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Eureka

Eureka

by Edward De Bono

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The New How It Works

by Inc H S Stuttman

Inventions Books & Ephemera

Eureka! An Illustrated History of Inventions from the Wheel to the Computer

Eureka! An Illustrated History of Inventions from the Wheel to the Computer

by Bono, Edward De (edited by)

Great Britain: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1974. binding and textblock extremely clean and tight; light edge wear to jacket; unclipped dust jacket; no markings or highlighting; outside edges of pages lightly curved due to slight water damage; 248pp including index. Cloth. Very Good+/Very Good. Illus. by Photographs, Drawings, Figures. 4to - Over 9 ¾" -12" Tall. Hard Cover.
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$7.71
Made in America Eight Great All-American Creations

Made in America Eight Great All-American Creations

by Suid, M. and Harris, R

Reading, Massachsetts: Addison-Wesley. 1978. Small Quarto Size [approx 17.5cm x 24cm]. Very Good condition in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in our purpose-made plastic sleeve. Black & white illustrations. 186 pages . 1st Edition. Hardback.
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AU$12.00
Inscribed and signed photograph

Inscribed and signed photograph

by Edison, Thomas Alva

1910. Inscribed "To Carlo Wedekind inventor gas turbine. Thomas A Edison, Orange, July 10, 1910." 5 in. x 3-1/2 in. Silver print, mounted on card. A group photo in the door of Edison's laboratory, (now the Edison Museum). Very good condition, matted and framed. Carlo Wedekind patented a gas turbine in 1908.
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$2,500.00
Edwardian Inventions 1901- 1905. An Extraordinary Extravaganza of Eccentric Ingenuity

Edwardian Inventions 1901- 1905. An Extraordinary Extravaganza of Eccentric Ingenuity

by Dale, Rodney & Gray, Joan

London: Comet. 1979. Quarto Size [approx 24cm x 30.5cm].Very Good condition. Black & white illustrations. Gift inscription to preliminary pages. 153 pages . Reprint. Softcover.
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AU$10.00
Father of Radio

Father of Radio

by DE FOREST, Lee

Chicago: Wilcox and Follet, 1950. First. hardcover. very good/good. Illustrated. 502 pages. 4to, stamped worn blue cloth, mylar-wrapped chipped and edge-worn pictorial wrapper. Ex-library: stamp on end page, embossment on title page. First edition. Chicago: Wilcox & Follet, 1950. A very good copy in a good wrapper. Scarce.<br/><br/> Signed by the author on title page.<br/><br/>
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$500.00
Signed Post Card Photograph with Biographic Notation, in German, AND Signed 12 mo card with same notation dated, Berlin, May 3, 1933

Signed Post Card Photograph with Biographic Notation, in German, AND Signed 12 mo card with same notation dated, Berlin, May 3, 1933

by SKLADANOWSKY, MAX

Anything signed by Skladanowsky is considered rare. On the lower white margin of the post card photograph, Skladanowsky has written, "A souvenir from the inventor of motion pictures, Max Skladanowsky." Skladanowsky played an important role in the invention and early development of motion picture technology. Max and his brother Emil Skladanowsky used their bioscope camera to display the first moving picture show to a paying audience on November 1, 1895. Because this occurred just before the December 28,... Read more
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$500.00
TURMSTADT. ROMAN ..

TURMSTADT. ROMAN ..

by Richter, Hans

Leipzig: Ernst Keils Nachfolger (August Scherl) G.m.b.H., 1926. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-272 [273] [274: blank], original brown cloth, front and spine panels stamped in gold, top edge stained black. Second printing. Published around the same time as Thea von Harbou's METROPOLIS (1926), Turnstadt is Richter's version of a city that "eats men" who have fallen victim to the "Moloch machine." The city is modern, but soulless. Because the city's huge demand for energy cannot be met, the tireless Klaus North, a... Read more
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$350.00
Typed Letter Signed

Typed Letter Signed

by EDISON, Thomas A. (1847-1931)

1921. unbound. very good. Rare and historically important carbon T.L.S. with initials "T.A.E.", May 2nd 1921, to an unnamed correspondent in which Edison bluntly states that, from his personal observation, the number of clerks at the Record Office could be cut without affecting function, in part: "...In the Record Room on the 2nd floor in 21 building are 14 girl clerks besides Lucy Nicolai. I went over there and stood in the doorway this afternoon and gave them quite a shock. Luck... Read more
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$3,500.00
ZERO TO EIGHTY: BEING MY LIFETIME DOINGS, REFLECTIONS, AND INVENTIONS, ALSO MY JOURNEY AROUND THE MOON

ZERO TO EIGHTY: BEING MY LIFETIME DOINGS, REFLECTIONS, AND INVENTIONS, ALSO MY JOURNEY AROUND THE MOON

by Northrup, Edwin F., writing as "Akkad Pseudoman

Princeton, New Jersey: Scientific Publishing Company, 1937. Single sheet, 21.8x28.4 cm, folded to make four pages, one illustration. A prospectus for Northrup's very technical fictional account of the invention of a spacecraft and circumnavigation of the Moon by the inventor of the Ajax-Northrup high-frequency induction furnace. The experiments begin in 1945 and the flight occurs in 1961. The book, a semi-fictional autobiography, contains a great deal about the author's experiments with solenoid guns,... Read more
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$50.00
EDISON'S EVE: A MAGICAL HISTORY OF THE QUEST FOR MECHANICAL LIFE

EDISON'S EVE: A MAGICAL HISTORY OF THE QUEST FOR MECHANICAL LIFE

by Wood, Gaby

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2002. Octavo, pp. [1-2] [i-x] xi-xxviii [1-2] 304 [305] [306], illustrations, boards. First U.S. edition. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#139293)
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$25.00
GATHER, DARKNESS! ... Foreword by Groff Conklin

GATHER, DARKNESS! ... Foreword by Groff Conklin

by Leiber, Fritz

New York: Grosset & Dunlap Publishers, 1950. Octavo, boards. Later edition. Presentation copy with signed inscription by Leiber on the title page. "In a theocratic future society, ruled by totalitarian means, rebel scientists are know as "witches." The hero is a member of the Church hierarchy who is torn between his ostensible duty and what he knows to be right ... an example of 1940s magazine SF at its most sophisticated." - Pringle, The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction, second edition (1995), p. 153.... Read more
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$50.00
TOM SWIFT AND HIS MOTOR-BOAT OR THE RIVALS OF LAKE CARLOPA ..

TOM SWIFT AND HIS MOTOR-BOAT OR THE RIVALS OF LAKE CARLOPA ..

by Appleton, Victor (pseudonym of Howard R. Garis)

Bedford, MA: Applewood Books, 1992. Octavo, pictorial boards. Facsimile reprint of the 1910 first edition. The second Tom Swift novel. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#147402)
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$25.00
THE GREAT MIRROR

THE GREAT MIRROR

by Burks, Arthur J

[London: Published by Gerald G. Swan], 1952. Octavo, pp. 1-127 [128], pictorial wrappers. First edition. "Gerald G. Swan Pockets" 00. Tibetan lamas transmit themselves to Mars a steal "The Great Mirror," a device with which one can view anything in the Universe. Earth scientists want to unlock its "terrible potentialities." The Martians want it back. Conflict ensues. A fantastic adventure novel first published in SCIENCE FICTION QUARTERLY, Summer 1942. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 310.... Read more
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$100.00
A Streak of Luck: The Life &amp; Legend of Thomas Alva Edison

A Streak of Luck: The Life & Legend of Thomas Alva Edison

by CONOT, Robert

New York, New York: Seaview Books, 1979. Hardcover. Near Fine/Near Fine. First edition. Near fine in a near fine, spine faded dustwrapper.
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$60.00
DIE ERDE REIßT: TECHNISCHER ZUKUNFTSROMAN

DIE ERDE REIßT: TECHNISCHER ZUKUNFTSROMAN

by Burmester, Albert K[onrad]

Bremen, Leipzig, Wein: Henry Burmester Verlag, 1938. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-288, four maps in the text, original cream boards with straw cloth shelf back. First edition. A catastrophe novel concerning the construction of giant hydroelectric plants to generate power by damning the Mediterranean Sea (a theme popular in European SF from the late nineteenth through the early twentieth century) and a massive earthquake that reconfigures Earth's continents. Germany annexes a new island created in the... Read more
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$250.00
Flushed with Pride: Story of Thomas Crapper

Flushed with Pride: Story of Thomas Crapper

by Reyburn, Wallace

Hardback. Very Good.
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£0.73
ZERO TO EIGHTY: BEING MY LIFETIME DOINGS, REFLECTIONS, AND INVENTIONS, ALSO MY JOURNEY AROUND THE MOON

ZERO TO EIGHTY: BEING MY LIFETIME DOINGS, REFLECTIONS, AND INVENTIONS, ALSO MY JOURNEY AROUND THE MOON

by Northrup, Edwin F., writing as "Akkad Pseudoman

Princeton, New Jersey: Scientific Publishing Company, 1937. Octavo, pp. [i-vii] viii [ix-xvi] [1] 2-280 [281-283] [284-288: blank] [note: last two leaves are blanks], fifteen inserted plates including color frontispiece, diagrams in text, original tan cloth, spine panel stamped in black. First edition. A very technical fictional account of the invention of a spacecraft and circumnavigation of the Moon by the inventor of the Ajax-Northrup high-frequency induction furnace. The experiments begin in 1945... Read more
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$85.00
Autograph Note Signed

Autograph Note Signed

by SACHS, Charlotte Cramer [Mrs. Alexander Sachs] (1907-2007)

1986. unbound. very good. Exceedingly rare autograph note signed on her embossed personalized greeting card "Mrs. Alexander Sachs", gatefold opens to 5" x 7", October 1st 1986, in full: "At last I found "Julliard Sound" - Sorry about the delay - All good wishes", signing with her large script letter "C" with a musical note in the lower loop. Fine conditoin. *It is more than probable that Charlotte Sachs is referring to herself acquiring a vinyl... Read more
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$400.00
PETRIFIED PLANET. By Vargo Statten [pseudonym]

PETRIFIED PLANET. By Vargo Statten [pseudonym]

by Fearn, John Russell, writing as "Vargo Statten

London: Scion Limited, 1951. Octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Scion Books 00. A super computer asked to answer the question "what is time?" freezes Earth and everything on it in a single moment in time. "A well-written and fascinating exploration of the 'frozen time' theme, usually confined to short stories." - Harbottle and Holland. Harbottle and Holland A159. Reginald 05333. Small tape reinforcements to spine ends, a couple of faint creases to front cover, two inked prices on front cover,... Read more
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$45.00
Columbus, the Cannon Ball and the Common Pump

Columbus, the Cannon Ball and the Common Pump

by Hogben, Lancelot

London: Heinemann. 1974. Small Quarto Size. Very Good in Very Good Dustjacket. DJ protected in plastic sleeve. Black & white illustrations. 106pages. . 1st Edition. Hardback.
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AU$15.00
ROSAMOND THE SECOND: BEING THE TRUE RECORD OF THE UNPARALLELED ROMANCE OF ONE CLAUDIUS FULLER ..

ROSAMOND THE SECOND: BEING THE TRUE RECORD OF THE UNPARALLELED ROMANCE OF ONE CLAUDIUS FULLER ..

by Mears, Mary [Martha]

New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company Publishers, 1910. Octavo, pp. [1-10] 1-163 [164-166: blank] [note: first and last leaves are blanks], original pictorial dark blue cloth, front panel stamped in light blue, white and brown, spine panel stamped in light blue and brown. First edition. Faustian science fiction. A brilliant scientist's offer of marriage is rejected by the woman he loves because she fears the consequences of his possible success in discovering the secret of eternal life. The rebuffed... Read more
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$750.00
Autograph Letter Signed, 4to on lined notebook paper, n.p., n.d. but likely 1913-1917. "File" in written across top of page

Autograph Letter Signed, 4to on lined notebook paper, n.p., n.d. but likely 1913-1917. "File" in written across top of page

by EDISON, THOMAS ALVA

The phonograph record is the topic of this letter Edison writes to his brother-in-law. Our research into the inventions Edison worked on during the World War I years led us to this conclusion. Edison writes his wife's brother, John Vincent Miller (1873-1940), to whom he refers with the initials, "JVM." "We have had much trouble with wax & phenol Resin since McWilliams had charge Now we are in a bad way with phenol resin We shall have to send Hoffman down to Straighten the Resin production out. Hereafter... Read more
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$2,400.00
DIE STRAHLEN DER ERKENNTNIS ..

DIE STRAHLEN DER ERKENNTNIS ..

by Löns, Konrad

Hannover: Friedrich Gersbach, 1919. Octavo, pp. [1-5] 6-124 [125-128 : blank] [note: last two leaves are blanks], original pictorial gray boards printed in black, endpapers decorated with publisher's monogram, black ribbon marker. First edition. Two German scientists invent a way to make movies of thought-streams. Utopia follows shortly thereafter. Title in English is The Rays of Knowledge. Bloch 1960. Nagl, p. 257. Not in Lexikon 2. Text paper tanned, mild tanning to boards, still a nearly fine copy.... Read more
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$300.00
Typed Letter Signed on scarce &quot;American Television Laboratories&quot; letterhead

Typed Letter Signed on scarce "American Television Laboratories" letterhead

by FOREST, Lee de (1873 - 1961)

Chicago, 1947. unbound. 1 page, 11 x 8.5 inches, Chicago, January 13, 1947, to Dr. Walter Ransom Baker, electrical engineer who contributed greatly to the development of radio and television, in full: "I am deeply gratified to read what you say in the January issue of Radio-Craft [enclosed pages] regarding my work in the electronic field, a field to which you have, yourself, contributed so generously." Some discoloration throughout the body of the letter due to the previous enclosure of a... Read more
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$500.00
Hung Out to Dry. Gilbert Toyne&#39;s Classic Australian Clothes Hoist

Hung Out to Dry. Gilbert Toyne's Classic Australian Clothes Hoist

by Cuffley, Peter & Middlemis, Cas

Adelaide: Published by Cas Middlemis. 2009. Large octavo size [16x24cm approx]. Fine condition in a Near Fine Dustjacket - DJ now protected in purpose-made plastic sleeve. An excellent copy. Colour and black & white illustrations and photographs. S 189 pages. Tells the story of Gilbert Toyne, the inventor who designed and patented the first all-metal Australian rotary clothes hoist. . 1st Edition. Hardback.
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AU$30.00