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  • DARWIN, CHARLES and ALFRED RUSSEL WALLACE

    “On the tendency of species to form varieties; and on the perpetuation of varieties and species by natural means of selection”in Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society. Zoology.. London, 1858

    $325,000

  • (APOLLO 11.)

    Star Chart, flown and used on the Apollo 11 mission, annotated and signed by Command Module Pilot Michael Collins.. NASA, 1969

    A key navigational aid in taking man to the Moon and back to Earth. The astronauts of Apollo 11, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins, used this very star chart to find their way to the Moon and back in July 1969. Collins has extensively annotated this star chart and written on it, “During the flight of Apollo Eleven, I used this chart to help me locate stars. (The numbers were entered into the Command Module Computer) Michael Collins CMP.”

    $275,000

  • (APOLLO 11) Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin,and Michael Collins

    United States flag flown to the Moon on Apollo 11. NASA, July 16-24, 1969

    This American flag, flown to the Moon on Apollo 11, is one of the most sought-after relics of space exploration.

    $150,000

  • (WOMEN’S HEALTH AND SEX.)

    Aristoteles Master-piece, or, The Secrets of Generation displayed in all the parts thereof.. London: J. How, 1684

    First edition of Aristotle’s Masterpiece, “the most popular book about women’s bodies, sex, pregnancy, and childbirth in Britain and America from its first appearance in 1684 up to at least the 1870s” (Treasures, Library Company of Philadelphia).

    $75,000

  • (DARWIN, CHARLES.) CAMERON, JULIA MARGARET

    Profile bust portrait of Charles Darwin, signed by Cameron. London: Colnaghi, 1868

    The great Darwin portrait, Julia Margaret Cameron’s 1868 profile of Darwin is probably the most famous photograph of a 19th-century scientist. Darwin remarked, “I like this photograph very much better than any other which has been taken of me.”

    $68,000

  • DARWIN, CHARLES

    Collection of four letters to William Chester Tait.. Down, Beckenham, Kent, February 2, February 24, April 18, and June 1, 1869

    This fascinating series of letters reflects Charles Darwin’s wide-ranging scientific research, his boundless curiosity, and his encouragement of a young naturalist.

    $60,000

  • MUNSON, LAURA GORDON

    Flowers from My Garden. Sketched and Painted from Nature. [New York], [1864]

    FIRST EDITION, a unique pre-publication copy with 18 fine watercolors, the original art used as the basis for the lithographs in the published edition.

    $37,500

  • VON BRAUN, WERNHER

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

    This 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.

    $35,000

  • 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.

    $35,000

  • (ARMSTRONG, NEIL.)

    Apollo 11 Philatelic Cover signed by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin. [Houston], 1969

    Signed by the crew of Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the Moon: Neil Armstrong (commander), Buzz Aldrin (lunar module pilot), and Michael Collins (command module pilot). From the collection of Neil Armstrong.

    $32,000