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"WE ARE HAVING UNFORGETTABLE DAYS IN PALESTINE. WITH THE SUN SHINING, IN CHEERFUL COMPANY"

EINSTEIN, Albert. Autograph postcard signed with original sketches. Near Jerusalem, circa February 5, 1923.

Extremely rare autograph postcard signed written by Einstein during his visit to Palestine—one of only a couple manuscript items from this visit known to exist—featuring a very rare self-portrait sketch by Einstein as well as a sketch of the traveling companion he mentions in his letter. Letter in German. $49,000.

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“THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT… IN THE HISTORY OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE”

DARWIN, Charles, FITZROY, Robert, and KING, Philip Barker. Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty's Ships Adventure and Beagle. London, 1839. Four volumes.

First edition of the account of the most famous voyage in the history of biological science and modern thought. Volume III is the first issue of Darwin's Journal, his first published book, containing the observations and fieldwork that form the basis for On the Origin of Species. $46,000.

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“THE GREATEST WORK IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE”

NEWTON, Isaac. Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. London, 1729. Two volumes.

First edition in English of Newton’s landmark Principia, published two years after his death, with scarce copper-engraved frontispieces and three headpieces by the translator Andrew Motte, 47 engraved folding geometric plates, and two folding tables. $39,500.

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“HAS EXERCISED AN INFLUENCE UPON THE HUMAN MIND GREATER THAN THAT OF ANY OTHER WORK EXCEPT THE BIBLE”

EUCLID. Elements of Geometrie. London, 1570.

Rare first edition in English, with John Dee’s important preface, allegorical woodcut title page by John Blagrave and Dee’s rare folding Groundplat. This copy with 38 of the original folding overslips (small hinged paper slips tipped onto in-text woodcut diagrams, of an original total of 60) on 29 (of 37) figures in Book XI, by their fragile nature often missing. $39,000.

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“IT IS POSSIBLE TO INVENT A SINGLE MACHINE WHICH CAN BE USED TO COMPUTE ANY COMPUTABLE SEQUENCE”

TURING, Alan Mathison. On Computable Numbers. London, November 30 and December 23, 1936 and April 22, 1937. Two volumes. First appearance of the concept of the universal computing machine, which would come to be known as a Turing machine: “it is possible to invent a single machine which can be used to compute any computable sequence.” Complete with the scarce “correction” or third part of this important paper, issued a year after the first two parts and often not present. $28,500.

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“NO OTHER ORNITHOLOGIST HAS EVER EXCEEDED THE MAGNITUDE AND SPLENDOR OF HIS FOLIO PUBLICATIONS”

GOULD, John. Monograph of the Pittidae. London, 1880. Two parts in one, Part I with plates and text, Part II text only, all published.

First edition of this lovely Gould monograph, with ten beautiful hand-colored plates, in original printed boards as issued. $22,000.

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SIGNED AND DATED BY EINSTEIN IN THE YEAR OF PUBLICATION, SCARCE 1950 EDITION OF MEANING OF RELATIVITY, 1950, WITH THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF HIS NEW GENERALIZED THEORY OF GRAVITATION, HAILED ON PUBLICATION AS “A MASTER KEY TO UNIVERSE” (NEW YORK TIMES)

EINSTEIN, Albert. The Meaning of Relativity. Princeton, 1950.

Third edition, containing the first publication of Einstein's new Generalized Theory of Gravitation (Appendix II), with substantial revisions to his quest for a unified theory that were viewed on publication as ranking "with the original appearance of the theory of relativity as a milestone of scientific achievement" (New York Times), an exceedingly scarce copy signed and dated by Einstein in the year of publication, "A. Einstein. 50." An exceptionally fine copy. $19,500.

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“THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND PERFECT SPECIMENS OF THE ART”:
AUDUBON’S QUADRUPEDS, THE 1860 LOCKWOOD EDITION

AUDUBON, John James and BACHMAN, John. Quadrupeds of North America. New York, 1860. Three volumes.

Handsome Lockwood octavo edition, illustrated with 155 magnificent hand-colored lithographic plates of American mammals from the polar bear to the buffalo. $19,000.

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"REVEALS AN ACCURACY FAR BEYOND ANYTHING THAT HAD YET BEEN PUBLISHED IN ANATOMICAL WORKS"

SIBSON, Francis. Medical Anatomy. London, 1869.

First edition of Sibson's splendid anatomy, with 21 lovely hand-colored folio lithographs by Hullmandel after drawings by William Fairland depicting the internal organs within the frame of the male and female torso—seen from front, sides and back—with plates 19 through 21 and the accompanying text notably describing the movements, structure and sounds of the heart. Beautifully bound. $16,500.

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MAXWELL’S TREATISE ON ELECTRICITY AND MAGNETISM, 1873

MAXWELL, James Clerk. A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism. Oxford, 1873. Two volumes.

First edition, first issue, of Maxwell’s most detailed and comprehensive work, advancing ideas that would become essential for modern physics, including the landmark hypothesis that light and electricity are the same in their ultimate nature. $16,000.

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"ONE OF THE MOST SIGNIFICANT MASTER'S THESES OF THE 20TH CENTURY" (BRITANNICA)

SHANNON, Claude. A Symbolic Analysis of Relay and Switching Circuits. New York, 1938.

First edition of Shannon's master's thesis demonstrating how Boolean algebra could simplify the arrangement of relays underlying automatic telephone exchanges—and suggesting, for the first time, the concept of using 0 and 1 as true/false values to allow arithmetic by relay circuits—a crucial work with applications for all digital circuits including those in computer technology, and winner of the Alfred Noble American Institute of American Engineers Award. $16,000.

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“THE MOST IMPORTANT SINGLE WORK IN SCIENCE”

DARWIN, Charles. On the Origin of Species. New York, 1860.

First American edition, first issue, of "certainly the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman)—the book that introduced the idea the world would come to know as "evolution"—published just one year after the London first edition. An exceptionally lovely unrestored copy. $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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"THE GREATEST WORK IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE"

NEWTON, Isaac. Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica. Amsterdam, 1723.

Second Amsterdam edition (the second continental printing), based upon the 1713 second edition, with the addition of the Analysis per Quantitatum Series, Fluxiones, ac Differentias: cum Enumeratione Linearum Tertii Ordinis, in contemporary paneled calf boards. $15,000.

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TEN SCIENTIFIC PAMPHLETS RESULTING FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL CRUISE OF 1938, SIX PRESENTATION COPIES INSCRIBED BY FDR

ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Ten Scientific Botanical and Zoological Pamphlets. Washington, 1939-42. Ten pamphlets.

First editions of these ten scientific pamphlets published as a result of collections and investigations made during Franklin D. Roosevelt's Presidential Cruise of 1938—six are presentation copies inscribed and signed "FDR" on the front wrapper. Five of these were presented by FDR to his friend and long-time colleague in combating polio, Basil "Doc" O'Connor. $12,500.

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"HIS INTELLECTUAL ENERGY WAS UNABATED"

HOBBES, Thomas. Decameron Physiologicum. London, 1678.

Rare first edition of Hobbes' final work, a "new set of dialogues on physical questions, in the fashion of the earlier ones, but now with a stroke added at Wallis' doctrine of gravitation," with large folding engraved plate of diagrams and three engraved diagrams in the text. An excellent copy in unrestored contemporary calf. $12,500.

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SIGNED BY EINSTEIN

EINSTEIN, Albert. Out of My Later Years. New York, 1950.

First edition of Einstein's second collection of social science-related articles, addresses, speeches, letters and papers covering the period before, during and after World War II, signed on the title page by him. $12,500.

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FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF INHIBITION, SYMPTOM AND ANXIETY, 1927, BOLDLY SIGNED AND DATED 1933 BY FREUD THE YEAR HE FLED HITLER

FREUD, Sigmund, Prof. Inhibition, Symptom and Anxiety. Stamford, Conn. 1927.

First edition in English of the major work that introduced Freud's radical new theory of anxiety, offering the "unmistakable ring of psychoanalytic truth; that is, no wish will be denied," boldly signed by Freud with his date of 1933, the year Hitler rose to power and Freud fled to London "to die in freedom." $12,000.

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“ONE OF AMERICA’S FIRST PERMANENT LITERARY AND INTELLECTUAL LANDMARKS”

JEFFERSON, Thomas. Notes on the State of Virginia. Philadelphia, 1788.

Rare first American edition of the only book-length work by Jefferson to be published in his lifetime, with a preface written expressly for this edition, a seminal work that “laid the foundations of Jefferson’s high contemporary reputation as a universal scholar and of his present fame as a pioneer American scientist,” with folding chart listing Indian tribes and eight full-page charts. An exceptional copy with a rare provenance featuring a gift inscription on the title page, “John Henry, the Gift of Colonel Willett,” exceedingly scarce in contemporary tree sheep. $12,000.

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“AMONG THE GREATEST OF FLOWER PAINTERS”

(RÉDOUTÉ, Pierre-Joseph) ROUSSEAU, Jean-Jacques. Botanique. Paris, 1821.

Second large quarto edition of this splendid early 19th-century botanical work, with 65 lovely stipple-engraved tissue-guarded plates by Rédouté (of flowers, fruit, etc.) and engraved by Bouquet, Chailly, Delelo, Gabriel, de Gouy, and others, printed in colors and finished by hand. $11,000.

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“ONE OF THE FOUNDERS OF MODERN ECONOMICS”

MALTHUS, T[homas] R[obert]. Essay on the Principle of Population. London, 1803.

Second and greatly expanded edition, the first to carry Malthus’ name, of one of the landmark works in economics—four times larger than the first edition and extremely important. Beautifully bound. $11,000.

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FOUR SCIENTIFIC OFFPRINTS ON DNA, EACH SIGNED BY FRANCIS CRICK

CRICK, Francis. Four Scientific American offprints signed. San Francisco, California, 1954-66. Four offprints.

First offprint editions of four articles on DNA by Francis Crick originally published in Scientific American, each signed on the front wrapper by Francis Crick, with The Structure of the Hereditary Material additionally signed on the first page of text. $10,500.

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“THE GRANDFATHER OF AUSTRALIAN ORNITHOLOGY”

LATHAM, John. General History of Birds. Winchester, 1821-28. Eleven volumes.

First edition of this comprehensive and systematic study “of every new discovery in ornithology,” illustrated with 193 hand-colored copperplate engravings by Latham himself, handsomely bound by Mackenzie. $9800.

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“WHEN THE RAIN HAS WET THE KITE AND TWINE, SO THAT IT CAN CONDUCT THE ELECTRIC FIRE FREELY, YOU WILL FIND IT STREAM OUT PLENTIFULLY FROM THE KEY”

(FRANKLIN, Benjamin). Collection of Franklin Extracts. London, 1751-73. Collection of 11 scientific papers extracted from the pages of the Royal Society's venerable journal, Philosophical Transactions, many authored by or addressed to Benjamin Franklin, on the subject of electricity—including Franklin's account of his famous "Philadelphia experiment" with kite and key. A fascinating archive of primary sources. $9500.

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“HEAVENLY CHAOS”: RARE FIRST EDITION OF VAUGHAN’S HISTORY OF MAGIC, MAGIA ADAMICA, 1650, PUBLISHED UNDER HIS PSEUDONYM, EUGENIUS PHILALETHES, TOGETHER IN ONE VOLUME WITH RARE FIRST EDITION OF HIS MA’N-MOUSE, 1650, REFUTING CHARGES OF ILL-FOUNDED ALCHEMY

PHILALETHES, Eugenius (pseudonym of VAUGHAN, Thomas). Magia Adamica. WITH: Ma’n-Mouse. London, 1650. Together in one volume.

First edition of Eugenius Philalethes’ (Thomas Vaughan’s) rare history of magic—Vaughan “is never more erudite than here” (Henderson)—together in one volume with the rare first edition of the same year’s Ma’n-Mouse, Vaughan’s angry response to charges of delusional alchemy, two major works by the controversial 17th-century thinker who influenced 19th-century occultists and is recently seen as expressive of “the Vitalist movement of the 1650s and early modern advances in chemistry” (Encyclopedia of English Renaissance Literature). Beautifully bound. $9000.

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FROM ABERVADINE TO ZERDA

MARTYN, William Frederic. New Dictionary of Natural History. London, 1785. Two volumes.

First edition of Martyn’s illustrated dictionary of natural history, with 100 splendid hand-colored plates of birds, fish, whales and other animals. A beautiful copy of this scarce work in contemporary tree calf. $9000.

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EXCEPTIONAL FIRST PUBLICATION OF TURING’S GROUND-BREAKING DOCTORAL THESIS ON LOGIC

TURING, A.M. Systems of Logic Based on Ordinals IN: Proceedings of the London Mathematical Society. London, 1939.

First publication of Turing's critically important PhD thesis presenting the possibility of avoiding Gödel's incompleteness theorem by introducing systems of logic obtained from one another by transfinite iteration. $8800.

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SMYTH, Henry DeWolf. A General Account of the Development of Methods of Using Atomic Energy. Washington, 1945.

Rare 1945 lithoprint of the Smyth Report on the creation of the atom bomb, preceding the first published version, signed by Henry DeWolf Smyth on the title page, complete and in original wrappers, one of only 1000 copies printed, accompanied by the Offprint from the Princeton University Library Chronicle with Smyth's account of the production of this historic lithoprint. $8500.

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DRAMATIC COLLAGE OF 1960S LUNAR PHOTOGRAPHY

(NASA). Collage of lunar photographs. No place, circa 1966. Large and compelling collage of 25 vintage lunar photographs, offering detailed views of the Moon’s cratered surface, handsomely framed. $8500.

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"JUSTLY ESTEEMED ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE AMONGST THE ANCIENTS"

CELSUS, Aulus Cornelius. (GREIVE, James). A. Cornelius Celsus Of Medicine. London, 1756. Scarce first edition in English, Greive's "fine and scholarly" translation (DNB) of "the greatest medical treatise from ancient Rome." $8000.

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“A DELIGHTFUL WORK VERY CAREFULLY DRAWN AND COLORED AND AN EARLY EXAMPLE OF THE SUCCESSFUL USE OF LITHOGRAPHY”

ANONYMOUS. Ten (i.e. Forty) Lithographic Coloured Flowers. Edinburgh, 1826-28. Four parts in one.

First edition of this splendid celebration of flora, boasting 40 magnificent, hand-colored botanical plates—"a delightful work, very carefully drawn and colored… An early example of the successful use of lithography," a beautiful copy from the library at Hawthornden, the ancestral home of an original subscriber as well as celebrated Scots poet William Drummond. Beautifully bound by Bayntun-Riviere in full straight-grain morocco gilt. $8000.

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“THE MOST COMPLETE WORK OF ITS KIND… A PRODUCTION OF UNRIVALLED INTEREST AND BEAUTY”

MICHAUX, F. Andrew. The North American Sylva. WITH: Nuttall’s Continuation. Philadelphia, 1859. Altogether, five volumes.

Lovely early edition of Michaux’s landmark work and its continuation by Nuttall, illustrated with a total of 277 splendid hand-colored plates. A beautiful set in full publisher’s morocco. $8000.

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“FEW MEN HAVE HAD A MORE MARKED INFLUENCE UPON THE RISING INTELLECT OF THE TIME”

MILL, John Stuart. System of Logic, Ratiocinative and Inductive. London, 1843. Two volumes.

First edition of a classic text on logic by John Stuart Mill—"Britain's most important philosopher in the 19th century"—one of only 750 copies printed. $8000.

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“ONE OF THE FINEST SCIENTIFIC TRAVEL BOOKS EVER WRITTEN”

WALLACE, Alfred Russel. Malay Archipelago. London, 1869. Two volumes.

First edition of Wallace's classic account of his journey to the Malay Archipelago, "on the basis of artistic format, literary style, and scientific merit, clearly one of the finest scientific travel books ever written" (DSB). $7800.

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HEISENBERG’S UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE: THE BASIS FOR A NEW SCIENTIFIC LANGUAGE

HEISENBERG, Werner. Über den anschaulichen Inhalt. Berlin, 1927.

First appearance of Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, setting absolute limits on human knowledge and redefining the study of subatomic particles. $7500.

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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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FIRST EDITION OF BURTON’S SCARCE FALCONRY IN THE VALLEY OF THE INDUS

BURTON, Richard F. Falconry in the Valley of the Indus. London, 1852. First edition of “one of the earliest of Burton’s books of travel” (Abbey), one of only 500 copies, with four full-page lithographic plates (including frontispiece), in original blind-stamped cloth. $7000.

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“VERY FIRST GENERAL TREATISE ON PHOTOGRAPHY”

HUNT, Robert. A Popular Treatise on the Art of Photography, including Daguerreotype. Glasgow, 1841. First edition of Hunt’s landmark photographic work, with 29 in-text illustrations and frontispiece featuring one of the earliest representations of a negative print. $6500.

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“THE FIRST PSYCHIATRIC ENCYCLOPEDIA”

BURTON, Robert. The Anatomy of Melancholy. Oxford, 1638.

Desirable 1638 fifth edition of Burton's masterpiece, "one of the most popular books of the 17th century," with engraved allegorical title page. Beautifully bound. $6200.

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1717 TREATISE ON THE HORSE WITH SUBERB FOLDING PLATES

SOLLEYSEL, Jacques de. Compleat Horseman. London, 1717. Two volumes in one. Second edition in English of this important work on the horse and horsemanship, translated by Sir William Hope from the original French, with six folding engraved plates, and engraved frontispiece portrait. $5800.

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“THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM PHANTASIES AND DON’T WANT TO BE CURED”

JUNG, Carl. Typed letter signed. Zurich, May 11, 1955.

Intriguing typed letter signed by Jung to an American correspondent answering a request to sign books, and also discussing Napoleon, theosophists, and the “many people suffering from phantasies” who “don’t want to be cured.” $5500.

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“A STANDARD PART OF ALL SUBSEQUENT COMMERCIAL APPLICATIONS”

MOIVRE, A[braham] de. Annuities upon Lives. London, 1725.

First edition of de Moivre’s historic study of annuities and mortality statistics, a pioneering influence on life insurance by a valued contemporary of Newton, containing numerous calculations, along with Halley’s “Table of Observations” and de Moivre’s Annuity table, complete with errata, in contemporary calf. $5500.

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"THE BOOK IS HANDSOMELY PRINTED, AND THE PLATES ARE FINELY EXECUTED FROM DRAWINGS BY EHRET"

(BARBADOS) HUGHES, Griffith. The Natural History of Barbados. London, 1750.

First edition of this important work on the flora and fauna of Barbados, with folding map of the island by Thomas Jefferys and 30 folio engraved plates, 12 after renowned botanical artist G.D. Ehret, one of the greatest botanical painters of the 18th century. $5500.

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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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1781 EDITION OF BUFFON’S NATURAL HISTORY IN THE FIRST ENGLISH TRANSLATION, IN HANDSOME CONTEMPORARY TREE CALF

BUFFON, Count de. Natural History. London and Edinburgh, 1781. Eight volumes. Early edition of the first English translation of Buffon’s magnum opus, published in the same year as the first edition, translated and annotated by Scottish naturalist William Smellie, illustrated with 301 copperplate engravings, including two folding maps, one folding diagram, and frontispiece portrait of Buffon. In handsome contemporary tree calf bindings. $4800.

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FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST TWELVE VOLUMES OF OSIRIS

SARTON, George, editor. Osiris. Bruges, 1936-1956. Twelve volumes.

First edition of the first twelve volumes of this important journal focusing on the history of science from ancient mathematics to alchemy in the Middle Ages to Indian astronomy. $4800.

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HOUGH’S AMERICAN WOODS, WITH 237 FINE MOUNTED WOOD SAMPLES

HOUGH, Romeyn B. American Woods. Lowville, New York, 1888-92. Three volumes.

First editions of the first three volumes of Hough’s monumental compendium of American woods, with 237 wood samples mounted on cards. $4800.

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“MEN GO MAD IN HERDS”

MACKAY, Charles. Memoirs of Extraordinary Popular Delusions. London, 1852. Two volumes.

Second edition of this important, entertaining and influential early study of crowd behavior, subsequently used to explore popular psychology and to chart the stock market, with numerous wood-engraved illustrations and painstakingly extra-illustrated with dozens of black-and-white and color engravings of places and personalities mentioned in the text, handsomely bound in three-quarter morocco gilt. $4700.

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“A LION HAD BEEN PROWLING AROUND US DURING THE NIGHT”

JAMES, Frank Linsly. Unknown Horn of Africa. London, 1888.

First edition, with 23 full-page plates (eight finely hand-colored) of animals, birds, plants and tribal practices, and a large folding map of Province Ogadayn (1885) in rear pocket. $4600.

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THE SHAPLEY VALUE

(SHAPLEY, Lloyd; VON NEUMANN, John, et al.) KUHN, H.W.; TUCKER, A.W.; LUCE, R.D.; DRESHER, M.; WOLFE, P. (Editors). Contributions to the Theory of Games. Volumes I-IV. Princeton, 1950, 1953, 1957, 1959. Four volumes.

First editions of the complete run of this important Game Theory journal, with significant contributions from Lloyd Shapley, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize in Economics, including his landmark 1953 paper “A Value for n-person Games.” Also with contributions by Von Neumann, Gale, Harsanyi and others who have been instrumental in shaping Game Theory since its inception. $4500.

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