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  • NEWTON ,ISAAC

    Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica. London: for the Royal Society by Joseph Streater, 1687

    First edition of Isaac Newton’s Principia, “generally described as the greatest work in the history of science” (PMM). This is an excellent, entirely unrestored copy of the first state with the preferred two-line imprint.

    $850,000

  • WATSON, JAMES D. & FRANCIS CRICK

    “Molecular structure of nucleic acids. A structure of deoxyribose nucleic acid.” Offprint from: Nature Vol. 171 (April 25, 1953). London, 1953

    FIRST EDITION, THE RARE OFFPRINT. Signed by Watson and Crick. This volume is also inscribed and signed by Maurice Wilkins and Alec R. Stokes, co-authors of the second paper with H R. Wilson. Wilkins shared the 1962 Nobel Prize in Medicine with Watson and Crick.

    $95,000

  • VON NEUMANN ,JOHN, ET AL

    Ergebnisse eines mathematischen Kolloquiums, unter Mitwirkung Kurt Gödel und George Nobeling. Herausgegen von Kurt Menger. Heft 1-8.. Leipzig & Berlin: B. G. Teubner and F. Deuticke, [1931-1937].

    A rare complete run of first editions of the proceedings of the celebrated Vienna Colloquium.

    $55,000

  • (DARWIN, CHARLES.) CAMERON, JULIA MARGARET

    Portrait of Charles Darwin, signed by Darwin and by Cameron. Cameron, [1868]

    THE ICONIC PORTRAIT OF CHARLES DARWIN, boldly signed by Charles Darwin and by Julia Margaret Cameron.

    $48,000

  • WATSON, JAMES D. & Andrew Berry

    DNA The Secret of Life. [New York: Knopf, 2003.]

    Presentation copy inscribed by James Watson to Francis Crick and his wife: “For Francis and Odile from Jim 27 November 2002.” This is the dedication copy, with the printed dedication stating “To Francis Crick.”

    two items: $45,000

  • VON BRAUN, WERNHER

    Original drawing, “3-Stage Satellite Vehicle (pitch plane)” signed and dated 1952. [Huntsville, Alabama, 1952.]

    his is an original signed drawing of a space ship by Wernher von Braun, the father of the American space program. He made this drawing for his landmark Colliers series “Man Will Conquer Space Soon” (1952-54), which played a central role in inspiring a generation of rocket scientists and convincing the public of the possibility of space exploration. These essays covered seemingly every aspect of manned space flight and anticipated many developments including the enormous multi-stage vertical launch vehicle (to become Saturn V), a horizontal landing space ferry (the Space Shuttle), an orbiting space station, a lunar landing, the establishment of a base on the moon, and ultimately a manned expedition to Mars.

    $45,000

  • GODDARD, ROBERT H

    Autograph manuscript diagrams and text. [n.p., n.d.],

    Goddard (1882-1945), the “father of modern rocket propulsion,” launched the world’s first liquid-propellant rocket on March 16, 1926, at Auburn, Massachusetts, a “feat as epochal in history as that of the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk” (NASA). Goddard had a rare genius for invention and these notes suggest the endless refinement necessary to create a dependable, operational rocket engine.

    $45,000

  • WRIGHT, WILBUR

    Experiments and Observations in Soaring Flight. Offprint from: Journal of the Western Society of Engineers 8 [misprinted “III” on front wrapper], no. 4 (August, 1903). [Chicago], [1903]

    FIRST EDITION, offprint issue. Presentation copy with the stamp of the Wrights’ advisor, mentor, and chief promoter, aviation pioneer Octave Chanute. Chanute was the most important figure in aviation from 1890 to 1910

    $44,000

  • DARWIN, CHARLES

    Autograph Letter Signed [to Henry Denny]. Down, Kent, June 1, [1844]

    VERY EARLY DARWIN INVESTIGATION OF THE RACES OF MAN. In 1834 Darwin heard that head lice vary among the races of man while on the voyage of the Beagle. In his Beagle zoological diary he wrote, “Mr Martial, a surgeon of an English Whaler assures me that the Lice of the Sandwich Islanders … if they strayed to the bodies of the English in 3 or 4 days died … If these facts were verified their interest would be great.— Man springing from one stock according his varieties having different species of parasites.— It leads one into many reflections.” Intrigued by the implications of this observation, Darwin began collecting specimens for further research.

    $27,500

  • ARMSTRONG ,NEIL

    Typed letter signed to Dr. Joseph F. Rorke.. Houston, NASA, 15 January 1970.

    In this historic letter Armstrong details the history of the Apollo XI in-flight cancellation of the “First Man on the Moon” stamp and of the die famously carried to the moon by Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins

    $27,000