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A search for a planet beyond Neptune. By William H. Pickering, assistant professor of astronomy in the Observatory
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A search for a planet beyond Neptune. By William H. Pickering, assistant professor of astronomy in the Observatory

By William Henry Pickering, 1858-1938, astronomer

First edition (only edition), describing "Perturbations at present unexplained, indicating the existence of a trans-neptunian planet having a mass twice that of the Earth" (Annals 75.2 [1913] 240). -- Pluto was discovered in 1930, but Pickering's work suggested a large group of bodies. Recent studies have indeed discovered two groups of asteroid-like objects beyond Neptune. -- -- Collation: Quarto (299 x 247 mm, 11¾ x 9¾ inches): Fifty-six leaves, paginated [109]-162 [163-164 blank], complete as issued. Diagrams, charts, tables. Binding: Printed wrappers, as issued. Condition: Remarkably fine, as shown. (Series: Annals of the astronomical observatory of Harvard College [1855- ] volume 61, part 2.) -- References: W. G. Hoyt "W. H. Pickering's planetary predictions and the discovery of Pluto", Isis 69 (1978) 551-64; P. M. Sadler "William Pickering's search for a planet beyond Neptune", Journal for the history of astronomy 21 (1990) 59-64; Sotheran 2064246n.

$220.00

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"Surely you’re joking, Mr. Feynman!" Adventures of a curious character. [By] Richard P. Feynman, as told to Ralph Leighton; edited by Edward Hutchings

By Richard Phillips Feynman, 1918-1988

Original edition (hardcover, dust-jacket) inscribed to his piano-tuner and signed "Richard P. Feynman" in black ball-pen ink on the half-title (page [1]). -- See J. C. Bryner "Stiff-string theory: Richard Feynman on piano tuning", Physics today December 1990, pages 46-49. -- -- Collation: 209 x 140 mm (8¼ x 5½ inches): 176 leaves, paginated [1-7] 8-350 [351-352], including the genuine blank leaf at end (pages [351-352]). Binding: Publisher's quarter Caltech-orange cloth lettered in gilt, orange boards, plain wove endpapers, no headbands, all edges trimmed and plain. Pictorial dust-jacket dated "1-85", priced $16.95. Condition: Very good, apparently unread; dust-jacket very good, price intact. Full description on request.

$6500.00

Second catalogue of variable stars. By Annie J. Cannon, assistant in the Observatory, under the direction of Edward C. Pickering, director of the Observatory. [See Sobel \'The glass universe\' 125 &c]
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Second catalogue of variable stars. By Annie J. Cannon, assistant in the Observatory, under the direction of Edward C. Pickering, director of the Observatory. [See Sobel 'The glass universe' 125 &c]

By Cannon, Annie Jump, 1863-1941, astronomer

First edition (only edition), the largest catalogue of its kind to date. Thirty-percent discount to anyone who pays me in the new Annie Cannon $1 coins, USMint dot gov. -- "Besides the facts usually given regarding each star, the class of variable, the spectrum, and the designation are given. . . . Much additional information is given in the Remarks following the Catalogue." (Annals 75.2 [1913] 234–35.) -- Scarce on the market. -- -- Collation: Quarto (300 x 248 mm, 11¾ x 9¾ inches): Fifty leaves, paginated [i-vi], [1]-94, complete as issued. Numerous tables. Binding: Printed wrappers. Condition: Spine worn, lower wrapper lost. (Series: Annals of the astronomical observatory of Harvard College [1855- ], volume 55, part 1.) -- References: Bailey 172; Sobel 125, 276. OCLC (WorldCat) 21578195.

$180.00

Contents of volumes I to LXXV
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Contents of volumes I to LXXV

By Harvard College. Astronomical Observatory, 1839-. Annals

First edition (only edition) of this important bibliography, giving not just the authors and titles of all 212 individual volumes and parts 1855-1913, but also descriptions of their contents and some hints at their importance. It also identifies the authors of a number of works published anonymously. (Series: Annals of the Astronomical Observatory of Harvard College [1855- ], volume 75, part 2.) The present copy is lightly annotated in pencil on pages 210-14, perhaps at Harvard, perhaps about 1920, updating the checklist slightly, and noting that this Contents itself is now "Out of print".

$65.00

Je est un autre. [Exposition Arthur Rimbaud, 1854–1891]

By Smith, Patti, b. 1946.) Palais des Beaux Arts = Paleis voor Schone Kunsten, Brussels

First edition, published simultaneously in French (as here) and in Flemish (Dutch); including correspondence with Patti Smith, in English, about her participation in Rimbaud's sesquicentenary 2004, and a reproduction of her portrait "St. Rimbaud 1973", pages 80–[91]. Inscribed "To Marshal Pierce" and signed "Patti Smith | NYC" on the title-page (page 3). Marshal Lawrence Pierce (b. 1961) published the fictional Lost diaries of Jim Morrison 2003. -- Spine title: Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891): Une saison en enfer. Cover title: Passeport. -- References: OCLC 799201252 &c. Not in Byler-Mills!

$550.00

Je est un autre. [Tentoonstelling Arthur Rimbaud, 1854–1981]

By Smith, Patti, b. 1946.) Paleis voor Schone Kunsten = Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels

First edition, published simultaneously in Flemish (as here) and in French; including correspondence with Patti Smith, in English, about her participation in Rimbaud's sesquicentenary 2004, and a reproduction of her portrait "St. Rimbaud 1973", pages 80-[91]. Inscribed "To Marshal Pierce" and signed "Patti Smith | X" on the title-page (page 3). Marshal Lawrence Pierce (b. 1961) published the fictional Lost diaries of Jim Morrison 2003. -- Spine title: Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891): Une saison en enfer. Cover title: Paspoort. -- References: Byler-Mills b1194710; OCLC 57149177.

$650.00

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"Spencer sweet peas / Shirley Temple"

By Stecher-Traung Lithograph Company (1933-66)

The original watercolor for one of Stecher-Traung's beloved seed-packets. — The 'Spencer' sweet pea is associated with Althorp in Northants: It was the fifth earl's gardener, Silas Cole, who noticed the new variety there in 1898, named it Countess Spencer, and sent 2200 seeds to America in 1903 — ancestors, I suppose, of the individuals pictured here.

$130.00

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"Sweet peas (Spencer mixed)"

By Stecher-Traung Lithograph Company (1933-66)

The original watercolor for one of Stecher-Traung's beloved seed-packets. — The 'Spencer' sweet pea is associated with Althorp in Northants: It was the fifth earl's gardener, Silas Cole, who noticed the new variety there in 1898, named it Countess Spencer, and sent 2200 seeds to America in 1903 — ancestors, I suppose, of the individuals pictured here.

$130.00

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"Light pink [sweet peas] (Spencer)"

By Stecher-Traung Lithograph Company (1933-66)

The original watercolor for one of Stecher-Traung's beloved seed-packets. — The 'Spencer' sweet pea is associated with Althorp in Northants: It was the fifth earl's gardener, Silas Cole, who noticed the new variety there in 1898, named it Countess Spencer, and sent 2200 seeds to America in 1903 — ancestors, I suppose, of the individuals pictured here.

$130.00

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"Red [sweet peas] (Spencer)"

By Stecher-Traung Lithograph Company (1933-66)

The original watercolor for one of Stecher-Traung's beloved seed-packets. — The 'Spencer' sweet pea is associated with Althorp in Northants: It was the fifth earl's gardener, Silas Cole, who noticed the new variety there in 1898, named it Countess Spencer, and sent 2200 seeds to America in 1903 — ancestors, I suppose, of the individuals pictured here.

$130.00

Maxima and minima of variable stars of long period. By Annie J. Cannon, assistant in the Observatory, under the direction of Edward C. Pickering, director of the Observatory. [See Sobel \'The glass universe\' 124-25 &c]
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Maxima and minima of variable stars of long period. By Annie J. Cannon, assistant in the Observatory, under the direction of Edward C. Pickering, director of the Observatory. [See Sobel 'The glass universe' 124-25 &c]

By Cannon, Annie Jump, 1863-1941, astronomer

First edition (only edition), containing "all the published maxima and minima of these stars, including date, Julian Day, observed magnitude, reference and comparison with an ephemeris. Also, a Supplement, which with the tables on pages 7 and 88 contains all the stars known to be variable on December 10, 1909. They contain 2,434 variables of which 514 are found in clusters. Adding to these 1,791 found in the Magellanic Clouds, we have a total of 4,225, of which 3,260, or rather more than three fourths, have been found at Harvard." (Annals 75.2 [1913] 235.) -- Rare in the original wrappers. -- Thirty-percent discount to anyone who pays me in the new Annie Cannon $1 coins, USMint dot gov. -- -- Collation: Quarto (300 x 248 mm, 11¾ x 9¾ inches): One hundred leaves, paginated [95]-291 [292-294 blank], complete as issued. Numerous tables. Binding: Printed wrappers. Condition: Very good, wrappers slightly worn. (Series: Annals of the astronomical observatory of Harvard College [1855- ] volume 55, part 2.) -- References: Bailey (1931) 177; Sobel (2016) 124–25 &c. OCLC (WorldCat) 18731400.

$280.00

The pleasure of finding things out [UNCORRECTED PAGE PROOF]
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The pleasure of finding things out [UNCORRECTED PAGE PROOF]

By Feynman, Richard Phillips, 1918-1988

First edition, advance uncorrected proof issued about one month before the finished book (October 1999), which was reimposed. Rare on the market. Compare e Bay 382596775844 (12 December 2018, another posthumous Feynman proof) sold at $850. -- Collation: 210 x 137 mm, 8¼ x 5¼ inches: 152 leaves paginated (pi)[1–4], [i]–[xvii] [xviii blank], [1]–274 [275–282 blank]. Nine line-illustrations (diagrams, facsimiles). Binding: Printed wrappers. Condition: As new.

$650.00

“Bruce Springsteen: The Boss is a Libra!”
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“Bruce Springsteen: The Boss is a Libra!”

By (Springsteen, Bruce, b. 1949.) Jawer, Jeff, 1946-2015

First edition (only edition), including four pages (about 1200 words) and four halftone illustrations (portraits) devoted to Springsteen. The author was a lifelong professional astrologer, and well regarded, living at the time in Noe Valley. Excessively rare, not in Monmouth. OCLC locates one copy only. -- Collation: In 32 (177 x 128 mm, 7 x 5 inches): 32 leaves paginated [i-ii], [1]-[62]. Binding: Pictorial self-wrappers (portrait of Springsteen), wire-stitched as issued. Condition: Very good. References: OCLC (WorldCat) 55506099 (SFPL only). Not in ViaLibri 2018.12. Unknown to Google 2018.12 (really).

$350.00

Hokhmat ha-milhamah
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Hokhmat ha-milhamah

By Sun Tzu (pinyin Sunzi or Sun Zi, Japanese Sonshi), 6th–5th century BC

First edition in Hebrew, translated by Ephraim Broido (1912–1994), probably from Giles, and published by IDF. This copy belonged to Hashomer Hatzair (the young guard) at kibbutz Mesilot, where it was certainly needed: Iraq had bombed the place in 1948, and terrorists attacked again in 1957. —— Collation: In 8s (167 × 120 mm, 6½ × 4¾ inches): Forty-one leaves paginated [i–ii], [1]–[80]. Twenty-four martial vignettes. Binding: Publisher's quarter green cloth lettered in gilt, textured boards blocked in red, pictorial endpapers (Great Wall, after Shalom Ben-Zvi), all edges trimmed and plain, as issued. Condition: Shaken, else very good as shown. References: NLI 002022661 (one copy); OCLC (WorldCat) 123312082 (Stanford) &c. —— Provenance: Hashomer Hatzair, Mesilot nr Nazareth.

$180.00

The art of war: Military manual written about BC 510, the original Chinese text appended. Translated, with an introduction, by Cheng Lin [pinyin Zheng Lin]
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The art of war: Military manual written about BC 510, the original Chinese text appended. Translated, with an introduction, by Cheng Lin [pinyin Zheng Lin]

By Sun Tzu (pinyin Sunzi or Sun Zi, Japanese Sonshi), 6th–5th century BC

¶ Third and last edition of this translation, which was the first attempted by a native speaker of Chinese. The first edition (Chungking 1945) is practically unobtainable. —— Cover title: The art of war. By Suen Wuu. Series: Sino-international library, no. [1]. —— Collation: 208 × 150 mm (8¼ × 6 inches): 30 leaves, paginated left to right (pi)[1–6], i–iii [iv blank], 1–29 [30 blank], right to left (2pi)[1–2], (3pi)1–4 [5] [6 blank], 1–12. Collated perfect.. Binding: Printed wrappers. Condition: Very good, slightly chipped. References: Sunzi / Griffith (1963) 182; Vittinghoff (2001) 179. OCLC 49038763 (Ann Arbor, Berkeley, and Stanford only).

$350.00

Britain & Japan: Biographical portraits. Volume viii, compiled and edited by Hugh Cortazzi

By (Sun Tzu [pinyin Sunzi or Sun Zi, Japanese Sonshi], 6th–5th century BC.) (Calthrop, Everard Ferguson, 1876–1915, translator.) The Japan Society (London)

First edition, including a "very good and informative article" by Sebastian Dobson (Sheffield) on E. F. Calthrop, the first English translator of Sun Tzu on The art of war 1905, 1908. —— Collation: Thick octavo (228 × 143 mm, 9 × 5½ inches), paginated [i]–xxxvi, 1–768 [769–772 blank]. Numerous portraits, illustrations. Binding: Publisher's brown boards lettered in gilt, plain wove endpapers, all edges trimmed and plain, as issued. Color-pictorial dust-jacket not priced, as issued. Condition: As new.

$120.00

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"Sonshi: The Chinese military classic. Translated from the original Chinese-Japanese by Major H. R. Gosman . . ."

By Sun Tzu (pinyin Sunzi or Sun Zi, Japanese Sonshi), 6th–5th century BC

First edition (only edition), the FIRST AMERICAN TRANSLATION of Sun Tzu on The art of war, little known and very scarce on the market. The translator was George Henry Rankin Gosman (1876–1958), MD, of Brooklyn (New York), US military attaché at Tokyo 1911–15. This was the only American translation of Sun Tzu for two generations, till 1963. The present copy belonged to the AGF library under Lesley McNair, whom Marshall called "the brains of the army". —— Collation (volume 56, offered complete): [i–iv], [1]–408 pages. Collated perfect. Binding: Red buckram lettered in gilt. Condition: Very good. —— Provenance: (1) US Coast Artillery School (1907–46) library, at Fort Monroe (Hampton, Virginia), accession no. 29155, typical stamps; (2) US Army Ground Forces (1942–48) library, Army War College (Washington, DC), accession no. A7343, bookplate, spine label.

$2200.00

Shaping Eyre: Charlotte Brontë's classic novel in 200 objects: A Rare Book School exhibition curated [sic] by Barbara Heritage. The Rotunda . . . , 15 September 2016 to 15 April 2017

By Rare Book School (Charlottesville, Virginia)

First edition (only edition), signed by the curator. Seventy-two pages, fourteen full-page and seven half-page color illustrations. OCLC (WorldCat) 1032263573. Not in Parsonage.

$45.00

Tzeïn Eür.
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Tzeïn Eür.

By Brontë, Charlotte, 1816-1855

First edition of the second Jane Eyre in Greek, first issue (priced 4000 drachmae). The translator was probably Vasilis Rotas (1889-1977), after Harry Glickman 1947. The upper cover depicts not Jane but Rochester's mad wife Bertha. Sold as is.

$65.00

Autograph Letter signed, concerning the manuscript of \'First four minutes\' (1955)
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Autograph Letter signed, concerning the manuscript of 'First four minutes' (1955)

By Bannister, Sir Roger Gilbert, 1929-2018

One page oblong 12mo, fifty-five words signed "Roger Bannister", written in blue ink on Bannister's headed cardstock, verso blank, accompanied by the original autograph envelope.

$2200.00

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