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.
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.
(NURSING.) Martin, Sarah F
Illustrated manuscript and typescript memoir of her partner, “Mary Cary Packard R. N.” [and] Autograph manuscript autobiography, “Miss Sallie.”. Baltimore, 1937 and 1940
Mary Cary Packard (1858-1936) and Sarah F. Martin (b. 1864) met as nursing students at Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the first nurse training programs in America. Upon graduation the two moved to Baltimore where they were said to be the only two registered trained nurses in the state of Maryland. Packard and Martin were in charge of nursing at the Robert Garrett Hospital for Children for twenty-five years. They spent summers at the Garrett Sanatorium for Children in rural Mt. Airy. The two pioneered public health nursing in the state, and they played central leadership roles in organizing the nursing profession in Maryland.
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.
(FILLMORE, MILLARD.) HUXLEY, THOMAS H
On the Origin of Species: or, the causes of the phenomena of organic nature. New York: Appleton, 1863
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. From the library of Millard Fillmore, 13th president of the United States (1850-1853), with his signatures dated May 22, 1863 on the title and on the front pastedown.
“I like this photograph much better than any other which has been taken of me.” – Darwin on the Cameron portrait(DARWIN, CHARLES.) Cameron, Julia Margaret
Charles Darwin. London, [1880-1890s]
THE GREAT DARWIN PORTRAIT, Julia Margaret Cameron’s 1868 portrait of Darwin is probably the most famous photograph of a 19th-century scientist. Darwin remarked, “I like this photograph much better than any other which has been taken of me.”
“Ueber die von der molekularkinetischen Theorie der Waerme geforderte Bewegung von in ruhenden Fluessigkeiten suspendierten Teilchen” in Annalen der Physik, 4. Folge, 17 Band, No. 8. Leipzig, 1905
FIRST EDITION. “On the Movement of Small Particles Suspended in a Stationary Liquid Demanded by the Molecular Kinetic Theory of Heat” appears here on pp. 549-560. This landmark paper on Brownian motion is one of the three great papers from 1905, Einstein annus mirabilis.
(EINSTEIN, ALBERT.) Merl LaVoy
Photograph of Einstein holding a home movie camera, pointing it at man operating a movie camera. [possibly Los Angeles], [c. 1931]
This photograph shows Einstein turning a Cine-Kodak home movie camera, the first 16mm camera, on a man operating a large movie camera.
The photograph bears the stamp of noted documentary filmmaker Merl LaVoy. LaVoy was famous for his globe-trotting filmmaking for Pathé News. Einstein stands with his second wife Elsa. Einstein is known to have met LaVoy on several occasions including his 1931 stay in California.