET SANGER

SANGER, Margaret. Autobiography. New York, 1938.

First edition of the Autobiography of Margaret Sanger, who spearheaded the movement for contraceptive rights, a memorable presentation/association copy inscribed by her, "To Dr. Maurice William, My friend and Coworker in many causes, Margaret Sanger Aug 27/45." $1800.

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WITH HUNDREDS OF WOOD-ENGRAVINGS OF ABORIGINAL LIFE BY THE DALZIEL BROTHERS

WOOD, J.G. Natural History of Man. London, 1868-70. Two volumes.

First edition of Wood’s popular anthropological study designed for “non-scientific minds,” with hundreds of magnificent full-page and in-text wood-engravings by the Dalziel Brothers. $1250.

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"WOMEN SHOULD HAVE LEGAL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS FOR THEMSELVES"

(CIVIL WAR) LIVERMORE, Mary. My Story of the War. Hartford, Connecticut, 1888.

First edition of Livermore's influential history of the life-saving efforts of women volunteers and army nurses in the Civil War, with 18 full-page steel-engraved illustrations, including eight striking chromolithographs of Civil War flags, a handsome copy in original gilt-stamped cloth. $850.

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GALTON'S LAW OF ANCESTRAL HEREDITY

GALTON, Francis. Average Contribution of Each Several Ancestor. London, 1897.

First edition of Galton's paper on genetics, attempting to prove his law of ancestral heredity, in the original July, 1897 issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Society in original wrappers. Though ultimately overturned by Mendelian genetics, Galton's theory—strongly influenced by his cousin Charles Darwin's belief that inheritance is conditioned by a blending mechanism—sparked contentious debate and stimulated further research into the important fields of heredity and genetics. $850.

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"BY THE INTELLIGENT USE OF BIRTH CONTROL A WOMAN TAKES INTO HER OWN HANDS THE POWER TO CONTROL NOT ONLY THE NUMBER OF CHILDREN SHE DESIRES TO HAVE, BUT THE TIMES AND SEASONS AT WHICH THEY ARE CONCEIVED"

STOPES, Marie Carmichael. Birth Control To-Day. London, 1934.

First edition of trailblazer Marie Stopes' practical guide to birth control, in scarce original dust jacket. $650.

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"A PIONEER IN THE STUDY OF GENETIC MUTATIONS"

AUERBACH, Charlotte, Ph.D., D.Sc. Genetics in the Atomic Age. Edinburgh and London, 1956.

First edition of a key work on genetic mutations by Auerbach—"one of the first scientists to understand the dangers of nuclear radiation"—with numerous full- and in-text illustrations, in original dust jacket. $450.

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“VERY SOON TELEVISION WOULD RELEGATE OUR PRESENT PROGRAMMES TO A POSITION ANALOGOUS TO SILENT FILMS”

CAMM, Frederick James. Newnes Television and Short-Wave Handbook. London, 1934.

First edition of this early history of television, “the missing link to complete home radio entertainment,” amply illustrated with 230 line cuts, diagrams, and photographs “dealing with every branch of television.” $300.

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