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  • DARWIN, CHARLES, Philip Parker King, and Robert FitzRoy

    Narrative of the Surveying Voyages of His Majesty’s Ships Adventure and Beagle, between the years 1826 and 1836. London: Henry Colburn, 1839

    FIRST EDITION. An outstanding presentation copy inscribed by Beagle commander Captain Robert FitzRoy: “Dr. Lee, LL.D., a tribute of esteem and respect from Robt. FitzRoy. Sept. 19th, 1856.”

    $175,000

  • ARMSTRONG, NEIL

    Signed autograph manuscript drawing of the Apollo 11 Moon landing mission. [Cincinnati], n.d.

    ICONIC DRAWING OF AN EPOCHAL MOMENT IN HISTORY.

    Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the Moon, illustrates key elements of the Apollo 11 moon landing in this rare drawing. He notes the rotation of the Earth, marks the “dark” side of the moon, and shows the direction of the Sun’s rays. A dashed line around the Moon indicates the command module’s path in orbit, and the curve at the lower left of the Moon shows the path of the lunar module approaching the landing site.

    $140,000

  • (EINSTEIN, ALBERT.) Suse Byk

    Photograph inscribed and signed by Albert Einstein. [Berlin], 1927

    Albert Einstein on the Jewish people: “we Jews are not a chosen people, but one that has been strained and steeled by millennia of pressure.” On this dramatic portrait of Einstein at age 48, made at the height of his fame, the scientist writes:

    $110,000

  • 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

  • EINSTEIN, ALBERT

    Typed letter signed to Michele Besso. Princeton, 14 December 1946

    In this fine letter Einstein reminisces with his lifelong friend Michele Besso about their days at the Swiss Patent Office where together they developed the theory of special relativity. He likens their scientific conversations at the office to the work of God creating the world.

    $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.

    $52,000

  • 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.

    $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

  • (APOLLO 11.) ARMSTRONG, NEIL and BUZZ ALDRIN

    Armstrong and Aldrin raising the U.S. flag on the Moon’s surface. NASA, [1969]

    Signed by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, the first two men on the Moon. This image was taken by the Maurer Data Acquisition Camera (DAC, pronounced “dak”). The DAC made films through the Lunar Module Pilot’s window during the approach and landing of the LM and took stop motion photographs during the EVA at the rate of one frame per second.

    $32,000