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The Modern Service of Commercial and Railway Telegraphy, in Theory and Practice, Including the Railway Station and Express Service, Arranged in Questions and Answers
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The Modern Service of Commercial and Railway Telegraphy, in Theory and Practice, Including the Railway Station and Express Service, Arranged in Questions and Answers

By ABERNETHY, J.P. (compiler)

Cleveland: J.P. Abernethy, 1887. Hardcover. Small 8vo. Blind-embossed brown cloth with gilt lettering and pictorial stamping. 423pp, (1p), iv. Frontispiece, illustrations. Very good. Mild edgewear; 1890 ownership signature on inner flyleaf. "Sixth Edition, Revised and Enlarged" of this in-depth telegraphy DIY manual. Clearly the 1890 owner was an aspiring telegraph operator, for he places miniscule pencilled checkmarks alongside lists of abbreviations and, on pages 284-87, he pencils and inks in the many blanks on the sample "Forms of Train Orders," etc. Quite interesting.

$75.00

Exotic Conchology or Drawings and Descriptions of Rare Beautiful or Undescribed Shells
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Exotic Conchology or Drawings and Descriptions of Rare Beautiful or Undescribed Shells

By SWAINSON, William

Princeton: Van Nostrand Company, 1968. Hardcover. 4to. Burgundy cloth with gilt lettering. xxiv, 39pp, 48 color full-page plates (rectos only), pp. 41-48. All edges gilt. Numerous illustrations, green marbled endpapers. Fine. Superb copy of this facsimile reprint limited to 2,000 copies -- the first volume in the Delaware Museum of Natural History's "Reproduction Series." Editor R. Tucker Abbott notes in his preface that this is "one of the most beautiful and most rare of shell books... produced in London in three editions, from 1821 to 1841. The early issues were so rare that the book remained a bibliographical puzzle until comparatively recently." This facsimile reproduces the complete third (1841) edition plus portions of the first and second editions. Lovely copy of a lovely book.

$75.00

The Interpretation of Dreams

By FREUD, Sigmund

New York: The Modern Library, 1950. Hardcover. Translation by A.A. Brill. 12mo. Grey cloth with gilt lettering, pictorial dust jacket. 477pp, (8pp ads). Very good/very good. Mild jacket edgewear. A tight and attractive later printing (based on jacket and binding late-1950s/early 1960s vintage) of ML #96.

$20.00

The Next War: Three Addresses at a Symposium at Harvard University November 18, 1924
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The Next War: Three Addresses at a Symposium at Harvard University November 18, 1924

By HALL, Norris F., CHAFEE, Zechariah Jr., and HUDSON, Manley O.

Cambridge: The Harvard Alumni Bulletin Press, 1925. Hardcover. 16mo. Blue/grey cloth with gilt lettering. 109pp. Near fine. Absolute faintest of binding wear, else internally bright and fine. A lovely, tight first edition of this essay trilogy by three Harvard faculty, handsomely inscribed and signed large and bold in blue ink on the front flyleaf to "Miss Esther Dieter / with the compliments of / Norris T Hall / July 1934.". While Chafee and Hudson were law professors and discuss war from that perspective, Hall discusses the role of science in future wars -- aviation and dirigibles, water supplies, deadly gasses, etc. Hall (1891-1962) was an educator and chemist who was among the American servicemen assigned to Marie Curie's mobile x-ray unit in World War One; he taught not only at Harvard, but also at Stanford and the University of Wisconsin. Interesting and unusual.

$75.00

The Days of a Man: Beng Memories of a Naturalist, Teacher and Minor Prophet of Democracy
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The Days of a Man: Beng Memories of a Naturalist, Teacher and Minor Prophet of Democracy

By JORDON, David Starr

Yonkers-on-Hudson: World Book Company, 1922. Hardcover. Complete 2-volume set. Small 4to. Dark green blind-ruled cloth with gilt spine lettering. xxviii, 710pp; xxviii, 906pp. Top edges gilt. Frontispieces, full-page illustrations. Very good. Endpapers a tad age toned, else internally fine and bright, tight and lovely, with gilt lettering a-gleaming. A superb first edition of this hefty memoir by Stanford University's odd and complex founding president (1851-1931), who was also a noted Renaissance man -- ichthyologist, eugenicist, natural history professor, Indiana University president and activist.

$75.00

American Hand Book of the Daguerreotype: Giving the Most Approved and Convenient Methods for Preparing the Chemicals, and the Combinations Used in the Art: Containing the Daguerreotype, Electrotype, and Various Other Processes Employed in  Taking Heliographic Impressions
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American Hand Book of the Daguerreotype: Giving the Most Approved and Convenient Methods for Preparing the Chemicals, and the Combinations Used in the Art: Containing the Daguerreotype, Electrotype, and Various Other Processes Employed in Taking Heliographic Impressions

By HUMPHREY, S.D.

New York: S.D. Humphrey, 1853. Hardcover. 12mo. Red blind-ruled cloth with gilt spine lettering. 144pp. Very good. Very faintest of edgewear; text block faintly age toned. Quaint early bookplate on front pastedown depicts a chimp crouching on a stack of tomes, chin in hand as he ponders the skull in his other hand. A tight and lovely first edition in an attractive early 20th century rebind. Very scarce early manual by influential early daguerreotypist Samuel Dwight Humphrey (1823-83), first editor of the "Daguerrean Journal" and author of the 1849 "A System of Photography Containing an Explicit Detail of the Daguerreotype" and one other photography manual, all three of which went through several editions. A superb copy of this rarely seen manual.

$1000.00

Photographic Researches and Manipulations, Including the Author's Former Treatise on Daguerreotype
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Photographic Researches and Manipulations, Including the Author's Former Treatise on Daguerreotype

By HILL, L.L.

Lexington: Holman & Gray, 1851. Hardcover. 12mo. Quarter black calf with compartments and gilt lettering and marbled paper over boards. iv, 200pp. Very good. Tight-hinged and fully handleable, though mildly edgeworn and with marbled boards rubbed; text block lightly age toned and occasionally foxed; contemporary ownership signature on front pastedown, same on inner flyleaf and pencilled at top of title page; ca. 1900 bookplate on front pastedown. First of this edition, tight and fairly nice, being a revised edition of his 1850 "Treatise on Daguerreotype." In 1851, upstate New York minister Levi L. Hill (1816-65) caused controversy when he claimed to have developed a process to create color photographs, which he called "heliochromes" (and which soon became personalized to "Hillotypes"). It wasn't until 1856 that Hill published his "Treatise on Heliochromy" to explain the process, but a daguerreotypist got the book banned on grounds of libel and all but a few were pulped. Hill's process was long discredited, then forgotten, although recent scientific tests show that his convoluted process works somewhat. A decent copy of this rarity. A second edition, revised and enlarged, was issued in 1854 by Myron Shew in Philadelphia, and this later edition too is extremely scarce.

$3500.00

Die lächelnde Sphinx: Von großen und kleinen von ernsten und heiteren Problemen
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Die lächelnde Sphinx: Von großen und kleinen von ernsten und heiteren Problemen

By WOLFF, Theodor

Prague: Academia Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1937. Hardcover. 8vo. Burgundy cloth, pictorial dust jacket. 312pp. Numerous line drawings, sewn-in white silk page marker. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear. A tight and attractive first edition, entirely in German. Title translation: "The Laughing Sphinx: From Large and Small, from Serious to Silly Problems." Uncommon.

$55.00

John Uri Lloyd: The Great American Eclectic
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John Uri Lloyd: The Great American Eclectic

By FLANNERY, Michael A.

Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1998. Hardcover. Small 4to. Burguncy cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xviii, 234pp. Illustrations. Fine/fine. An exceptionally pristine first edition.

$20.00

Paul Ehrlich: Scientist for Life

By BAUMLER, Ernst

New York: Holmes & Meier, 1984. Hardcover. Translation by Grant Edwards. Small 4to. Black cloth with gilt spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xvi, 288pp. Illustrations. Near fine/very good. Slightest bit of faint jacket edgewear. Tight, handsome first edition of this biography of the Nobel Prize-winning German scientist and physician best known for developing a treatment for syphilis.

$65.00

The Papers of Joseph Henry: Volumes 1-7

By HENRY, Joseph

Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1972. Hardcover. Edited by Nathan Reingold (Volumes 1-5) and Marc Rothenberg (Volumes 6-7). 7 volumes (out of 12). Small 4to. Grey c loth (Volumes 1-6), black cloth (Volume 7), dust jackets. xxxiv, 496pp; xxxix, 524pp; xxxiv, 585pp; xxxiv, 475pp; xxxviii, 506pp; xli, 662pp; xlviii, 717pp. Frontispieces, illustrations, pictorial endpapers. Fine/fine to near fine. All volumes are tight and pristine, while some of the earlier jackets show slight age toning. Superb and handsome first editions of the first seven volumes of this hefty twelve-volume set. A massive scholarly achievement chronicling the work of this American scientist (1797-1878) who served as first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. Volume 1 covers "December 1797 -- October 1832: The Albany Years," Volume 2 covers "November 1832 -- December 1835: The Princeton Years," Volume 3 covers "January 1836 -- December 1837: The Princeton Years," Volume 4 covers "January 1838 -- December 1840: The Princeton Years," Volume 5 covers "January 1841 -- December 1843: The Princeton Years," Volume 6 covers "January 1844 -- December 1846: The Princeton Years" and Volume 7 covers "January 1847 -- December 1849: The Smithsonian Years."

$125.00

Revelations of the Hand. A Scientific Study of the Shape and Markings of the Hand, as an Index to Character, Disease and Tendencies, with Explanatory Illustrations
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Revelations of the Hand. A Scientific Study of the Shape and Markings of the Hand, as an Index to Character, Disease and Tendencies, with Explanatory Illustrations

By McIVOR-TYNDALL, Alexander J.

New York: G.A. Wahlgreen, Publisher, 1900. Hardcover. 8vo. Grey cloth with black lettering and pictorial stamping. 169pp, (31pp). Frontispiece, numerous illustrations, Very good. Faintest of binding edgewear. A tight and attractive first edition (titled "American Edition," though we locate no foreign editions) of this guide to chirognomy, a spinoff of the once-popular "science" of palmistry. Other identical editions are found in blue cloth and red cloth, but no priority is established. The unpaginated section at the close depicts hand prints of an eclectic variety of celebrities of the day -- actors, politicians, etc. "Dr." (formerly "Professor") McIvor-Tyndall was a mind reader, clairvoyant and mystic who died in 1940.

$55.00

Ernest William Goodpasture: Scientist, Scholar, Gentleman
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Ernest William Goodpasture: Scientist, Scholar, Gentleman

By COLLINS, Robert D.

Franklin, TN: Hillsboro Press, 2002. Hardcover. Small 4to. Tan cloth, pictorial dust jacket. xiii, 466pp. Numerous illustrations. Fine/fine. A tight and attractive first edition of this hefty biography of the groundbreaking American pathologist and physician (1886-1960). Lacks the compact disc.

$20.00

The Harvard College Observatory: The First Four Directorships, 1839-1919

By JONES, Bessie Zaban, and BOYD, Lyle Gifford

Cambridge: The Belknap Press, 1971. Hardcover. Foreword by Donald H. Menzel. Small 4to. Red cloth with silver spine lettering, pictorial dust jacket. xiii, 495pp. Frontispiece, illustrations. Fine/near fine. An exceptionally tight 'n' bright, all-around superb first edition of this thick history of this pioneering astronomical institution.

$30.00

The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle for Life and The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex

By DARWIN, Charles

New York: The Modern Library, n.y.. Hardcover. 8vo. Brown paper over boards with gilt spine lettering, dust jacket. xvi, 1000pp. Illustrations. Near fine/very good. Minor jacket edgewear; circular blind-embossed ownership imprint on title page. Attractive, tight later (late 1970s) printing of Modern Library Giant #21, first issued by this firm in 1936.

$20.00

Science and the Common Understanding
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Science and the Common Understanding

By OPPENHEIMER, J. Robert

New York: Simon and Schuster, 1954. Hardcover. 8vo. Black cloth spine with gilt lettering and black paper over boards. 120pp. Near fine. Lacks jacket, else a tight and attractive first edition -- with intrigung provenance: Front flyleaf bears the large rubberstamped ownership signature of Adlai E. Stevenson II (1900-65), Illinois governor, U.N. ambassador and two-time presidential candidate. How approriate and interesting that the diplomat who confronted Russia's ambassador to the U.N. over nuclear missiles during the Cuban Missile Crisis (1962) and was also the architect of the world's first nuclear test ban treaty (1963) would own this title by the father of the atomic bomb!

$95.00

The Track of Man: Adventures of an Anthropologist
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The Track of Man: Adventures of an Anthropologist

By FIELD, Henry

Garden City: Doubleday & Company, 1953. Hardcover. 8vo. Tan cloth, pictorial dust jacket. 448pp. Map endpapers. Near fine/very good. Mild jacket edgewear. A tight, attractive later printing, with a choice presentation inscription from the author on the half-title page in blue ink: "To Adlai / With admiration / Henry / 1955." "Adlai" is Adlai E. Stevenson II (1900-65), Illinois governor, U.N. ambassador and two-time presidential candidate (1952, 1956). Field was grand-nephew of Chicago's Marshall Field, so it's not surprising the anthropologist would have known the statesman.

$95.00

Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures

By EDDY, Mary Baker

Boston: Trustees Under the Will of Mary Baker G. Eddy, n.y.. Hardcover. 8vo. Brown cloth with gilt lettering and medallion. xii, 700pp. Top edge gilt. Very good. A few folded page corners, else close to "Near fine." Tight, handsome later printing of this Christian Science classic, undated but with 1934 the latest copyright. Sharp copy, with giltstamping bright and bold.

$30.00

Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes
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Hen's Teeth and Horse's Toes

By GOULD, Stephen Jay

New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1983. Hardcover. 8vo. Green cloth spine with gilt lettering and cream paper over boards, pictorial dust jacket. 413pp. Near fine/very good. Faintest of jacket edgewear; circular blind-embossed ownership imprint on page 9. A tight and handsome first edition of the famed paleontologist and biologist's fifth book, a collection of "Natural History Magazine" articles.

$30.00

The Bone Hunters
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The Bone Hunters

By LANHAM, Url

New York: Columbia University Press, 1973. Hardcover. 8vo. Brown cloth, pictorial dust jacket. xi, 285pp. Illustrations. Near fine/very good. Faintest jacket edgewear. A tight and handsome first edition of "this first book about the heroic age of American paleontology." A lovely copy.

$25.00

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