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  • ARMSTRONG, NEIL.

    “Leaving For The Moon” in LIFE Magazine. LIFE, July 25, 1969

    This issue of Life magazine is signed by Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon. The cover photograph captures the dramatic scene of a self-assured Armstrong—dressed in his full space suit—waving to a crowd of on-lookers just prior to commencing the historic Apollo 11 mission. This issue of Life includes “Apollo’s Leap for the Moon” by reporter Loudon Wainwright, “Moon Shot—Spectacle at the Cape” and “Nixon’s First Six Months” as well as and photographs of the astronauts’ wives. The issue suggests the eagerness of the public for any news dealing with Apollo 11 and the moon landing. This is the issue of Life that was on the newsstands as the Apollo 11 astronauts hurtled through space toward the moon.

    $10,000

  • BATESON, SAUNDERS, and PUNNETT

    Reports to the Evolution Committee of the Royal Society. Reports I–V.. London: Royal Society, 1902-1909 [1910]

    FIRST EDITIONS. A splendid association copy, from the library of Caroline Pellew with her signed inscription:  “C. Pellew  Ink corrections taken from W. Bateson’s corrections in his own copy.”

    $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

  • DARWIN, CHARLES

    The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex. London: John Murray, 1871

    FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE, with the uncorrected text in Vol. I and with the list of errata on the verso of the title-page in Vol. II. Freeman observes that “there are important textual differences” between the two issues of the first edition. One of these, later rectified with the removal of long passages from the second issue, is pointed out in the first issue’s inserted slip referring to “a serious an unfortunate error, in relation to the sexual differences of animals.”

    $9,500

  • 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.

    two items: $9,000

  • FARADAY, MICHAEL

    Autograph Letter Signed to C. C. Maxwell. No place, Sept. 26, 1857

    In this wonderful letter Faraday discusses the famous experiment in which Galileo is said to have dropped spheres of different masses to show that their time of descent was independent of their masses. Though said by some to have been a thought experiment, this was one of the most famous demonstrations in the history of science. The experiment disproved Aristotle’s theory of gravity and helped usher in the era of modern science.

    $7,500

  • ELSHOLTZ ,JOHANN SIGISMUND

    The Curious Distillatory. London: Printed by J. D. for Robert Boulter, 1677

    First edition in English. Elsholtz (1623-1688), who studied at Padua, was physician to Elector Friedrich Wilhelm and director of the botanical garden at Brandenburg.

    $6,800

  • EINSTEIN, ALBERT

    Typed letter signed to V. A. Loewenthal. Princeton, January 5, 1954

    Einstein sends thanks to his correspondent in Arnhem who has sent Einstein photographs, evidently of the now-famous Lorentz Monument in that city. He writes in part, “I find the memorial very tasteful and am happy that the city of Arnhem is aware of the significance of its great son.”

    $4,800

  • 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.

    $4,800

  • (SUEZ CANAL)

    Collection of five items relating to the construction of the Suez Canal. Various places, 1855-1887

    The construction of the Suez Canal was one of the great engineering and commercial feats of the 19th century. In the 1850s Ferdinand de Lesseps obtained permission from the Viceroy of Egypt to construct a canal connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea through the Isthmus of Suez. The work, which began in 1859, involved 1.5 million workers and claimed more than 100,000 lives. Finally, in November 1869, the Suez Canal officially opened. It reduced the journey from the Arabian Sea to London by more than 5000 miles.

    $4,500