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  • 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

  • (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.

    $4,500

  • (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.”

    $3,500

  • EINSTEIN, ALBERT

    “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.

    $3,500

  • (EINSTEIN, ALBERT.) Merl LaVoy

    Photograph of Einstein holding a home movie camera, pointing it at the pioneering documentary filmmaker Merl LaVoy. [possibly Los Angeles], [c. 1931]

    This photograph shows Einstein turning a Cine-Kodak home movie camera, the first 16mm camera, on noted documentary filmmaker Merl LaVoy. LaVoy was famous for his globe-trotting filmmaking for Pathé News. Einstein stands with his second wife Elsa.

    $3,500

  • 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

    “Über einen der Erzeugung und Verwandlung des Lichtes betreffenden heuristischen Gesichtpunkt” in Annalen der Physik, 4. Folge, 17 Band, No. 6. Leipzig, 1905

    FIRST EDITION. This Nobel prize award winning paper on the photon and the photoelectric effect is one of the three great papers from 1905, Einstein annus mirabilis.

    $2,800

  • EINSTEIN, ALBERT

    Einstein’s first four published papers. Leipzig, Annalen der Physik, Leipzig, 1901-1904

    FIRST EDITIONS of Einstein’s first four published papers.

    $2,200

  • DARWINISM

    Collection of books from the debates over Darwinism. Various places, 1861-1897

    $2,200

  • 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,

    $1,800