New York: Charles B. Norton, 1853. Hardcover. Second Edition. 216, 21,  pp. Folio. 33 engraved plates + engraved portrait of author at the Preface. Red publisher's binding with gold embossed maritime-themed design of ships, anchors, and seahorses on the front and rear boards, gold titling to spine. Bumping to corners with small cloth losses, overall scuffing and minor soiling. All edges gilt. Previous owner's name in ink on first free endpaper. Foxing throughout this volume, impacting both text and illustrations. Good.
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London: John Stockdale, 1800. Three Quarter Leather. First Edition. xxxi, , 579,  pp. 8vo. Recent brown three quarter leather binding with four raised bands and green patch titles with gold titling; marbled paper insets to front and rear covers. Light toning to pages, 14 plates called for and present.
Early biography of Catharine the Great, translated from the French. Very Good.
Paris: Chez Pillet Aine, 1824. Half Leather. Second Edition. 437, 395 pp. 8vo. Navy marbled boards backed with navy leather spines. Four raised bands to spines, gold embossed titles and decorative insets. Spines are a bit worn at ends - Volume II a bit more than Volume I. All corners are rubbed revealing board underneath, edges have some rubbing. Marble-patterned endpapers with each volume sporting an armorial bookplate on front pastedown. There are a few penciled notations on first fly. Both volumes are tight, with occasional foxing and some light soil. A rare set of historically important books. Text in French.
Rochambeau was sent with the French troops to assist the American forces during the Revolutionary War. Bookplates state "from the estate of William P....
London: J. Bell, 1787. Full Leather. As. 502, 522, 511,482 pp. 24mo. Black & white frontispiece portrait. Each volume has a black & white title page vignette. Subtitle to Vol. 1: "From the text of Mr. Upton, etc. With the life of the author......Printed under the direction of J. Bell, British Library, Strand, Bookseller to His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales." Brown calf covers have inside gilt dentelles, gilt bands and star design on spine with title blocks in red leather on spine. All volumes show some wear at hinges, but in no case is binding compromised. All have lightly bumped corners. Each has a bookplate pasted on front pastedown which has ghosted a bit to first free enedpaper. The armorial bookplates belonged to...
Paris: Fortin, Masson, 1842. Wraps. First Edition. 512 pp. 8vo. Half leather binding with brown leather spine with gold embossed titling and paper patterned boards. Wear and losses to leather at head and foot of spine, losses at hinges. Marbled endpapers, clean within, slight darkening to folding plate of illustrations tipped in at rear.
First published account of Carlo Matteucci's (1811-1868) experiment in which he discovers that each heartbeat of a frog is accompanied by an electrical signal. This discovery eventually forms the basis for electrocardiography (EKG). Figures 1 & 2 of dissected frog legs on folding plate at rear help to illustrate the theory. Very Good.
Paris: Fortin, Masson, 1842. Wraps. First Edition. 257-384 pp. 8vo. Brown paper wraps with chipping at edges but remarkably clean and intact given the age. Interior clean with many sheets uncut. Encased in custom cloth and leather pamphlet case.
First published account in original wraps of Carlo Matteucci's (1811-1868) experiment in which he discovers that each heartbeat of a frog is accompanied by an electrical signal. This discovery eventually forms the basis for electrocardiography (EKG). Figures 1 & 2 of dissected frog legs on folding plate at rear help to illustrate the theory. Very Good.
Berlin, Germany: Julius Springer, 1935. Three Quarter Leather. First Edition. xix, 870, 12 pp. 4to. Three quarter leather binding with black corners and spine, gold embossed titling to spine, gray cloth inset into front and rear covers. Clean and crisp within.
Erwin Schrödinger (1887-1961) proposed the Schrödinger's Cat thought experiment in this paper. Schrödinger used the thought experiment to illustrate what he saw as the problem of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics when applied to everyday objects. In the course of developing this thought experiment, Schrödinger also coined the term “Verschränkung” (“entanglement”). Very Good.
New York: Leonard Scott Publishing Company, 1867. Three Quarter Leather. First Edition. 282, 282 pp. 4to. Three quarter leather binding with light tan corners and spine, gold embossed titling on dark black and dark red patches, five raised bands. Marbled paper insets to front and rear boards, marbled endpapers. Clean within.
Fleeming Jenkin (1833-1885) was an English engineer and scientist who discovered and exposed an error in Darwin's statement of his Theory of Evolution. Not knowing about genetics, Darwin believed that evolution took place through the "blending" of inherited characteristics. Jenkin showed that this blending would lead to the inability of individual mutations to survive in the population. Very Good.
Amsterdam, Netherlands: Pierre Mortier, 1737. Full Leather. As. Vol. I: , 136, -323; Vol. II: -696, -124 pp. 16mo. Contemporary brown leather bindings with gold embossed decoration to spine, five raised bands, dark brown title patches with gold embossed titling. Wear and rubbing but quite supple for their age.
Milestone papers in the history of electricity. Through his four papers contained within Dufay explains his discovery of two kinds of electricity and the relation between them, attraction and repulsion, shocks and sparking, and the full recognition of electrostatic repulsion. Dufay formulates the two-fluid theory of electricity. He further showed that "not all bodies can become electrified themselves" (by friction) and went on to show, "that they can all acquire a considerable (electrical) virtue when the...
Braunschweig & Berlin, Germany: Friedr. Vieweg & Sohn/Julius Springer, 1922, 1923, 1924. First Edition.  pp. 8vo. Marbled paper covered boards with gold embossed title on green leather patch affixed to front board. Clean within. Title pages for each extract also bound in.
In 1922, Russian mathematician Alexander Alexandrovich Friedmann [or Friedman] (1888-1925) developed solutions to Einstein’s general relativity field equations under the simplifying (but realistic) assumption that the universe is “homogeneous and isotropic,” meaning that at large scales, the universe looks the same from every location (homogeneous) and in every direction (isotropic). Friedmann found that his solutions depended on just two parameters: Omega, the average density of matter and energy in the universe, and Lambda, the vacuum energy associated with empty space (the cosmological...
Leipzig: Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1916. Wraps. First Edition. 64 pp. 8vo. Light brown paper wraps with mild spotting, lower right corner of cover and text block has a light stain through p. 7. Previous owner's signature in ink at upper right corner of title page. Quite clean overall. "Druck von Metzer & Wittig in Leipzig" on verso of title page as well as "Metzger & Wittig, Leipzig" on rear cover at base of ads that list publications only of 1916 and prior, unlike later printings.
The first separate edition of Einstein's Theory of Relativity, which Einstein developed and revised between 1905 and 1915. Not an offprint of the article published in Annalen der Physik 49 which was often believed, but a separate publication with revisions...
New York: Armed Services, Inc., 1944. Wraps. First Edition. Second Printing, 1946. 128 pp. 32mo. Light wear and scuffing to covers, sunning to spine. Armed Services Edition #1016.
E. B. White's third book, and one co-authored with James Thurber who also provided the illustrations. First published in 1929, this edition was reprinted on numerous occasions. This unabridged edition was published by the Armed Services in 1944 with the number identifier M-2 [Hall A3]. Armed Services, Inc. reprinted it again in 1946 but with the number identifier #1016. From the Estate of Joel (1930-1997) & Allene White. Very Good.
Sea Cliff, NY: The Absolute Sound, 1973-2005. Wraps. First Edition. 147 issues, missing #5, 133, 140, & 144. Issues progressed over time from stapled 8vo size to its fourth size iteration in 1999 as a standard magazine 4to. This run of 147 issues is in Very Good to Fine condition overall with a few tears to issues here and there are losses to the front of issue #56 and rear of issue #57, as well as the front of that same issue and rear of issue #58 where they stuck together in storage. Issue #151 has a permanent "Courtesy of..." sticker on the front cover. Interiors clean and crisp. Will require additional postage due to weight of set.
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Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1951. First Edition. 68 pp. 12mo. Light scuffing to dust jacket. Small tears at head and foot, browning to spine from sun, now in mylar cover. Red cloth covered boards with gold embossed titling to spine. Previous owner's name in ink on front pastedown, quite small. Clean within.
Discussion of causality in physics by the Nobel Laureate Erwin Schrödinger.
London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1876. Full Leather. First Edition. xiii, , 403 pp. 8vo. Full red leather bindings with five raised bands at spine. Gold titling to spine, remaining compartments between bands decorated with gold embossed illustrations of a horse and rider jumping a gate, horseshoe, polo hat and mallet, hunting horn and fox head. Two gold line borders surround front and rear boards, gold lines on board edges, creasing along hinge of front and rear boards that has lost a small amount of the leather's surface color; gold line borders to pastedowns with horseshoes embossed on foredge corners. Interiors clean and crisp within and with original cloth covers bound in at rear. Illustrated with 10 color plates with tissue guards and 3 woodcuts...
Sauvage, Sylvain. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1937. Hardcover. Limited Edition. First Limited Editions Club Edition. viii, 190 pp. 4to. Green cloth board with an illustration of two main characters on cover board, titling in gold to cover and spine. Clean and crisp within. Black paper covered slipcase in Good condition with some chipping and losses at spine and top joint, original paper label on spine.
Designed by Edward A. Miller and illustrated by Sylvain Sauvage. Produced in an edition of 1500 copies, this is copy #1478 and signed by Sylvain Sauvage at the colophon. Very Good.
Covarrubias, Miguel. New York: The Limited Editions Club, 1935. Hardcover. Limited Edition. First Limited Editions Club Edition. xxviii, 409, pp. 4to. Textured beige cloth boards that resebles south pacific tapa cloth with green and brown printed titling to spine. Clean and crisp within. Paper covered slipcase in Very Good condition with very little wear, South Pacific influenced graphic design that complements book's spine title.
Designed by John S. Fass and illustrated by Miguel Covarrubias. Produced in an edition of 1500 copies, this is copy #1478 and signed by Miguel Covarrubias at the colophon. Very Good.
Boston, MA: Time Magazine, 1945. Half Leather. First Edition. 144 pp. Folio. Light wear overall, clean and crisp within.
A condensed version of Vannevar Bush's (1890-1974) Atlantic Monthly article of July 1945 in which Bush describes his proposed "Memex" system for organizing, storing, retrieving and linking information - a collective memory machine based on the image of the mind. The original paper has been credited with originating the idea of hypertext and the World Wide Web. This publication would have reached an even broader audience than the Atlantic Monthly edition with Life Magazine being the highest circulation magazine at the time. Very Good.
Lancaster, PA: The American Physical Society, 1954. Wraps. First Edition. 242 pp. 4to. Green paper wraps that are clean and crisp. Spine tastefull repaired with all printing sharp and visible.
Yang–Mills theory that has been called “the most important cornerstone of theoretical physics.” Gauge theory was extended to non-Abelian groups by the seminal work of the American physicist Chen-Ning Yang. Very Good.
London: Taylor and Francis, 1893. Three Quarter Leather. First Edition. vii, , 556 pp. 8vo. 9 plates, all folding. Original three quarter leather binding with gold lines and titling to spine, call number at base of spine in white ink indicates ex-library. Considerable wear and scuffing to the covers, losses at head and foot of spine and corners of boards, spine leather has separated from front board at hinge, cover still tight to text block.
Joseph J. Thomson's (1856-1940) paper describing the physics of droplet formation published three years before Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869-1959) published this first paper on the cloud chamber which he is credited with inventing and resulted in his 1927 Nobel Prize in Physics. Thomson's work on the conductivity of electricity...
London: Taylor and Francis, 1867. Three Quarter Leather. First Edition. ix, , 553, xlvii pp. 8vo. Recent brown leather spine with five raised bands, gold embossed titling, marble insets to front boards. Ex-Library stamp on title page and throughout volume.
C. W. Siemens (1823-1883) and Charles Wheatstone (1802-1875) announce their independent inventions of the dynamo in back-to-back papers. Also contains the abstract of James Clerk Maxwell's (1831-1879) famous gas theory, published the year before his full paper on the topic, pp. 369-372. Very Good.
London: Taylor and Francis, 1890. Three Quarter Leather. First Edition. vii, , 524 pp. 8vo. 10 plates, 8 folding. Rebound in an exquisite three quarter leather binding with brown leather spine with four raised bands, gold embossed titling on black leather patch titles, marbled paper insets to cover boards. Only indication of ex-library status is ink stamps on the title page. Very clean within.
Swedish physicist Johannes Rydberg (1854-1919) developed the first mathematical formula for the spectral lines of hydrogen atom (and other atoms or ions with only one electron). Rydberg’s insight came from using “wavenumber” (the inverse of the wavelength) in his calculations. He plotted the wavenumbers of the spectral lines against integers in different series and found that the resulting curves had similar...
London: Taylor and Francis, 1928. Three Quarter Leather. First Edition. ix, 1272 pp. 8vo. 21 Plates. In original brown buckram full cloth binding with gold embossed titling to spine. Only indication of ex-library status is a blind embossed library stamp on the title page and the checkout slip pasted to the last free endpaper. Very clean within.
“Hubble’s Law” is the linear relationship between the velocity with which distant celestial objects are receding from us and their distance from us. It is named Hubble’s law because American astronomer Edwin Powell Hubble was the first to convincingly demonstrate this law and illustrate it clearly with a chart. Hubble was not the first to consider a linear relationship between velocity and distance. A few others preceded him.....
Northfield, MN: Goodsell Observatory of Carleton College, 1914. Wraps. First Edition. , -330, ; -390,  pp. Light gray paper wraps with minor browning to edges, fraying and chipping along spine, ink library stamp on cover of each volume. Clean within.
The Hertzsprung–Russell diagram (or H-R diagram) is a scatter diagram showing the relationship between the intrinsic luminosity (brightness) of stars and their temperatures (as indicated by their “spectral type” or color). The diagram presents stellar evolution--a star begins its life in one place on the chart and moves across the chart during its lifetime. The H-R relationship was discovered independently by Einer Herzsprung and Henry Norris Russell. This two part paper contains a presentation by Russell on his research and H-R diagram. Very Good.