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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • WRIGHT, WILBUR

    “Die wagerecht Lage während des Gleitfluges” in Illustrirte Aëronautische Mittheilungen. Strassburg, July, 1901

    FIRST PRINTING. This paper by Wilbur Wright contains the first publication of a photograph of a Wright aircraft. This article and another also published in July 1901 (in Aeronautical Journal) “constitute the first aeronautical writings of the brothers to appear in print” (Renstrom, Bibliography of the Wright Brothers). The present German publication, however, “has the historical distinction of being the first illustration to appear anywhere in the world of a Wright aircraft” (Gibbs-Smith, Invention of the Aeroplane, p. 306).

    $2,800

  • EINSTEIN, ALBERT.

    “Physikalischer Grundlagen einer Gravitationstheorie” [and] MARCEL GROSSMANN. “Mathematische Begriffsbildungen zur Gravitationstheorie.” Offprint from Vierteljahrsschrift der Naturforschenden Gesellchaft in Zürich. Zurich, 1913

    FIRST EDITION, the rare offprint with “Überreicht von den Verfassern.” printed on the front wrapper. In 1912 Einstein moved back to Zürich from Prague. Aware of the analogy between Gauss’s surface theory and the space-time Einstein was introducing in his new theory of gravitation, he wished to find a four-dimensional version of Gauss’s theory. Einstein recalled,

    $2,500