FIRST EDITION OF THE DOUBLE HELIX, INSCRIBED BY FRANCIS CRICK AND SIGNED BY JAMES WATSON
(CRICK, Francis) WATSON, James D. The Double Helix. A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA. New York: Atheneum, 1968. Octavo, original blue cloth, original dust jacket.
First edition of Watson's controversial personal account of the DNA discovery, inscribed on the title page: "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, winner of the 1965 Nobel Prize for Physics). 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.