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  • ADAMS ,JOHN COUCH

    An Explanation of the Observed Irregularities in the Motion of Uranus, on the Hypothesis of Disturbances caused by a more Distant Planet. London: Published by the Society, 1847.

    The discovery of Neptune is highlighted by two singular features: that its existence was correctly surmised on a theoretical prediction, and the contention between its contemporaneous discoverers, British astronomer John Adams and French mathematician Urbain Le Verrier.

    $1,500

  • WHITMAN, WALT

    Leaves of Grass. Boston: Osgood, 1881-82

    First printing of the 7th edition of Leaves of Grass

    $1,500

  • (STATUE OF LIBERTY)

    Liberty’s Torch in Madison Square Park. no publisher, negative ca. 1876, made from a print, late 19th century.

    The torch of the Statue of Liberty was exhibited in Madison Square Park, New York to raise funds for the statue’s completion.  The torch remained in the park from 1876 through 1882.

    $1,200

  • WHITMAN, WALT

    Good-Bye My Fancy. 2d Annex to Leaves of Grass. Good-Bye My Fancy. 2d Annex to Leaves of Grass, 1891

    FIRST EDITION. This form of Good-Bye My Fancy is not in Myerson.

    $1,200

  • WALLACE, ALFRED RUSSEL

    Studies Scientific and Social. London: Macmillan, 1900

    First edition. In the preface Wallace states that these essays represent his “more important” articles published in periodicals from 1865 to 1899. He notes, “Many of these are connected with the modern theory of evolution, others with important geological and physical questions … I have, whenever possible, introduced copious illustrations, and this has led me in many cases so to modify and enlarge the original article as to render it a new piece of work. Those which did not lend themselves to illustration have received a careful revision.”

    $1,200

  • GILES, HERBERT

    Chinese Sketches. London: Trubner, 1876

    FIRST EDITION. Sinologist Herbert A. Giles began his distinguished career was a British diplomat in China. There he wrote these literary and historical sketches to show that, contrary to prevailing Western views, “the Chinese are a hardworking, sober, and happy people, occupying an intermediate place between the wealth and culture, the vice and misery of the West.” Giles later became professor of Chinese at Cambridge for thirty-five years.

    $1,200

  • EINSTEIN, ALBERT

    “Theorie der Lichterzeugung und Lichtabsorption” [and] “Prinzip von der Erhaltung der Schwerpunktsbewegung und die Trägheit der Energie” in Annalen der Physik, 4. Folge, Band 20. Leipzig, 1906

    FIRST EDITION of “On the Theory of Light Production and Light Absorption” and “The Principle of Conservation of Motion of the Center of Gravity and the Inertia of Energy.”

    $1,200

  • ORWELL, GEORGE

    Animal Farm. New York: Harcourt, Brace, (c.1946)

    FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. The American edition omits the sub-title “A Fairy Story.”

    This is an advance review copy with the ink stamp on the upper cover: “Review copy publication date Aug 26 1946 Price $175.” The front cover bears the quotation “All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others,” presumably to call it to the attention of reviewers. The ploy worked, and the phrase has become Orwell’s most quoted line.

    $1,200

  • MACQUER, PIERRE JOSEPH

    Elements of the Theory and Practice of Chymistry. London: Millar and Nourse, 1758

    FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of Macquer’s Elémens de chymie-theorique (1749) and Elémens de chymie-pratique (1751), translated by Andrew Reid from the 1756 editions. The theoretical section lays out the principles of chemistry, and the practical section presents a course of chemistry including engravings of apparatus.

    $1,200

  • WALLACE, ALFRED RUSSEL

    The Geographical Distribution of Animals with a study of the relations of living and extinct faunas as elucidating the past changes of the earth’s surface. London: Macmillan, 1876

    First edition of the foundation work of zoogeography. “Relying on data he had collected on families and genera of terrestrial vertebrates, Wallace established evolutionary zoogeography on its modern foundation. Wallace’s evolutionary approach to zoogeography provided a rock-solid factual basis for evolutionary biology” (DSB).

    $950