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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 and allegorical woodcut title page by John Blagrave. This copy with 48 of the original 60 folding overslips (small hinged paper slips tipped onto in-text woodcut diagrams) accompanying figures in Book XI, by their fragile nature often missing. $55,000.

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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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“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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“A POWERFUL INFLUENCE ON ALL SUBSEQUENT THOUGHT ON MAN’S PLACE IN NATURE”

TYSON, Edward M.D. Orang-Outang: or the Anatomy of a Pygmie. London, 1699.

First edition of Tyson's "epoch-making" anatomical study that laid a foundation for the theory of evolution, "the first work to demonstrate scientifically the structural relationships between man and anthropoid ape" (Norman), heralded as a "forerunner of Blumenbach, Buffon, Huxley and Darwin" (PMM), with eight striking copper-engraved folding plates. A handsome wide-margined volume in contemporary paneled calf boards. $18,500.

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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 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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"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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“THE MOST IMPORTANT SINGLE WORK IN SCIENCE”: SECOND EDITION OF DARWIN’S ORIGIN OF SPECIES

DARWIN, Charles. On the Origin of Species. London, 1860.

Second edition, second issue, as always (the first issue known in only a few copies), of "certainly the most important biological book ever written" (Freeman), published less than two months after the first edition. $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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