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The Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life.
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The Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, or the preservation of favoured races in the struggle for life.

By Darwin, Charles

Sixth edition, forty-fifth thousand, with additions and corrections. John Murray. London. 1894. Half-title, title, xxi, 432pp. Folding plate. Full contemporary calf, spine in six compartments with gilt tooling and leather label. Double gilt border rules to boards. Kingswood School crest gilt vignette with Wyvern to upper board. Edge gilt tooling, inner edge blind tooling. Marbled endpapers. Marbled edges. A little spotting to free endpapers, a little shelf wear, otherwise a crisp and bright handsome copy. No inscriptions. Kingswood School, founded by John Wesley lies in the Lansdown estate of William Beckford, at Fonthill. The sixth edition was the last edition published during Darwin's lifetime, and the first edition in which he used the word "evolution". Darwin made extensive revisions to previous editions, dropped "On" from the title, and added a new chapter VII to address counter arguments, and renumbered subsequent chapters.

$600.80

Letter from Julian Huxley to Professor David Watson
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Letter from Julian Huxley to Professor David Watson

By Huxley, Julian

Typed and handwritten signed letter to "My dear Watson" dated 5th January 1934. 1pp. 20cm x 25cm. King's College Zoological Department headed watermarked notepaper. The advance copy of the book mentioned is Huxley's "Elements of Experimental Embryology" co-written with Gavin de Beer. "I have got a German refugee working here who is getting interesting results with Sabella". The German refugee was Fabius Gross (1906 – 1950) Hitler's Black Book entry: "Since 1934 – Researcher at King's College, London University. Speciality – genetics; experimental cytology; protozoology; experimental zoology." Gross and Huxley published 'Regeneration and reorganisation in Sabella' in 1935. The letter also mentions work with Alexander Wolsky and C. J. Bond. Handwritten note in pencil to verso: "Touting for signatures for candidature for Roy Soc". Nominated for candidature many times from the 1920's, and failing each time, it was not until 1938 that Huxley was eventually admitted as a Fellow. The tone of the comment may indicate the fundamental opposition of those who D'Arcy Thompson called "Herr Direktor and Herr Professor" in a letter to Huxley in May 1934. [Huxley Papers] A previously unrecorded letter. Sir Julian Sorell Huxley FRS (1887 - 1975) British evolutionary biologist, philosopher. Professor David Meredith Seares Watson FRS, FGS, HFRSE LLD (1886 – 1973) Jodrell Professor of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy at University College London. Ref. Jaenicke, L. "Fabius Gross (1906 – 1950), a protistologist almost lost from history"

$133.51

Handwritten letter to \
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Handwritten letter to "Jack": [J. B. S. Haldane]

By Huxley, Julian

Handwritten signed letter from Julian Huxley to "Jack" [J. B. S. Haldane] dated November 10 '52. Notepaper with printed heading 31 Pond Street, Hampstead. 17cm x 20cm. 2pp. Congratulating Haldane on receiving the Darwin Medal from the Royal Society. Lengthy additional discussion about the delayed publication and editorial requirements of 'Evolution as a Process', with suggestions for additions to Haldane's contribution to the work, which was published in 1954. Edited by Huxley, together with A. C Hardy and H. B. Ford, both of whom are mentioned in the letter, Haldane's contributory essay being 'Statics of evolution'. Huxley and Haldane were close friends and undoubtedly the best known British biologists of the early twentieth century. A previously unrecorded letter. Sir Julian Huxley FRS (1887 - 1975) British evolutionary biologist, philosopher. John Burdon Sanderson Haldane FRS (1892 - 1964) Julian Huxley's brother Aldous Huxley described him as "the biologist too absorbed in his experiments to notice his friends bedding his wife".

$133.51

Modern microscopy. A handbook for beginners, in two parts
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Modern microscopy. A handbook for beginners, in two parts

By Cross, M. I. & Cole, Martin J.

First edition. Bailliere, Tindall and Cox. London. 1893. xii, 13-104pp, (2), 42 page publisher's catalogue dated 1893. Engraved frontispiece, 29 further engravings. Original maroon cloth, gilt and blind lettering to upper board. Publisher's emblem to lower board. Corners and extremities of spine slightly rubbed. Green endpapers showing minor splits to gutter, but firm. No inscriptions. A nice crisp copy.

$40.05

Medical contributions to the study of evolution
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Medical contributions to the study of evolution

By Adami, J. G.

First edition. Duckworth and Co. London. 1918. Octavo. xviii, 372pp. 7 plates, 20 text illus. Original green cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Spine relaid. Endpapers renewed. Corners rubbed and slightly bumped. John George Adami (1862 - 1926) FRS, FRSE, CBE, LL.D., "qualified in medicine at Manchester and in 1892 was appointed professor of pathology at McGill University. At the invitation of the Royal College of Physicians (in London) he delivered the Croonian Lectures in 1917. He chose the title 'Adaptation and disease; the contribution of medical research to the study of evolution'. Adami believed that medical work had brought to light important facts about heredity that had not been communicated adequately to biological scientists. He used the lectures to describe this work, placing particular emphasis on his contention that acquired characters are inherited." M. Buttolph Journal of Medical Biography 2010.

$166.89

Sir Henry Wentworth Acland, Bart. K.C.B., F.R.S. Regius Professor of Medicine in the University of Oxford. A Memoir.
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Sir Henry Wentworth Acland, Bart. K.C.B., F.R.S. Regius Professor of Medicine in the University of Oxford. A Memoir.

By Atlay, J. B. [Acland, Sir Henry Wentworth]

First edition. Smith, Elder & Co. London. 1903. Octavo. viii, 507pp. Frontis., 5 further plates. Original cloth, gilt lettering to spine. Pages untrimmed. Occasional spotting, foxing to the tissue guards to the plates. Publisher's slip tipped in to fep. Corner cut from ffep. Signature to verso ffep. Sir Henry Ackland (1815 - 1900) Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford from 1857 - 1894. Radcliffe LIbrarian and the first Harveian Orator to deliver the oration in English.

$66.76

Chronicles of pharmacy. Volumes I & II.
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Chronicles of pharmacy. Volumes I & II.

By Wootton, A. C.

First edition. Macmillan and Co. London. 1910. Two volumes. Octavo. xii, 428pp; (3), 332pp. 74 illustrations. Original cloth, gilt lettering and rules to spine. Top edge gilt. Untrimmed, partially unopened. Endpapers toned. "Presentation Copy" blind stamp to lower margin of title Vol. I. No inscriptions. A bright handsome set. Garrison and Morton 2045. Alfred Charles Wootton (1866 -1909) Editor of the "Chemist and Druggist". "The art of the apothecary" from antiquity, "In the course of ages they became associated with magic, with theology, with alchemy, with crimes and conscious frauds, with the strangest fancies, and dogmas, and delusions, and with the severest science."

$53.40

The modern dowser
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The modern dowser

By France, Le Viscomte Henry de (Bell, A. H. transl.)

G. Bell & Sons. London. 1930. xv, 135pp. Photo frontis., text illustrations. Original cloth, gilt to spine. Original protected unclipped dust wrapper, slightly spotted, faded and chipped to edges, short closed tear to corner. Text lightly toned.

$40.05

Philosophical Experiments: Containing Useful, and Necessary Instructions for such as undertake long Voyages at Sea. Shewing how Sea-Water may be made Fresh and Wholsome: And how Freshwater may be preserv’d Sweet. How Biscuit, Corn, &c. may be secured from the Weevel, Meggots, and other Insects. And Flesh preserv’d in hot Climates, by Salting Animals whole. To which is added, An Account of several Experiments and Observations on Chalybeate or Steel-Waters: With some Attempts to convey them to distant Places, preserving their Virtue to a greater Degree than has hitherto been done. Likewise a Proposal for cleaning away Mud, &c. out of Rivers, Harbours, and Reservoirs.
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Philosophical Experiments: Containing Useful, and Necessary Instructions for such as undertake long Voyages at Sea. Shewing how Sea-Water may be made Fresh and Wholsome: And how Freshwater may be preserv’d Sweet. How Biscuit, Corn, &c. may be secured from the Weevel, Meggots, and other Insects. And Flesh preserv’d in hot Climates, by Salting Animals whole. To which is added, An Account of several Experiments and Observations on Chalybeate or Steel-Waters: With some Attempts to convey them to distant Places, preserving their Virtue to a greater Degree than has hitherto been done. Likewise a Proposal for cleaning away Mud, &c. out of Rivers, Harbours, and Reservoirs.

By Hales, Stephen

First edition. Printed for W. Innys and R. Manby, at the West End of St Paul's; and T. Woodward, at the Half-Moon between the Temple-Gates, in Fleet-Street. London. 1739. Octavo. Half title; imprim. Hans Sloane Pr. Reg. Soc. dated March 29, 1739; Title; xxx, (1) errata; 163; engraved plate; (6) index; (2) printer's catalogue. Later half calf, marbled boards, spine in six compartments with raised bands, gilt rules, leather label, gilt lettering. Renewed endpapers. A crisp and bright copy. Occasional smudges/spotting. Stephen Hales (1677-1761) FRS, Royal Academy of Sciences. This volume was published at the expense of the Royal Society, and for which he received the Copley Medal for outstanding achievements in this research.

$640.85

The Northern Goldfields Diaries of Thomas Baines. First Journey 1869-1870. First Journey 1870-1871. Second Journey 1871-1872.
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The Northern Goldfields Diaries of Thomas Baines. First Journey 1869-1870. First Journey 1870-1871. Second Journey 1871-1872.

By Baines, Thomas (Wallis, J. P. R. ed)

Presentation Edition, limited to fifty copies of which this is Number 46. Printed for the Government of Southern Rhodesia at the University Press, Glasgow. Chatto & Windus. London. 1946. 3 volumes. 4to. xxxviii, 277pp. 4 colour plates, 5 half-tone plates, 2 folding maps; viii, -598pp. 3 colour plates, 12 half tone plates, folding map; viii, -855pp. 8 half tone plates, 2 maps (one folding). Original blue leather, gilt to spines and to board armorial vignettes. Slightly faded to spines, bumped and rubbed. Top edges gilt. Edges untrimmed. Provenance: Bookplates of Sir Campbell Stuart G.C.M.G K.B.E to ffeps. Sir Campbell Stuart (1885-1972) 'His tall, lean figure and eager, expressive face, quick to break into smiles, were familiar in Embassies and drawing-rooms in Mayfair and in Montreal, Cape Town and other centres of the old Empire' (The Times, 15 Sept 1972). At dinner parties at his seventeenth-century Highgate house, The Grove, he brought together leading figures from the worlds of journalism, diplomacy, and business. He undoubtedly did things in style. ODNB.

$267.02

A history of Worcestershire agriculture and rural evolution
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A history of Worcestershire agriculture and rural evolution

By Gaut, R. C.

Printed by Littlebury & Company Ltd. The Worcester Press. Worcester. 1939. Octavo. xvi, 490pp. Original brown cloth, black lettering to spine and upper board. Slightly rubbed. Occasional spotting.

$33.38

A course of physico-theological lectures upon the state of the world, from the Creation to the Deluge
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A course of physico-theological lectures upon the state of the world, from the Creation to the Deluge

By Miln, Robert

First edition. Printed for J Milliken: And sold by R Faulder, Bookseller, London. Carlisle. 1786. 8vo. xxiv, (1), 383pp. Contemporary tree calf, gilt rules and leather label to spine. Corners bumped and joints cracked, but firm. Title excised to upper margin, no loss of text. 17pp subscriber list including J Priestley, Wm Cullen and William Paley, with unnumbered page of subscribers not present in all copies. Toned throughout, with some spotting. Small ink stain to edges. Signature to title page. Barely legible note dated 1832, with the name Matthias Ferguson … "come Holy Spirit" loosely inserted: Ferguson marked neatly with pencil in subscribers list. Miln's reconciliation of recent geological discoveries and scripture: the chapter "To build an Ark" carefully evaluates the practicalities. Paley's own work was published 8 years later.

$267.02

Tables for ascertaining the strength of spirits with Sikes’s Hydrometer; with an abstract of The Act of Parliament. By Authority of Parliament
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Tables for ascertaining the strength of spirits with Sikes’s Hydrometer; with an abstract of The Act of Parliament. By Authority of Parliament

By Long, Joseph

Printed for the Proprietor. London. 1843. Octavo. Unpaginated [114pp]. Contemporary full tree calf. Gilt lettering, motifs, floral embellishment, rules and dentelles. Brass clasp. Marbled endpapers. Bumped to corners. Some browning. "Made and Sold by T Bedwell, Mathematical and Philosophical Instrument Maker…" tipped in to title page, over Joseph Long. Final page partially relaid. Joseph Long, mathematical, optical and hydrometer instrument maker. The mathematical instrument maker Thomas Bedwell was established in the sixteenth century.

$200.27

Observations on the epidemical diseases in Minorca. From the Year 1744, to 1749. To which is prefixed, a Short Account of the Climate, Productions, Inhabitants, and Endemial Distempers, of the Island.
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Observations on the epidemical diseases in Minorca. From the Year 1744, to 1749. To which is prefixed, a Short Account of the Climate, Productions, Inhabitants, and Endemial Distempers, of the Island.

By Cleghorn, George

Fourth edition. Printed for T. Cadell and G. Robinson. London. 1779. Octavo. Lacking half-title, xxiv, 311pp. Full calf, spine relaid, original boards showing small areas of surface wear. Spine in six compartments with raised bands, gilt lettering, blind tooling and leather label. Hinges reinforced. Occasional spotting. Medical Society of London stamp to title; 'Withdrawn By The Wellcome Library' to verso. Cleghorn, George (1716–1789), physician. Stationed in Minorca 1736-1749. The comprehensive introduction which covers the Minorquines, festivals, witchcraft and evil, climate, agriculture, wine, minerals, the natural history of the island, lists of plants and animals, together with the native names of several species, is followed by seven chapters on epidemical diseases, plus weather and Meteorological tables. ESTC N10137

$373.83

Apollo Original Embleme. NASA Original Emblem. Erinnerungen an der heroischen Anfang der Raumfahrtgeschichte
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Apollo Original Embleme. NASA Original Emblem. Erinnerungen an der heroischen Anfang der Raumfahrtgeschichte

By Stanek, Bruno

Herausgegeben von Arthur Schmid. Romanshorn. Switzerland. Quarto. Hard covered arch file, printed in silver, pvc sleeve inserts for each page. 38pp. 14 tipped in photos. 17 embroidered unbacked original mission emblems tipped in: NASA, Apollo 1, 7-17; Skylab I-III, Apollo-Sojus, plus the NASA original embroidered emblem. Foreword by Dr. Bruno Stanek, with descriptions to each emblem in German. Unterschriften der ersten sieben Astronauten reproduced. All in fine condition. Dr Bruno Stanek (1943 - ) Mathematician, TV presenter and space travel expert. Swiss technical commentator on the Apollo programme.

$267.02

An elementary text-book of The Microscope; including a description of the methods of preparing and mounting objects, etc.
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An elementary text-book of The Microscope; including a description of the methods of preparing and mounting objects, etc.

By Griffith, J. W.

John Van Voorst. London. 1864. First edition. 8vo. v, (2), 192pp + 16pp publishers adverts bound in to rear. Hand coloured frontis., 11 further hand coloured plates. Original cloth, gilt to spine, decoratively embossed to covers. Spine faded, rubbed with wear to extremities.

$60.08

British wild flowers. Illustrated by John E. Sowerby. Described, with an introduction and a key to the natural orders.
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British wild flowers. Illustrated by John E. Sowerby. Described, with an introduction and a key to the natural orders.

By Johnson, C. Pierpoint, Sowerby, John E. & Salter, John W.

8vo. xlix, 186pp. Hand coloured frontis., 89 hand coloured plates, 2 further engraved plates. Half morocco. Spine in five compartments with raised bands gilt rules, swags and lettering. Rubbed to extremities. All edges marbled. Booksellers plate to fep.: Griffiths, Deansgate, Manchester. Signature Griffiths in pencil to title. Dedication tipped to ffep. Lightly toned. A handsome copy. The second edition, greatly enlarged, with additional plates.

$166.89

A Treatise on the Culture of the Vine, exhibiting new and advantageous methods of propagating, cultivating, and training that plant, so as to render it absolutely fruitful.  Together with New Hints on the Formation of Vineyards in England.
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A Treatise on the Culture of the Vine, exhibiting new and advantageous methods of propagating, cultivating, and training that plant, so as to render it absolutely fruitful. Together with New Hints on the Formation of Vineyards in England.

By Speechly, William

The second edition with additions. Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme. London. [nd.] G. Woodfall, Printer, Paternoster Row to verso of half title. Octavo. xv, 300, (21), (bl.), (1), (1)pp. 6 folding engraved plates. Later half calf, marbled boards, spine in six compartments, leather label, gilt lettering, rules and embellishment. Short closed fold tear to Plate I. Toned with some light offsetting of plates, foxing/browning to index. This edition has an additional folding plate to the 1790 edition, plus additional material. There is some conflict between authorities in dating this edition. Bibliotheca Vinaria dates this enlarged edition to 1789, presumably from the dated preface. Conforming to N67167, ESTC dates this edition 1790?. University of Bath Library dates it 1789. The New York Botanical Mertz Library copy dates it 1789 by preface. The plates hold the key, as they are each dated September 1, 1805. Significant to the library of the vine. A handsome volume. William Speechly (1723 – 1819), gardener to the Duke of Portland at Welbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire. ODNB.

$467.29

The Laboratory; or School of Arts
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The Laboratory; or School of Arts

By Smith, G[odfrey]

Printed for James Hodges. Fourth edition, with additional section on Perspective. 1755. 8vo. [6], 352, [8]pp. Unusual allegorical frontispiece depicts a multi-breasted goddess with winged caduceus, holding the sun and the hand of philosophy with bridled lion, engraved by James Hulett, 16 further copper plates of which 2 are folding (V mis-numbered VI). Later full calf, spine in six compartments with raised bands, leather labels, gilt and blind tooling. Short fold tear to one plate. Closed short tear to p.157/8. Slight chips to corners of frontispiece. Some browning and offsetting. The Laboratory; or School of Arts: in which are Faithfully Exhibited, and fully Explained, A variety of curious and valuable Experiments in Refining, Calcining, Melting, Assaying, Casting, Alloying, and Toughening of Gold; with several other Curiosities relating to Gold and Silver. Choice secrets for Jewellers in the Management of Gold; in Enamelling, and the Preparation of Enamel Colours, with the Art of Copying precious Stones; of preparing colours for Doublets; of Colouring Foyles for Jewels; together with other rare Secrets. Several uncommon Experiments for Casting in Silver, Copper, Brass, Tin, Steel, and other Metals; Likewise in Wax, Plaster of Paris, Wood, Horn, &c. With the Management of the respective Moulds. The Art of making Glass: Exhibiting withal the Art of Painting and making Impressions upon Glass, and of laying thereon Gold or Silver; together with the Method of preparing the Colours for Potters Work, or Delf Ware. A collection of very valuable Secrets, for the use of Cutlers, Pewterers, Brasiers, Joiners, Turners, Japanners, Book Binders, Distillers, Lapidaries, Limners, &c. together with the Art of Marbling Books or Paper. A Dissertation on the Nature and Growth of Salt-petre; Also, several other choice and uncommon Chymical Experiments. The Art of preparing Rockets, Crackers, Fire Globes, Stars, Sparks, &c. for Recreative Fire Works. The Art and Management of Dying Silks, Worsteds, Cotton, &c in various Colours. With Additions of a great Number of invaluable Receipts; particularly, a short, plain and easy Introduction to the Art of drawing in Perspective. "Godfrey Smith published a substantial collection of recipes for making fireworks in his Laboratory, or School of Arts"*. He also published and illustrated the Memoirs of the Royal Society. *Werrett, Simon. Fireworks: Pyrotechnic Arts and Sciences in European History. Chicago. 2010. ESTC: T7211

$467.29

View of the Agriculture of Middlesex; with observations on the means of its improvement, and several essays on agriculture in general, drawn up for the consideration of The Board of Agriculture.
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View of the Agriculture of Middlesex; with observations on the means of its improvement, and several essays on agriculture in general, drawn up for the consideration of The Board of Agriculture.

By Middleton, John

First edition. Printed for B. MacMillan for G. Nicol, Pall Mall. 1798. Octavo. Half title, title, xvii, (1: errata), 597pp. 2 hand coloured folding maps, one folding table. Later utilitarian quarter calf, spine in six compartments with raised bands with uneven black rules, gilt lettering, sl. rubbed to head and foot; slightly marked cloth boards. All edges speckled. Apart from a little light sporadic foxing a nice crisp clean copy. John Middleton (1751 – 1833), surveyor, pioneering and inventive agriculturist, commissioner for enclosures. "The best of all the [board's] surveys of English Counties'". ODNB. An all-encompassing work in the spirit of the age, including the state of property, commons and enclosures, arable land and crops grown, gardens and orchards, copses, woods, plantations, hedge-rows and oziers, livestock, rural economy, political economy, markets, commerce, trade, population, legislation, weights and measures, improvement, waste-land, manufactures, distilleries. Pre-Ricardo and Corn Laws analysis of corn and "manufacture of wheat". 108 of the 208 parishes lay within the City of London, of which there is an invaluable account from that time. ESTC: T50760

$133.51

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