FIRST EDITION OF THE DOUBLE HELIX
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. $1500.
First edition of Watson’s controversial personal account of the discovery of DNA.
"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 "First Edition" on copyright page. Containing numerous in-text illustrations, facsimiles and full-page photogravures.
Dust jacket price-clipped. Only very mild toning to upper edge of cloth. A very nearly fine copy.