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  • BENJAMIN, ASHER

    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.

    $15,000

  • 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.

    $13,500

  • 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 . . .”

    $12,500

  • 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.”

    $12,500

  • (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.

    $12,000

  • WALLACE, ALFRED RUSSEL

    The Malay Archipelago: The Land of the Orang-Utan, and the Bird of Paradise. London: Macmillan, 1869

    First edition of “one of the finest scientific travel books ever written.”

    $11,000

  • (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.

    $10,000

  • SPACE WALKS

    Two 16 mm films of the first Russian and the first American to walk in space. No place, 1965

    Films of the space walks of Aleksei Leonov and Edward White.

    $9,500

  • EINSTEIN, ALBERT

    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”).

    $7,500

  • 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.

    $6,000