De ortu & causis subterraneorum Lib. V. De natura eorum quae effluent ex terra Lib...
Basel: Hieronymus Froben, 1546. First edition.
An exceptionally fine copy, completely untouched in its original binding, of ‘the first handbook of modern systematic mineralogy’ (Grolier/Horblit 2a). “Georgius Agricola (latinized from the German ‘Georg Bauer’) became interested in the theoretical and practical aspects of mining, metallurgy and geology after being appointed town doctor of Joachimsthal, a silver-mining community on the east...
Ars conjectandi, opus posthumum. Accedit Tractatus de seriebus infinitis, et Epistola Gallicè scripta De ludo...
Basel: Impensis Thurnisiorum Fratum, 1713.
First edition, an exceptionally fine copy, rare in this condition. “Jakob 1 Bernoulli’s posthumous treatise, edited by his nephew [Nicholas I Bernoulli], (the title literally means “the art of[dice] throwing”) was the first significant book on probability theory: it set forth the fundamental principles of the calculus of probabilities and contained the first suggestion that...
New Experiments physico-mechanical, touching the Spring of the Air, and its Effects; A Defence of...
Oxford: H. Hall for T. Robinson [and London: J.G. for Thomas Robinson], 1662.
Second edition, containing the first announcement of Boyle’s law. This second edition is “particularly important for what Boyle called an ‘hypothesis’ but what we know as ‘Boyle’s Law’: that the volume of air in a confined space varies inversely as the pressure. He demonstrated this by much.....
A New System of Chemical Philosophy.
Manchester: S. Russell for R. Bickerstaff; Russell & Allen for R. Bickerstaff; Executives of S. Russell for G. Wilson, 1808-1810-1827.
First edition of Dalton’s classic work on the atomic theory of matter, very rare when complete with all three parts in the original boards with the original printed spine labels. “Dalton reconstructed Newton’s speculations on the structure of matter, and.....
The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication.
London: John Murray, 1868.
First edition, first issue, presentation copy, trimmed for presentation and with a slip of paper with inscription “From the Author” in Darwin’s hand pasted to the front free endpaper. The term “survival of the fittest” (borrowed at Wallace’s insistence from Herbert Spencer’s 1866 Principles of Biology) first appeared in the Variation (vol. 2, p. 89), preceding...
Einheitliche Feldtheorie von Gravitation und Elektrizität.
Berlin: Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1925.
First edition, extremely rare author’s presentation offprint (not to be confused with the much more common trade offprint – see below), and the copy of Einstein’s son Hans Albert, of Einstein’s first original paper on unified field theory, and the first to use the term “Unified Field Theory” in its title. In the opening paragraph.....