Brevis ac perutilis co[m]pilatio Alfragani astronomo[rum] pertissimi totu[m] id continens quo ad rudimenta astronomica est opportunum [Compilatio introductoria in astronomiam. Translated by John of Spain]. A. mad ibn Mu ammad ibn Kath r. AL-FARGH N., ALFRAGANUS.



Brevis ac perutilis co[m]pilatio Alfragani astronomo[rum] pertissimi totu[m] id continens quo ad rudimenta astronomica est...


Ferrara: Andreas Belfortis, Gallus, 3 September, 1493.

First edition, extremely rare, of this foundation work of early modern astronomy, the Kit b f Jaw mi Ilm al-Nuj m, now usually known in the West as the Elements of Astronomy. This is an exceptional copy, in an untouched contemporary binding, with numerous annotations and calculations in a contemporary hand. “This book...

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On the Constitutional and Local Effects of Disease of the Supra-Renal Capsules. Thomas ADDISON.



On the Constitutional and Local Effects of Disease of the Supra-Renal Capsules.


London: Samuel Highley, 1855.

First edition, the only known presentation copy, presented by Addison’s widow to Addison’s friend Henry Lonsdale (1816-76), with a unique binding with the gilt-stamped ornament on the front cover reading “Presented by Mrs. Addison,” instead of the usual title lettering, and inscription on the front free endpaper, presumably in the hand of Mrs. Addison, reading: “To.....

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Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière, avec la Description du Cabinet du Roi. Georges-Louis Leclerc BUFFON, Comte de.



Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière, avec la Description du Cabinet du Roi...


Paris: Imprimerie Royale, 1749–1804.

First edition, a fine and absolutely complete copy in unrestored contemporary French calf, of this monumental work, “the most celebrated treatise on animals ever produced” (Dibner), but also including treatises on cosmology, geology and palaeontology. This copy was almost certainly bound for a member of the Royal family. All volumes have the arms of Louis XVI...

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Opera, quae quidem extant, omnia . . . nuncque primum & Graece Latine in lucem edita . . . adiecta quoque sunt Eutocii Ascalonitae in eosdem Archimedis libros commentaria item Graece & Latine, nunquam antea excusa. ARCHIMEDES.



Opera, quae quidem extant, omnia . . . nuncque primum & Graece Latine in lucem...


Basle: Joannes Hervagius, 1544.

First edition of one of the key scientific books of the Renaissance, representing a decisive step forward in the history of mathematics, containing the first printings of the majority of the surviving works of the greatest mathematician, physicist and engineer of antiquity. This is a fascinating copy with numerous contemporary annotations by a well-informed reader, both...

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Des maladies des femmes grosses et accouchées. Avec la bonne et veritable méthode de les bien aider en leurs accouchemens naturels, & les moyens de remedier à tous ceux qui sont contre-nature, & aux indspositions des enfans nouveau-nés. François MAURICEAU.



Des maladies des femmes grosses et accouchées. Avec la bonne et veritable méthode de les...


Paris: Chez Jean Henault, Jean d'Houry, Robert de Ninville, Jean Baptiste Coignard, 1668.

The Dedication Copy of the first edition of this groundbreaking medical work which “established obstetrics as a science” (G&M). This is a superb copy in a presentation binding of contemporary red morocco stamped with the name of the dedicatees—Les Maistres Chirurgiens Jurez de Paris—and with three signed.....

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Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid; WILKINS, M. H. F., STOKES, A. R. & WILSON, H. R. ‘Molecular Structure of Deoxypentose Nucleic Acids’; FRANKLIN, R. E. & GOSLING, R. G. ‘Molecular Configuration in Sodium Thymonucleate,’ pp. 737-41 in Nature, Vol. 171, No. 4356, April 25, 1953. [WITH:] WATSON, J. D. & CRICK, F. H. C. ‘Genetical Implications of the Structure of Deoxyribonucleic Acid,’ pp. 964-7 in Nature, Vol. 171, No. 4361, May 30, 1953. [WITH:] FRANKLIN, R. E. & GOSLING, R. G. ‘Evidence for 2-Chain Helix in Crystalline Structure of Sodium Deoxyribonucleate,’ pp. 156-7 in Nature, Vol. 172, No. 4369, July 25, 1953. [WITH:] WILKINS, M. H. F., SEEDS, W. E. STOKES, A. R. & WILSON, H. R. ‘Helical Structure of Crystalline Deoxypentose Nucleic Acid,’ pp. 759-62 in Nature, Vol. 172, No. 4382, October 24, 1953; [WITH:] PAULING, L. & COREY, R. B. ‘Structure of the Nucleic Acids,’ p. 346 in Nature, Vol. 171, No. 4347, February 21, 1953. J. D. WATSON, F. H. C. CRICK.



Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids: A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid; WILKINS, M. H. F....


London: Macmillan.

First edition of Watson & Crick’s paper which “records the discovery of the molecular structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), the main component of chromosomes and the material that transfers genetic characteristics in all life forms. Publication of this paper initiated the science of molecular biology. Forty years after Watson and Crick's discovery, so much of the basic understanding...

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