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The history of the universe, the earth, and the flora and fauna that
occupy it has been studied, revised, and re-written many times since the
Enlightenment. Each generation's works (in the 20th century, each decade's)
have changed our perspective and forced us to re-evaluate our place in the
world. Some of these books affect every aspect of our lives, some make us
think, and some are just curiosities.
This selection covers works on natural history, medicine, the sciences
and technology. There are also specialty lists on subjects (e.g.
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[Forensics] Ubelaker, Douglas and Scammell, Henry. Bones: A Forensic
Detective's Casebook. [New York]: Edward Burlingame Books, 1992. Well
illustrated with photographs of skeletons and other specimens referred to by the
author, a forensic anthropologist at the Smithsonian who consults with the FBI. A
fine copy in original black/tan boards, lightly bumped at spine ends, and
pictorial (skulls) dust jacket
Lankester, E. Ray. The Advancement of Science: Occasional Essays
& Addresses. Macmillan: London, 1890. [First edition]. Green cloth
darkened on gilt-lettered spine; corners bumped with tiny nick to centre of front
fore-edge; spine ends creased. A fine copy of this collection, including chapters
on evolution, heredity, rabies, and other biological topics.
[Tate, Peter Guthrie and Stewart, Balfour]. The Unseen Universe, or, Physical
Speculations on a Future State. London: Macmillan, 1875. Second edition. 3/4
blue leather, now sunned on spine and front joint, with some scuffing; corners
bumped; marbled boards. Front hinge split, but holding; library ink stamp
on rear pastedown, ink call number on front, and "L.L." in gilt on lower spine
(no other markings); a few page corners creased. Very good.
"Our object, in the present work, is to endeavour to
show that the presumed incompatibility of Science and Religion does not exist ...
in fact, that immortality is strictly in accordance with the principle of
Continuity (rightly viewed); that principle which has been the guide to all modern
scientific advance." (cf. preface to the first edition).
Thomas, Lewis. Late Night Thoughts on Listening to Mahler's Ninth
Symphony. New York: Viking Press, 1983. Book club edition. A fine copy in blue
boards and red cloth spine; near fine dust jacket with two short closed tears
along top edge, faint crease at lower front corner.
Thomas, Lewis. The Medusa and the Snail: More Notes of a Biology
Watcher. London: Allen Lane, 1980. First UK edition. A fine copy in original
green boards; pictorial
(fanciful medusa) dust jacket laminated. Thomas's second book of scientific
Roget, Peter Mark. Animal and Vegetable Physiology Considered with
Reference to Natural Theology. London: William Pickering, 1834.
Bridewater Treatise, no.V. 2 vols. Illustrated with hundreds of in-text engravings.
A near fine copy in 3/4 brown-black leather and marbled boards, simply
ruled in gilt on spine with gilt-lettered red label; two very small scuff
marks at top of vol.2 spine; spine ends rubbed; some pages creased at top edge
of vol.2, resulting in "ding". Brown endpapers, bound without half-title; text
very lightly foxed.
Whewell, William. Astronomy and General Physics Considered with Reference
to Natural Theology. London: William Pickering, 1836. Bridgewater
treatise, no.III. Bound in
leather with marbled boards, edges and endpapers; black and dark red
gilt-lettered spine labels on elaborately gilt-stamped spine; 2 long scrapes on each
bottom corner, top corners and spine ends lightly rubbed. Bound without half-title;
contents bright, tight and clean.
Harrison, Edward. Darkness at Night: A Riddle of the Universe.
Cambridge, Massachusetts; London, England: Harvard University Press, 1987.
First edition. Illustrated in b/w with historic images, photographs and explanatory
figures. Black boards with minor "ding" to front fore edge; colour pictorial
(historic images) dust jacket, a touch rubbed at corners and creased at head of
spine. Near fine. Asking "Why is the sky dark at night?", this book explores both
historical answers and offers explanations based on modern cosmology.
Hawking, Stephen W. A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to
Black Holes. Toronto; New York: Bantam, 1988. Third printing. A fine copy
in black boards and cloth spine; pictorial (Hawking) dust jacket clean and bright.
Muller, Richard. Nemesis. Weidenfeld & Nicholson: New York, 1988.
First edition. Jacket title: "Nemesis, the Death Star: The story of a Scientific
Revolution"; introduction by Dr. Luis Alvarez. Dark grey boards with blue cloth
spine, lettered in silver;
pictorial (earth in space)
dust jacket a touch creased at spine ends. Fine. In this book Muller expounds
his theory that a companion star caused an asteroid impact that sealed the fate of
Trefil, James S. Space, Time, Infinity. New York: Pantheon Books;
Washington: Smithsonian Books, 1985. First edition. "The Smithsonian Views the
Universe." Spectacularly illustrated in colour with historic images, photographs,
computer enhanced cosmic images, explanatory diagrams, and speculative art,
showing all aspects of the study of the universe, as only the Smithsonian can.
Dark blue cloth a touch creased at top of spine; pictorial (Saturn) price-clipped
dust jacket excellent. A fine copy.
Whewell, William. Astronomy and General
Physics Considered with Reference to Natural Theology. London: William Pickering,
1836. Bridgewater treatise, no.III.
Simeon, Cornwall. Stray Notes on Fishing and Natural History. Cambridge: Macmillan and Co., 1860. [First edition].
Gorham, H.S. Descriptions of New Species of Coleoptera of the Family
Endomychidae from the Eastern Hemisphere. London: Zoological
Society, 1897. Offprint from the Proceedings of May 4, 1897, p.456-64.
Illustrated with one
hand-coloured plate showing eleven specimens of newly described beetles.
Sewn pamphlet with original blue paper wrappers, upper corner creased; fine.
Jacoby, Martin. List of the Phytophagous Coleoptera Collected by Signor
MODIGLIANI at Nias and Sumatra, with Descriptions of the New Species. Genova:
Museo Civico di Storia Naturale, 1889. Offprint from the Annali. Series 2,
Vol VII, May 31, 1889. Illustrated with one
hand-coloured plate showing a dozen specimens. Original plain grey wrappers,
staple rusted, otherwise bright and clean; fine.
Saunders, W. Wilson. Descriptions of some Longicorn Beetles
Discovered in Northern China. London: Entomological Society, 1853. Offprint
from the Transactions, vol.II N.S. Part IV, 1853. Illustrated with 7
hand-coloured specimens of beetles on one plate. Original sewn pamphlet a touch
foxed on cover; fine.
Saunders, W.W. On the Species of Catascopus found by Mr. Wallace in
the Malay Peninsular and East Indian Island. London: Entomological Society,
1862. Offprint from the Transactions, vol.I, 3rd seies, part VI, 1862.
Illustrated with two now foxed b/w plates, showing eleven specimens in all.
Original tan printed wrappers on sewn pamphlet; rear panel creased and with short
closed tears at edges, one at top affecting margin of plates; pages unopened; very
Swinton, A.H. Insect Variety: Its Propagation and Distribution. London:
Cassell, Patter, Galpin & Co., [n.d., 1880]. [First edition]. Illustrated
with hand-coloured frontispiece and seven anatomical plates, most with
a few hand-coloured details. A fine copy;
dark green, black and brown
decorated (butterflies and reeds) green cloth, lettered in gilt on spine;
corners and spine ends lightly worn; hinges faintly rubbed; edges foxed and
spine a little darkened. Pages nice and clean; endpapers perfect.
See also Works by and About William Henry Hudson
Taverner, P.A. Birds of Canada. J.O. Patenaude: Ottawa, 1934. "Canada
Department of Mines ... National Museum of Canada ... Bulletin no. 72, Biological
Series, no, 19." Blue cloth lettered in gilt, severely rubbed and creased on
spine. Former owner's name on front endpaper. Profusely illustrated with 87
coloured plates. A very good copy.
Botany and Gardening
Harris, Ernest C. Wild Visitors to a Cotswold Garden. London: Country Life,
1936. First edition. A near fine copy in original dark-green lettered bright green
cloth; with just a hint of wear at spine corners and small lightened patch on
rear. Ink name on front endpaper, and very minor foxing, more so on first and last
pages. Well illustrated with photographs of wild birds, mammals, fish and other
Hyams, Edward. Capability Brown and Humphry Repton. London: J.M. Dent &
Sons, 1971. First edition. "With 40 photographs and Appendices of surviving works."
A fine copy in original pinkish-red cloth, lettered in gilt and decorated (trees
and Greek pavilions) in black; top edge coloured green.
Two-toned green dust
jacket price-clippped, and bright and clean; rear endpaper partly mis-glued
partly affecting last page of index. Excellent study of the work of England's
premier designers of "the picturesque garden."
M'Alpine, D. and A.N. Biological Atlas: A Guide to the
Practical Study of Plants and Animals. Edinburgh; London: Johnston, 1880.
Robinson, Phil. In Garden Orchard & Spinney. London: Isbister, 1897.
Original olive green cloth, with matching textured spine, ruled and
lettered in gilt, top edge gilt; coners and spine ends lightly bumped and rubbed;
tiny snags to joints and "ding" to front fore edge. Bookplate; ink name and date
on front fly leaf; 1 pp. publisher's ad at rear; contents clean and tight. Near
fine. A charming series of nine essays on country life.
Roget, Peter Mark. Animal and Vegetable
Physiology Considered with Reference to Natural Theology. London: William
Pickering, 1834. Bridgewater Treatise, no.V.
Seton, Lady. My Town Garden. London: Nisbet, 1927. First edition. "With an
introduction by Stephen Gwynn." Illustrated with eight photographic plates and
several in-text drawings and diagrams. Original blue-grey cloth, lettered in grey;
with a few sunned patches along bottom edge and spine ends; ink name and date on
front endpaper; edges foxed, extending faintly onto some pages. White dust
jacket, printed in green now somewhat soiled, especially on spine; edgeworn with
short closed tears and several pieces lacking at corners and spine ends. A
near fine copy in good dust jacket
All citations refer to
The Works of Charles Darwin: An Annotated Bibliographical Handlist
by R.B. Freeman, 1977
Darwin, Charles. The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex.
London: John Murray, 1896. Second edition, revised and augmented (thirty-third
thousand). "With Illustrations." Original
green cloth lettered
in gilt on spine and with gilt school-prize armorial crest on both covers and
spine (with ink prize inscription on front front fly); corners and top of
spine bumped and a bit frayed; faint spots to lower front cover. Publisher's
paterned free endpapers age-toned; hinges neatly re-glued; a few pencilled
marginal marks and underlinings, contents otherwise clean. A very good copy.
Irvine, William. Apes, Angels, and Victorians. New York: McGraw-Hill,
1955. Illustrated with eight pages of photographs and prints. Original decorative
ivory boards, with light brown cloth spine, a bit creased at top; price-clipped
yellow and maroon
pictorial dust jacket (Darwin & Huxley
images) a little frayed at spine ends and corners; upper rear panel
creased. A fine copy in near fine dust jacket.
Ward, Henshaw. Charles Darwin: The Man and His Warfare. Indianapolis:
Bobbs-Merrill, 1927. [First edition]. Illustrated with plates showing
Darwin, his family, sites related to his life, etc. A fine copy:
brown cloth bright and clean, gilt-lettering nice and sharp; minor
wear to corners and spine ends. Traces of small label on front endpaper, ink
name on pastedown; contents virtually perfect, many pages still unopened.
Bastian, H. And Then Came Man. London: Museum Press, 1963. First UK
[i.e. English language] edition. "Translated from the German by Desmond I. Vesey,
Edited and with a Foreword by D.H. Dalby." Illustrated with over seventy
photographs, engravings, drawings and maps. Fine, original gilt-lettered green
boards bright and clean. Near fine price-clipped
(antediluvian scene) dust jacket, with light soiling on rear; a few surface
scrapes on front panel, still jacket is bright and attractive. A well presented
account of the early geological and evolutionary history of the earth.
Buckland, William. Geology and
Mineralogy: Considered with Reference to Natural Theology. London: William
Pickering, 1836. Bridgewater Treatise, no.VI.
Monographs and Reports of the United States Geological
Fontaine, William Morris. The Potomac or Younger
Mesozoic Flora. Washington: GPO, 1889. Monographs ..., Vol.XV. In 2 vols.
Marsh, Othniel Charles. Dinocerata ... Washington: GPO,
1886. Monographs, Vol.X.
Upham, Warren. The Glacial Lake Agassiz. Washington: GPO,
1895. Monographs ..., Vol.XXV.
Medicine and Physiology
Goodfield, June. An Imagined World: A Story of Scientific
Discovery. New York: Harper & Row, 1981. First US edition. Blue boards
with red cloth spine; text clean and tight. White pictorial dust jacket, a little
toned on spine; with a few short closed edge tears (one with accompanying creases)
on rear and at tail of spine. A fine copy in near fine dust jacket. A fascinating
account of the day-to-day operations of a lab searching for a cure for cancer.
Graham, Harvey. Surgeons All. London: Rich & Cowan, 1939. First edition.
"With a foreword by Oliver St. John Gogarty." Illustrated with several historical
plates. Red cloth, gilt-lettered on spine, now a bit darkened overall; edges foxed;
corners a touch frayed. Prelims to p. vi creased at right edge; some
foxing throughout; remnants of small paper label and faint ink name on front
endpaper. Very good.
Healde, Thomas. The New Pharmacopoeia of the Royal College of Physicians of
London. London: Printed, by W. Galabin, for T. Longman, 1788. [First edition
in English]. "Translated into English, With Notes, Indexes of New Names,
Preparations, &c. &c." Original blue-grey paper covered boards, now
edgeworn with minor loss, with later spine, now somewhat rubbed and worn;
some sunning and age-spotting. Pastedowns are the memorial page
and last page of text; hinges cracked but holding strong; text somewhat foxed
throughout. A very
good copy of a fascinating look into 18th century medicines and their
preparation ("Take of Peruvian Bark, powdered, two ounces by weight ...
Virginian Snake-root, bruised, three drams by weight ...").
Matland, George Read and Matland, Thomas Collier. The Teeth in Health
and Disease. London: Ward, Lock, 1902. First edition. Illustrated with ninety
in-text anatonical figures of the teeth, gums and mouth. A fine copy in original
burgundy cloth, lettered in
gilt, a bit dulled on spine; a hint of rubbing to corners and spine ends.
Black coated endpapers perfect; minor foxing, especially to title page.
The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, 1979: Fiftieth
Anniversary = Le College Royal des Medecins et Chirugiens du Canada, 1979:
Cinquantieme Anniversaire. St. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec: Harpell's
Co-operative Press, 1979. [First edition]. Presentation copy from
contributor/President. Original gilt stamped buckram with very faint
surface marks. Red white and
blue dust jacket with dampstains at spine and corners; spine sunned. A very
good copy. With fine copy of 1979 annual meeting "Program of Non-Scientific
Activities" laid in.
Thomas, Lewis. The Youngest Science: Notes of a Medicine-Watcher.
New York: Viking Press, 1983. First edition. A fine copy in tan boards with black
cloth spine, neat ink gift inscription on front endpaper and brief note facing
title page; near fine price-clipped cream dust jacket a touch sunned at and near
Thompson, C.J.S. The Mystery and Lore of Monsters. New Hyde Park,
New York: University Books, 1968. [First edition]. "With accounts of some Giants,
Dwarfs and Prodigies." Illustrated with historical images of human oddities,
mostly birth defects ranging from conjoined twins to missing or mis-placed limbs,
together with mythical semi-human creatures such as mermaids. Original red cloth
bright and clean; red
pictorial (various "monsters") dust jacket a bit creased at top of spine,
lower corners, and front folds. A near fine copy.
A Year-Book of Medicine, Surgery and their Allied Sciences, for 1859 [1860, 1862].
London: New Sydenham Society, 1860 [1861, 1863]. 1861 title: "The New Sydenham Society's
Year-Book of ..." Each year edited by a different team. Contains bibliographies
and abstracts (some quite brief) on medical and related subjects, covering the
contents of dozens of British and international professional journals, as well as
reviews of newly published books; a compendium of each year's scientific studies
and thought. Original
blind-stamped brown cloth,
lettered in gilt on spine, and with gilt portrait at center of front cover;
corners bumped, spine ends with a touch of wear; cloth a bit rubbed, but generally
clean. A few hinges cracked yet strong ('59,'62), binder's tickets on rear
pastedown ('59); contents tight and clean. Near fine copies. Years available:
- a) 1859
- b) 1860
- d) 1862
$25 per volume
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Bastian, H. And Then Came Man. London: Museum Press,
1963. First UK [i.e. English language] edition.
Epstein, Sam and Beryl. Prehistoric Animals.
George G. Harrap: London, 1958. First edition.
Desmond, Adrian. Archetypes and Ancestors: Palaeontology in Victorian
London, 1850-1875. London: Blond & Briggs, 1982. First edition.
Illustrated with a few photographs and prints. A fine copy in original blue boards
and matching pictorial (Archegosaurus skull) dust jacket, with just a hint of
sunning to spine. This period "... witnessed a social transformation in science ..."
(c.f. dust jacket).
Fenton, Carroll Lane. Prehistoric World:
Stories of Animal Life in Past Ages. London: Dennis Dobson, 1957. First UK
Fontaine, William Morris. The Potomac or Younger Mesozoic Flora.
Washington: Government Printing Office, 1889. Monographs of the United States
Geological Survey, Vol.XV. In 2 vols (Text & Plates). Illustrated with 180
engraved or photographic plates. Original brown cloth, lettered in gilt on spines;
corners bumped, spine ends creased, light rubbing to ends of joints. Library
bookplates, ink stamps on first page of contents (v.1) and illustrations list
(v.2), no other markings; contents clean and tight. A near fine copy.
Howard, Robert West. The Dawnseekers: The First History of American
Paleontology. New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1975. Second
printing. Illustrated with 16 pp. photographs of early paleontologist, collecting
expeditions and museum workshops. Original black boards with brown cloth spine;
("Preparing Brontotherium gigas, 1900") dust jacket, just a touch
rubbed. A fine copy.
Hutchinson, H.N. Creatures of Other Days: Popular Studies in Palaeontology.
London: Chapman & Hall, 1896. A New and cheaper edition. "With numerous
illustrations by J. Smit and Others" depicting various creatures, fossils and
skeletons. Original green-grey cloth, ruled and decorated (Pareiasaurus) in brown,
lettered on now lightly sunned spine in gilt; lightly rubbed, with a touch of
bubbling on rear cover; spine ends a bit worn, especially at top. Rear hinge
cracked; pages bright and clean. A near fine copy.
Johanson, Donald C. and Edey, Maitland A. Lucy: The Beginnings of
Humankind. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1981. [First edition]. "The dramatic
discovery of our oldest human ancestor - and the controversial change it makes in
our view of human origins." Well illustrated with in-text b/w sketches and
photographs; 8 pp. colour photo section. Brown boards with cloth spine; red-brown
pictorial (Lucy) dust jacket age-toned over all. Fine volume, near fine jacket.
Lister, Adrian and Bahn, Paul. Mammoths. New York: Macmillan, 1994. First
US edition. "Foreword by Jean M. Auel." A fine copy in original black cloth and
black pictorial (Ice Age painting) dust jacket, a touch creased at spine ends.
A wonderfully illustrated work on the these extinct pachyderms, reviewing their
lives and environment and mankind's interaction with them.
Marsh, O.C. Birds With Teeth. Contained in: Powell,
J.W. Third Annual Report ... 1881-'82. Washington: GPO, 1883
Ogle, Richard. Animals of the Past. London:
G. Bell and Sons, 1962. First edition.
Simpson, George Gaylord. Fossils and the History of Life. New York:
Scientific American Books, 1983. [First edition]. One of the excellent
Scientific American Library titles, well illustrated with charts, drawings and
photographs; describes the fossil record and the evolutionary evidence it
provides. Fine copy in original brown cloth; like
fossil) dust jacket a touch sunned on spine.
Stanley, Steven M. Extinction. New York: Scientific American
Library, 1987. [First edition]. Well illustrated with photographs, charts,
diagrams and original art. A fine copy in original silver-lettered brown cloth;
white pictorial (triceratops) dust jacket a touch dusty at edges and lightly
yellowed on spine. #20 in the excellent SciAm Library series of works in various
fields from mathematics and physics to biology and natural history.
Steel, Rodney and Harvey, Anthony P. (eds.). The Encyclopedia of
Prehistoric Life. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1979. First edition. Foreword by
W.E. Swinton. Extensively illustrated, alphabetically arranged series of articles
on extinct creatures, their worlds, and other subjects touching on their study;
16 page glossy colour section of evolutionary and geological time charts. Grey
boards with gilt archaeopteryx on front; lower corners bumped. Price clipped colour
pictorial dust jacket, a bit age-toned and lightly sunned on spine. A near fine
Swinton's Own Copy of Three
of His Works
From the British Museum's Department of Palaeontology Handbook
Swinton, W.E. Fossil Amphibians and Reptiles, Dinosaurs and
Fossil Birds. London: British Museum (Natural History), 1965-67. Fourth
edition (1965), Third edition (1967), and Second edition (1965) respectively.
Hand bound for the author at the University of Toronto Press
(binder's label on front pastedown). Fine in gilt-titled green buckram with
just a hint of rubbing at top of spine; original light card wrappers preserved
(Dinosaurs a bit cropped).
Swinton, W.E. Giants Past and Present. London: Robert Hale, 1966. First
edition. With 26 illustrations on 16 plates. A fine copy in original green cloth
and bright four-colour
pictorial dust jacket. "Dr. Swinton examines giantism among creatures of the
past and present, of water, land and air, and discusses his findings lucidly in
the fascinating account of some of the world's most curious inhabitants" (cf.
See also the Works By and About Charles Darwin list.
Brown, Michael H.. The Search for Eve. New York: Harper & Row,
1990. First edition. Fine copy in green boards with black cloth spine, in
colour pictorial dust
jacket. The story of the search for "Eve", the one common ancestor of all
Clark, Austin H. The New Evolution: Zoogenesis. Baltimore:
Williams & Wilkins, 1930. First edition. Illustrated with over 130 figures,
with detailed explanations. A fine copy in original bright blue cloth lettered in
gilt; corners a touch rubbed; edges very lightly foxed; occassional foxing to
pages. Very good striking
pictorial (stegosaur in silhouette) dust jacket sunned on spine; small
dampstain near hinge on front; 1/4" partly along top edge of front panel and
Colbert, Edwin H. Evolution of the Vertebrates: A History of the
Backboned Animals Through Time. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1980. Third
edition. First published in 1950, this edition is expanded and with additional
illustrations. A near fine copy in brown cloth, nice and bright; pages a bit cockled;
brown pictorial (cave paintings) dust jacket lightly sunned on spine.
Eldredge, Niles. Reinventing Darwin: The Great Evolutionary
Debate. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1995. First edition. As new, in black
boards and pictorial (psychedelic version of Leonardo's man) dust jacket.
Eldredge, Niles. Time Frames: The Rethinking of Darwinian Evolution
and the Theory of Punctuated Equilibria. London: Heinemann, 1986. First
edition. A fine copy in original blue borads. Near fine decorated (abstract
trilobites) price-clipped blue dust jacket sunned to grey at edges and spine.
Gribbin, John and Cherfas, Jeremy. The Monkey Puzzle: Reshaping the
Evolutionary Tree. New York: Pantheon Book, 1982. First American edition.
"A major scientific revision of the theory of human origins and development."
Illustrated with maps, photos and drawings. Beige boards with maroon cloth spine;
contents excellent. Cream dust jacket with minor edge wear; sunned on spine, and
with a bit of dusting on rear; with small faint stain at top front. A fine copy in
near fine dust jacket
Jones, F. Wood. Arboreal Man. London: Edward Arnold, 1916. [First
edition]. Illustrated with over 80 mostly anatomical in-text woodcuts.
Original bright green cloth lettered in now-dulled gilt on slightly darkened spine;
gilt decoration (Sakai tree-climbing) on front still nice and bright;
light rubbing to corners and spine ends. Armorial bookplate; occassional
foxing; 12 pp. September, 1916, publisher's catalogue at rear. A fine
copy of this study of "the probable path by which the Primates and Man
have originated, reviewing the influences that have probably reacted
upon them, but leaving aside the questions as to how the changes have
come into being ..." (cf. Chapter 1).
Taylor, Gordon Rattray. The Great Evolution Mystery. New York:
Harper & Row, 1983. Book club edition. A fine copy, in maroon cloth and
wrapper, both clean and bright. A look at the state of evolutionary
theory, its various forms, and the strengths and weaknesses of the arguments on
all sides of the debate.
Ward, Peter. The End of Evolution: Dinosaurs, Mass Extinction and
Biodiversty. London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1995. First UK edition.
Review slip laid in. Black boards with lower corners bumped; pictorial dust
jacket bright and clean. A fine copy of this study of the three great mass
extinctions: those ending the Precambrian and Paleozoic eras, and the current
man-made biological crisis.
Bertholett, C.L. and A.B. Elements of the Art of Dyeing; With a Description of
the Art of Bleaching by Oxymuriatic Acid. London: Printed for Thomas Tegg
[et al.], 1824. Second edition. "Translated from the French, with notes and
engravings, illustrative and supplementary, by Andrew Ure." Vol.1 (only, of 2).
Illustrated with eight engraved plates (numbered I-VI and 1-2, the former being
"plates furnished by the translator", the latter from the original work), three
of them folding, showing the machinery used and diagraming the processes. An
unusually fine copy in original tan boards with paper label; spine ends at touch
creased, with a hint of splitting at lower joints. Half title and final page
age-toned; a few pages foxed or dusty, contents otherwise clean and tight. A
fascinating look into early manufacturing technology.
Cheney, Margaret. Tesla: Man Out of Time. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.:
Prentice-Hall, 1981. Third printing. "A Full Length Portrait of One of the Most
Brilliant -- and Strangest -- Scientists in History." With 16 pages of photographs
of Tesla and his technology. Original silver boards letered in metallic red;
corners a touch rubbed, spine ends a bit bumped.
Green pictorial (Tesla)
dust jacket sunned on spine, with light wear to corners and head of spine,
more so to tail; with some edge creasing and a couple of short closed edge tears.
A near fine copy of this in-depth biography of a maverick technological pioneer.
Deerr, Noel. Cane Sugar ... London: Norman Rodger, 1911. [First edition].
"A Text-Book on the Agriculture of the Sugar Cane, The Manufacture of Cane Sugar,
and the Analysis of Sugar House Products; together with A Chapter on the
Fermentation of Molasses." Filled with drawings, photographs and diagrams
(including 22 colour plates of cane varieties, etc.), depicting the cultivation
and harvesting of cane, the refinement of sugar and manufacturing of sugar
products. A fine copy in original gilt ruled and lettered green cloth with just
a hint of sunning to spine. Purple ink stamp on front endpaper; text excellent.
Raistrick, Arthur. Quakers in Science and Industry. New York:
Philosophical Library, 1950. [First edition]. "Being an account of the Quaker
contributions to science and industry during the 17th and 18th centuries."
Illustrated with 16 plates, including portraits of major figures and images of
their works. Original red lettered cream cloth bright and clean; lower corners
and top of spine bumped. Bookseller's label on front pastedown; contents clean
and tight. Red and cream
dust jacket lightly edge-worn on front and spine; some dusting on rear. A
fine volume in near fine dust jacket.
The Roads and Railroads, Vehicles, and Modes of Travelling, of Ancient and
Modern Countries. London: John W. Parker, 1839. "With accounts
of bridges, tunnels, and canals, in various parts of the world."
Illustrated with several
full page and in-text cuts. Original blind-stamped green-grey cloth, lettered
in now-dulled gilt on somewhat-soiled spine, lacking 1/4" at top and bottom;
corners a touch worn; a few "dings" to edges. Early replacement of front endpaper;
hinges and text split yet holding firm; light foxing, text a bit thumbed. A very
Talbot, Frederick A. Steamship Conquest of the World. London: William
Heinemann, 1912. [First edition]. Conquest of Science series. Illustrated with
over 100 photographs of ships and shipboard facilities. A fine copy in original
gilt lettered maroon
cloth; tiny faint spot near title; spine ends creased. Contents bright and
tight. "This book ... has been written to show how water transportation has
developed: the present position in the eternal struggle between science and
disaster: the wonderful and rapid growth of the big, express Liner ..."
A Treatise on the Economical Transmission of Power ... by the
Unbreakable Pulley & Mill Gearing Company. A.R. Goldie: Glasgow,
[n.d., ca 1890s]. Eighth edition. Illustrated with engravings of
machinery and parts for sale by the company. Maroon cloth black and
gilt stamped; corners and spine ends bumped and creased. Rear hinge
cracked but strong, text block leaning slightly.
Watson, John. The Theory and Practice of the Art of Weaving by Hand and
Power .... Glasgow: George Watson, 1863. "With calculations and tables,
for the use of those connected with the trade ... Illustrated by drawings of
the best power-looms." Modern 3/4 tan calf and decorative paper, gilt-ruled on
spine and with red leather spine-label. 5 folding plates with extensive
archival tape repairs to folds (due to very poor quality paper); text clean
and tight; library ink stamp at lower corner of title page. A very good copy.
[UFOlogy] Sullivan, Walter. We Are Not Alone: The search for Intelligent Life on Other
Worlds. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1966. Revised edition. With photographic and other illustrations.
A near fine copy in original gilt-lettered midnight blue boards, a touch rubbed at spine ends and
corners; private ownership ink stamp on top edge. Bklue and black price-clipped pictorial (radio
telescope) dust jacket, with minor rubbing to corners and spine ends. A bright clean copy of a book
discussing the possiblity of extra-terrestrial life.
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