The Country Builder’s Assistant. Boston: Spotswood & Etheridge, for the author, 1798
This is a very handsome copy of the enlarged second edition of Asher Benjamin’s rare first book. This cornerstone of American architecture is the earliest original American architectural book.
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.
“Darwin’s Naturalist’s Voyage is considered one of the best & most interesting books of the kind ever written"WALLACE, ALFRED RUSSEL
Autograph letter signed on Charles Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle, to an unnamed recipient in Dublin. Dorset, December 10, 1889
In this splendid letter Alfred Russel Wallace praises Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle: “Darwin’s Naturalist’s Voyage is considered one of the best & most interesting books of the kind ever written, & I am sure you will not regret purchasing it . . .”
KRAFFT-EBING, RICHARD von
Psychopathia Sexualis. Eine Klinisch-Forensische Studie. Stuttgart: Ferdinand Enke, 1886
FIRST EDITION of the founding work of sexology. “Austrian psychiatrist Richard von Krafft-Ebing is primarily known as the founding father of sexology. His Psychopathia Sexualis is widely accepted to be the foundational work for the scientific study of human sexuality, a field still in its infancy at the end of the nineteenth century. Psychopathia Sexualis offers an overview of both sexological physiology and psychology and is of groundbreaking importance for the origin of the modern scientific research domain of sexological pathology as an autonomous discipline.”
(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.
(ARMSTRONG, NEIL.) VERNE, JULES
A Trip to the Moon. New York: F. M. Lupton, September 9, 1893
Signed by Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the moon. This classic of science fiction, turned into scientific fact by Armstrong and the Apollo 11 mission, was first published as De la Terre à la Lune in 1865.
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”).
SCHWARTS, 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.