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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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“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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"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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“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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"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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“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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