Item #5776 De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, libri VI: Habes in hoc opere iam recens nato,...
“A LANDMARK IN HUMAN THOUGHT” (PMM)



De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, libri VI: Habes in hoc opere iam recens nato, & ædito...


Nuremberg: Johann Petreius, 1543.

First edition, and an unusually fine copy, of the most important scientific publication of the sixteenth century – a “landmark in human thought” (PMM). De revolutionibus was the first work to propose a comprehensive heliocentric theory of the cosmos, according to which the sun stood still and the earth revolved around it. It thereby inaugurated one.....

Price: $2,500,000.00
Item #5928 Traité de la lumière. Ou sont expliquées les causes de ce qui luy...
THE WAVE THEORY OF LIGHT - LARGE PAPER PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY HUYGENS



Traité de la lumière. Ou sont expliquées les causes de ce qui luy arrive dans...


Leiden: Pieter van der Aa, 1690.

First edition, first issue, of Huygens’ path-breaking exposition of his wave theory of light; this is an extremely rare large paper presentation copy inscribed by Huygens to Pierre Daniel Huet. Huygens had developed his theory of light in 1676 and 1677, and “completed the Traité in 1678, but left it unpublished for twelve years, until.....

Price: $250,000.00
Item #5080 Opticks: or, A Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions and Colours of...
THE FIRST EDITION OF NEWTON’S OPTICKS - THE EARLIEST OF THE SIX KNOWN AUTHOR’S PRESENTATION COPIES



Opticks: or, A Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions and Colours of Light. Also Two...


London: Printed for Sam. Smith and Benj. Walford, Printers to the Royal Society, at the Prince’s Arms in St. Paul’s Church-Yard, 1704.

First edition, first issue, and a superlative copy, presented by Newton to his close friend and collaborator Nicolas Fatio de Duillier, with an inscription recording the gift in Fatio’s hand and with his ink and pencil annotations in.....

Price: $825,000.00
Item #5894 On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of...
PRESENTATION COPY OF DARWIN’S GREATEST WORK



On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured...


London: John Murray, 1859.

First edition, presentation copy, of “the most influential scientific work of the nineteenth century” (Horblit), “the most important biological work ever written” (Freeman), and “a turning point, not only in the history of science, but in the history of ideas in general” (DSB). “Darwin not only drew an entirely new picture of the workings of organic.....

Price: $950,000.00
Item #5650 Opera per doctissimum Philosophum Ioannem Baptistam Memum patritium Venetum,...
HEAVILY ANNOTATED BY THE RENAISSANCE POLYMATH JOHN DEE - FROM ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT LIBRARIES IN THE EARLY AMERICAN COLONIES - “ONE OF THE GREATEST SCIENTIFIC BOOKS OF ANTIQUITY”



Opera per doctissimum Philosophum Ioannem Baptistam Memum patritium Venetum, mathematicharumque artium in urbe Veneta lectorum...


[Colophon:] Venice: Bernardinus Bindonus, 1537.

First edition, an extraordinary copy of the greatest importance, signed and heavily annotated by the celebrated English polymath John Dee (1527-1608), and later acquired and signed by John Winthrop Jr. (1606-76), the first Governor of Connecticut, whose library was one of the most important in the early American colonies. The present volume, no. 74 in.....

Price: $650,000.00
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