Autograph letter signed to [Fanny Kellogg]. Down, Beckenham, Kent, April 13, 1879
Darwin discusses the hereditary transmission of behavior and a vivid example of the phenomenon from the opening chapter of The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals.
Some Account of the Pennsylvania Hospital; From its First Rise, to the Beginning of the Fifth Month, called May, 1754. Philadelphia: B. Franklin and D. Hall, 1754
FIRST EDITION of Benjamin Franklin’s account of the Pennsylvania Hospital, the first hospital established in the British colonies, co-founded by Franklin with his friend Dr. Thomas Bond. It remains a leading medical institution in Philadelphia.
signed by Albert Einstein - “The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” – Einstein, “The World As I See It”EINSTEIN, ALBERT
The World as I See It. New York: Philosophical Library, (c.1949)
Signed and dated 1950 by Albert Einstein on the front free endpaper.
(PHOTOGRAPHS) Christie, Manson & Woods
Catalogue of the celebrated collection of works of art and vertu known as “The Vienna Museum,” the property of Messrs. Lowenstein Brothers, of Frankfort-on-the-Main. London: Christie, Manson & Woods, 1860
This important volume is “the earliest photographically illustrated auction catalogue” (Gernsheim, Incunabula, 122). It contains 36 photographs on salted paper by Hermann Emden of Frankfurt.
WATSON, JAMES D. & FRANCIS CRICK
Signed photograph of Watson and Crick with their three-dimensional model of the double-helix DNA molecule. Anthony Barrington, 1953, printed later
Signed by Watson and Crick in the white lower margin. The discovery of the structure of DNA was the cornerstone event in modern genetics and biology and one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time.
SCHWARTZ, Robert N. & TOWNES, Charles H
Interstellar and Interplanetary Communication by Optical Masers. Washington, February 27, 1961
PRE-PUBLICATION RARITY. “The classic paper published in Nature that started it all” (coseti.org), this is the founding work of optical SETI. This pre-publication form is dated more than a month before the article’s publication in Nature. For years SETI research focused on radio transmissions, but the development of powerful lasers has made Optical SETI (OSETI) a highly promising area of research. Townes’s prescient proposal is even the more remarkable given the very limited power of masers and lasers at the time this paper appeared.
Autograph note signed. No place, no date c. 1950
Einstein writes in German, “This for the unlikely event that you would need it as much as I. With warm regards to all of you Your A. Einstein” (“Dies für den unwahrscheinlichen Fall, dass Sie es ebenso notwendig hätten als ich. Mit herzlichen Grüßen an Sie alle / Ihr A. Einstein”).
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WATSON, JAMES D
The Double Helix. In Atlantic Monthly. Boston, January and February 1968
FIRST EDITION of The Double Helix, preceding the publication in book form in late February 1968. Signed by James Watson on the front cover of each issue.