Rare, antiquarian, used & out-of-print books on history of science & history of technology for sale at Horizon Books.
ALDERSON, M. A.; An Essay on the Nature and Application of Steam, with an Historical Notice of the Rise and Progressive Improvement of the Steam-Engine. London, Sherwood, Gilbert, and Piper, 1834, First edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; xvi, 124, [15, publisher's ads dated May 1834], [v, ads] pp, 18 plates (lithographs) including 5 foldout, and one illustrations (which is called plate 19), the frontis is plate 2, table, original cloth-backed boards, original spine paper label worn, joints cracked but holding corner wear, light stains on first few leaves, lacks front blank free endpaper, overall a very good copy with good clean impressions of the plates.
The author, an engineer, won a prize for this work at the London Mechanics' Institution in 1833. "Steam, all powerful steam', as the work begins, and the steam engine, was the foundation of the industrial revolution, and is here described in detail. The plates are of different types of steam engines and related equipment and applications, including one of a locomotive. The collation of the plates is identical to that of the British Library copy.
US$200. bookID # 6847
ANON, ; The Planisphere and How to Use it, with Full Instructions for its Mounting, Complete Construction as Celestial Chart, and Rules by which Arcs of Direction May be Measured off with Ease and Certainty. London, J. E. Catty, 1878, First edition, 8vo [24.5 x 16 cm]; 47 pp, plate, other illus, table, original cloth with gilt title lettering on front cover, joint and hinge with split but holding, old inkstamp on title page, contents very good.
The work is a manual for operating a Planisphere which makes a projection of the celestial sphere on a plane, and allows a tracking of the stars and planets, useful in astronomy and astrology.
US$30. bookID # 8378
ANON, ; The Young Mechanic, Containing Directions for the Use of All Kinds of Tools, and for the Construction of Steam Engines and Mechanical Models, including the Art of Turning in Wood and Metal. New York, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1886, from the English edition, with corrections, 8vo [20 x 14 cm]; [iv], iii, [iii]-v, 346 pp, 72 illustrations from drwgs, decorative chapter headpieces, tailpieces, original pictorial gilt cloth with decorations in black, gilt spine lettering, small tear, lightly rubbed at edge, else a near fine clean copy.
By the author of 'The Lathe and its Uses' and 'The Amateur Mechanic's Workshop', the book provides details on mortise and tenon jointing, dovetailing, mitering, rebating, tonguing, grooving, sharpening and setting tools, hand-turning in wood, using the lathe, how to make a table, a steam engine, Watt's engine, hardening and tempering tools, etc. Many of the illustrations are of tools. This title could not be traced in the catalogues of the British Library or the Library of Congress.
US$40. bookID # 4941
BAUSCH & LOMB, ; Microscopes & Accessories; Photomicrographic and Micro-Projection Apparatus Microtomes; Colorimeters, Optical Measuring Instruments and Refractometers. Rochester, New York, Bausch & Lomb Optical Co., [1929, , 8vo [24 x 17 cm]; xiii, 318 pp, errata sheet inserted loose [dated Mar. 7, 1930], colored frontis, colored illus, hundreds of illustrations & plates from photos and drawing, diagrams, index, original leatherette, title lettering on spine and cover, edges rubbed, interior is clean, fine and unmarked in very good covers.
Very well-illustrated, showing the various instruments in detail, a superb reference of the wide variety of products produced at that time.
US$35. bookID # 13713
BEALE, Lionel S.; The Microscope in Medicine. London; Philadelphia, J. and A. Churchill; Lindsay and Blakiston, 1878, fourth edition, much enlarged, very thick 8vo [23 x 15 x 6 cm]; xxxi, 539, [iv, ads] pp, 86 plates (complete) with over 500 illustrations, numerous illustrations of instruments and accessories, indexes, original green cloth, gilt spine title lettering, light wear at edges, name on title margin, some pages with light toning in margins, internal hinge cracked but firm, very good.
A very well illustrated and detailed work by this fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and professor of medicine at King's College, London. Most of the illustrations were drawn by the author. The first edition of 1854
US$32. bookID # 13648
BECK, Conrad; The Microscope, 2 volumes; I, a Simple Handbook; part II, an Advanced Handbook. London, R. & J. Beck, 1923; 1924, First edition of part II, second edition of part I, 8vo [21.5 x 14 cm]; 2 volumes, 144; 231 pp, over 300 illustrations, 170 in second volume, tables index in each volume, original cloth, title lettering on spines and covers, name on endpaper, very minor shelf wear, else a near fine set, clean throughout.
A superbly illustrated work on all aspects of microscopes, their operation, how they work, apparatus, accessories, their uses including special purposes, photometry. The illustrations are mostly of equipment, apparatii, different models of microscopes, etc.
US$35. bookID # 13717
BRAGG, W. H. (preface); The Record of the Royal Society of London for the Promotion of Natural Knowledge. London, Royal Society, 1940, fourth edition, small 4to [26 x 21 cm]; vii, 578 pp, complete with 19 plates including color of arm of society, portraits, tables, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering on black leather title label, top edge gilted, endpaper a little toned, outer edge with minor foxing, near fine clean copy.
A detailed history of one of the most important scientific organizations including its growth, charters, statutes, funds, benefactors, library, committees, publications, grants. Appendices include chronological register of fellows and the year they joined from 1663, alphabetical list of fellows, medal winners, lectures, etc.
US$4. bookID # 8492
BREWINGTON, M. V.; The Peabody Museum Collection of Navigating Instruments with Notes on their Makers. Salem, Staten Island, Peabody Museum; Maurizio Martino Publishers, , reprint of the first edition, limited to 300 copies [first edition was 1,000 copies], 8vo [27 x 18 cm]; xii, 154, [i] pp, 57 plates with frontis, from photos, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, fine and clean, not issued with a dust jacket.
The work, which has become a standard reference work on the subject, describes 413 instruments and 150 instrument makers. Includes quadrants, astrolabes, sextants, circles, artificial horizons, lodestones, compasses, ring dials, nocturnals, sand glasses, chronometers, clocks, dead reckoning recorders, graphic tools, sounders, telescopes, tide calculators, computers, barometers, orreries, planispheres, etc.
US$110. bookID # 12091
BROWN, Raymond; Fundamentals of the Retail Jeweller. Toronto, The Canadian Jewellers Institute, , First edition, 8vo [21 x 14.5 cm]; xii, 387 pp, colored frontispiece of birthstones, many illustrations from photos, color folding plate, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, dj (bit faded, short tear), near fine in very good jacket.
Covering everything a retail jewellery store operator must know including gemstones, gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, other gems, watches, costume jewellry, antiques, ceramics, glass, hallmarking, salesmanship, testing precious metals, repairs, administration, etc.
US$2. bookID # 12108
BUCKLEY, Arabella B. [Mrs. Fisher]; Through Magic Glasses and Other Lectures. New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1890, First American edition, 12mo [19 x 13 cm]; xiv, 234, [iv, ads] pp, 3 plates including two in color, each with tissue guard (one tissue with tear), 83 other illustrations, index, original pictorial gilt cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, corners slightly rubbed but a fine, clean and unmarked copy.
A popular account of the telescope, microscope, spectroscope, photo camera, etc, nicely illustrated including of instruments.
US$35. bookID # 13711
CALAPRICE, Alice; The New Quotable Einstein. Princeton and Oxford, Princeton University Press, , First edition thus, of this expanded edition, 8vo [21.5 x 14 cm]; xxxvii, [iii], 407 pp, frontis and full page illustrations (mostly portraits of Einstein), bibliography, index, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, spine and cover title lettering, fine, clean, as new condition.
With a foreword by Freeman Dyson, this is an enlarged commemorative edition published on the 100th anniversary of the special theory of relativity. The author/editor has spend decades working with Einstein material.
US$3. bookID # 13662
CARPENTER, William B.; The Microscope and its Revelations. London, John Churchill, 1856, First edition, thick 12mo [18 x 12 cm]; xx, 778, [ii, publisher's ads] pp, 345 illustrations, index, original brown blind-stamped cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine ends worn, small split at joint, endpaper inscription dated 1935, internally very good and clean in good cover.
The work was a standard reference and underwent many later printings over the years. Of particular interest are the many illustrations of microscopes and related equipment, accessories.
US$140. bookID # 13842
CARPENTER, William B.; The Microscope and its Revelations. New York, William Wood & Company, 1883, sixth edition, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; 2 volumes, xi, 388; iv, 354 pp, color lithographed (chromolithograph) frontis, 25 plates plus 502 illus including many of microscopes and related equipment, index, original red cloth, decorated in black, gilt spine title lettering, a short tear at joint is repaired, else a fine, clean, unmarked set.
The work was a standard reference and underwent many printings over the years. Very well-illustrated, this edition having been expanded with additional topics including the use of the microscope in geology and with additional illustrations, earlier editions having only ten plates and much fewer illustrations. Of particular interest are the many illustrations of microscopes and related equipment, accessories. This chapter has a appendix on Numerical Aperture and Angular Aperature. An excellent copy, this is considered the best illustrated edition.
US$80. bookID # 13708
CATT, David, Junr.; Scenes from the Microscope. London, Samuel E. Roberts, , , 12mo [18 x 12 cm]; xii,  - 80 pp, frontis of author at microscope, 19 other plates including one of microscopes, other of specimens, original red cloth with white decorations and lettering, spine lettering faded but still visible, decorative endpapers, very good copy, clean throughout.
The work includes good examples of items to see with a good optical microscope including insects, skin, blood, parasites, plants, spiders, bee, frog, etc.
US$7. bookID # 5360
CHEN, Fu Hua; Between East and West; Life on the Burma Road, the Tibet Highway, the Ho Chi Minh Trail, and in the United States. Niwot, Colorado, University Press of Colorado, , First edition, 8vo [23.5 x 16 cm]; xv, 191 pp, illustrations from photos, map, index, original black cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj, fine and clean.
The author provides a fascinating account of his management of the construction of the Burma Road, which was vital in World War II, as well as the construction of the Tibet Highway and the reconnaissing of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. His seventy years in the field of civil engineering, together with his personal life make excellent reading.
US$9. bookID # 9366
CLARK, George L.; The Encyclopedia of Microscopy. New York, Reinhold Publishing Corporation, , First edition, large and thick 8vo [26 x 18 cm]; xiii, 693 pp, over 600 illustrations from photos and drwgs, charts, bibliog, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (bit chipped at spine head, lightly rubbed), fine and clean in good dj.
A superb reference of over 140 articles by some of the best experts in their fields, covering 26 kinds of microscopy including chemical, electron microscopy, field emission, fluorescence microscopy, interference microscopy, metallography, phase microscopy, stereoscopic, ultraviolet, x-ray microscopy, etc. Includes many illustrations of microscopes and equipment.
US$12. bookID # 9526
CLARKE, L. [Louisa] Lane; Objects of the Microscope; being a Popular Description of the Most Instructive and Beautiful Subjects for Exhibition. London, Groombridge and Sons, 1863, Second edition, 12mo [18.5 x 12.5 cm]; xv, 248, [viii, ads] pp, illustrated, with the half title page, index, original red blind-stamped cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, few light stains on cover, overall very good, interior is clean and near fine.
This second edition has additional chapters not present in the first including one on injected anatomical preparations.
US$40. bookID # 13710
FERGUSON, John; Bibliographical Notes on Histories of Inventions and Books of Secrets. London, The Holland Press, , First Collected Edition, strictly limited to 350 copies, 8vo [22 x 15 cm]; 2 volumes, various paginations, illus, a complete set, original blue cloth, gilt spine title lettering, light crease in margin of leaf, but a fine clean set in original cloth covered slipcase with original paper label (slightly faded).
First printed in various scholarly journals, including the Glasgow Archaeological Society, Scottish Historical Review, etc, with the parts gathered together here for the first time, and is based on books and material that he collected himself over many years. Ferguson is famous for his Bibliotheca Chemica. 'The Secrets is a book to read as much as to consult; for, to the accuracy of collation to be found in all his bibliographical work, there is added the valuable descriptions of the contents of the books that came from continual and informed study' (E. A. Osborne in the preface). Besterman color3090.
US$55. bookID # 7255
FORD, Brian J., with a foreword by Professor John Bunyan; The Revealing Lens; Mankind and the Microscope. London, Harrap, , First edition, 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; 208 pp, numerous illustrations and plates, mostly from photos, some drawings, index, original cloth, silver title lettering on spine, dj (very light wear at edge, price clipped), fine and clean copy with very good jacket.
A very well-illustrated book on the history of the microscope and the implications for science and civilization.
US$4. bookID # 13660
GAGE, Simon Henry; The Microscope. Ithaca, New York, The Comstock Publishing Company, 1932, Ultra-violet edition, 8vo [23 x 16 cm]; viii, 589 pp, about 300 detailed illustrations from drawings, photos, tables, title page vignette, bibliography, index, original cloth, gilt title lettering on spine and cover, spine slightly faded but lettering clear, near fine and clean copy, presentation inscription signed by author on endpaper with loose card presentation also signed.
A detailed and very well-illustrated work covering all aspects of microscopes and their parts, including polarizing microscopes, micro-spectroscopes, drawing with the microscope, photographing, preserving specimens, etc, etc. This edition has a new chapter on ultra-violet radiation in microscopy.
US$50. bookID # 13676
GAMBLE, Charles W.; Modern Illustration Process; An Introductory Textbook for All Students of Printing Methods. London, Sir Isaac Pitman & Sons, 1947, , 8vo [22 x 14 cm]; xix, 409, [ii, ads] pp, 53 illus, bibliog, index, original green cloth, gilt spine title lettering, cloth a little rippled, name on endpaper, clean very good copy.
First published in 1933 and expanded in the second edition to include more recent developments, the work, the work describes the various printing process including intaglio, surface, relief and with two chapters on color, as well as appendices on more technical aspects. The illustrations include examples of different printing process, enlarged to see the effect you would see under magnification, as some of printing equipment.
US$4. bookID # 7350
GOODRICH, Chas. A.; The Family Encyclopedia, or Compendium of Useful Knowledge, comprehending a plain and practical view of those Subjects most Interesting to Persons in the Ordinary Professions of Life. New York, J. Whorter Smith & Co., 1861, new edition, revised, improved and enlarged over earlier editions by J. R. Bigelow, MD., 8vo [21 x 14.5 cm]; xii,  - 598 pp, over 150 illustrations, new black cloth, red title label with gilt lettering, marbled edges, three leaves strengthened and repaired, dampstains in some margins, very light foxing, else very good solid copy, covers fresh and bright.
This was a useful one volume reference for the family of the mid-nineteenth century, covering health, remedies, food, receipts, farming methods, manufactured goods, machines, architecture, animal breeding, horticulture, locomotion, government, etc. There was an earlier edition of 1831 but is greatly expanded here by Bigelow.
US$30. bookID # 5451
GOSSE, Philip Henry; Evenings at the Microscope: or Researches Among the Minute Organs and Forms of Animal Life. New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1860, First American edition, 20 x 13.5 cm]; xii, 480 pp, illustrations, index, original blind-stamped and pictorial cloth, gilt microscope on cover, gilt spine title lettering, cover rubbed, edgewear, light stain on some margins, no bookplates, names or marks, good.
Gosse was among the most distinguished naturalists in the nineteenth century and published numerous books, especially on marine biology, the sea shore, aquariums, and on his travels in Jamaica, Canada, Alabama, etc. Freeman 86: 'This was one of the most successful of Gosse's books and was a useful and accurate manual for the amateur microscopist. Most of the book is based on original observations and some of it was taken from his previously published papers in serials'.
US$24. bookID # 13653
HERSCHEL, Sir John F. W.; Results of Astronomical Observations Made During the Years 1834, 5, 6, 7, 8, at the Cape of Good Hope; Being the Completion of a Telescopic Survey of the Whole Surface of the Visible Heavens Commence in 1825. London, Smith, Elder and Co., 1847, First edition, 4to [32 x 25 cm]; xx, 452, [ii, errata and additions, often lacking] pp, engraved view Cape of Good Hope, 17 plates including four folding, other illus, tables, contemporary blind-stamped full calf, gilt spine title lettering, all edges gilted, rubbed, joints cracking with repair, few leaves lightly foxed including few plates, inscription & bookplate on endpaper, very good clean copy with nice wide margins.
Most plates include several figures including some of instruments and equipment. Norman 1056: 'With this monumental survey of the stars of the southern hemisphere, Herschel completed the task begun by his father William, who fifty years earlier had catalogued the northern celestial hemisphere. Using a twenty foot reflecting telescope, which he erected just south of Cape Town, Herschel swept the whole of the southern sky, cataloging nebulae, cluster and binary stars, carrying out the counts of over 68,000 stars.. . . he made detailed drawings and maps.' Honeyman 1663: 'The first great star-atlas of the southern hemisphere'. Includes a chapter on Halley's comet. Norman Catalogue 1056.
US$1700. bookID # 10550
HOGG, Jabez [1817-1899]; The Microscope; its History, Construction and Application, being a Familiar Introduction to the Use of the Instrument and the Study of Microscopical Science. London, The Ilustrated London Libraray, 1854, First edition, 8vo [22 14cm]; xvi, 440, [ 8 pages of publisher's ads] pp, 15 plates including frontis, pictorial haalf-title page showing microscope in border, tables, 169 other illustrations, index, original pictorial cloth with picture of microscope on cover in gilt, gilt title lettering on spine, nick on rear joint, outer edges with light wear, light foxing on few leaves, mostly marginal, very good, sound and clean copy.
A popular book through the nineteenth century, with many editions, most of which had few plates than this first edition There are many illustrations on various microscopes, related equipment and accessories, as well as the objects themselves. A classic and influential book.
US$190. bookID # 13838
HOOK, Diana H. & Jeremy M. Norman; The Haskell F. Norman Library of Science of Medicine. San Francisco, Jeremy Norman & Co., 1991, First edition, limited edition of 500 copies, 4to [29 x 22 cm]; 2 volumes, lxxvii, [iii], 511, [i]; xvi, 513 - 1005, [iii] pp, 33 color plates, plus color portrait plate, plus about 400 illustrations of title pages or other parts of books, bibliog, indexes of printers, artists, subjects, names, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, gilt cover, lightly spotted on a few leaves, near fine sound set.
Not to be confused with the Christie's auction catalogue of same name which sold Haskell Norman's library, this two volume set describes over 2,600 items in considerable detail, covering all the major science and medicine books published, with separate sections on Freud and Mesmer. Norman provides an introductory essay, 'My Education as a Bibliophile', and Hook provides a cataloguer's introduction. A valuable and important reference work based on the finest collection of books assembled in the twentieth century on this topic.
US$610. bookID # 13202
HUGHES, Therle; Cottage Antiques. New York, Frederick A. Praeger, , First British edition, 8vo [23 x 15 cm]; 219 pp, colored frontis, 48 plates, including many from early sources, index, original red cloth, gilt spine title lettering, fine, clean and unmarked condition.
Covering all aspects including chairs, settles, dressers, chests, cupboards, tables, clocks, spinning wheels, china, figures, copper, willow pattern, staffordshire, mocha, brass, copper, Georgian brass, ornamental brass, cottage lighting, pewter, coverlets, quilts, prints, English maps, etc.
US$2. bookID # 12127
JAPP, Alexander Hay; Industrial Curiosities; Glances Here and There in the World of Labour. London, T. Fisher Unwin, 1990, fifth edition, 12mo [18.5 x 13 cm]; xi, 372 pp, frontis of rubber extraction, plates with tissue guards, other illus, index, original pictorial cloth, gilt spine title lettering, all edges gilted, spine number partly removed, rubbed, very good sound copy.
A popular work on industrial processes, including making leather, wool, beds, porcelain, needles, sewing, hops, rubber, perfumes, gold, silver, sealskins, photographs, clocks, locks, safes, traffic. There is an appendix on 'defects in the postal service'.
US$2. bookID # 10705
MICHEL, Henri; Scientific Instruments in Art and History. New York, The Viking Press, , First edition in English, translated from French by R. E. W. Maddison, F. R. Maddison, 4to [29 x 23 cm]; 208 pp, 103 color plates from photos, other illustrations from drwgs, bibliog, subject index, index of makers, designers, collectors, original cloth, dj (tears, chipped), a very good clean copy in good dj.
The author, one of the pioneers in the study of the history of scientific instruments, has described and illustrated some of the finest early instruments that exist, covering astronomical, navigational, mathematical, optical, chronometry, etc. Excellent photos with authoritative description.
US$30. bookID # 5792
MUIR, Richard; Bacteriological Atlas; A Series of Coloured Plates Illustrating the Morphological Characters of Pathogenic Micro-organisms. Edinburgh, E. & S. Livingstone, 1927, First edition, 12mo [19 x 13 cm]; 134 pp, 60 colored plates, index, original blue cloth, gilt spine title lettering, slightly rubbed on lower rear panel, a fine and clean book.
Each plate, printed on one side of the leaf, has a detailed description on facing page. The state of the art by a professor of pathology and bacteriology at the University of Edinburgh.
US$21. bookID # 12961
QUEKETT, John; A Practical Treatise on the Use of the Microscope, Including the Different Methods of Preparing and Examining Animal, Vegetable and Mineral Structures. London, H. Bailliere, Publisher, 1855, third edition, with additions, 8vo [22 14.5 cm]; xxii, [i], 556 pp, 11 plates including folding (short tear on one), frontis, 306 other illustrations including full-page, few colored, index, contemporary full prize calf, gilt spine title lettering, elaborate gilt design on spine, marbled endpapers & edges, light edge wear, spine end lightly chipped, small bookplate of Harry Thomas & inscription to him by headmaster, minor foxing, very good+.
This edition, with excellent illustrations of microscopes and accessories, has had about 100 pages added to first edition of 1848. Detailed descriptions of all aspects of microscope operation, as well as manipulation of subjects.
US$280. bookID # 13689
SCHIDROWITZ, Philip; Rubber; Its Production and Its Industrial Uses. New York, D. Van Nostrand Company, 1911, First American edition, 8vo [22.5 x 14.5 cm]; xv, 303, 26 [publisher's catalogue], [ii, ads] pp, 40 plates from photos including frontis, 27 illustrations from drwgs, total of 83 illus, tables, index, original green cloth with gilt title lettering on spine and front cover, edges and joints bit rubbed, corners with light wear, solid very good copy.
The author, based on his considerable experience, describes rubber, both in the wild and in plantations, its preparation and production, chemistry, vulcanization, manufacture of rubber goods, properties, chemical and physical analysis, testing and specifications. Of interest are the descriptions and the many illustrations of the equipment for making and testing the rubber.
US$15. bookID # 8724
SOMERVILLE, Mary; On Molecular and Microscopic Science [2 volume set]. London, John Murray, 1869, First edition, 8vo [19.5 x 13.5 cm]; 2 volumes complete, xii, 432; viii, 320, 32 [publisher's catalog dated Sept 1868] pp, 180 illustrations, and 12 tinted plates including frontis (with tissue guard) in each volume, detailed index, original blue pictorial gilt cloth, gilt picture on front covers in gilt border, gilt spine title lettering, covers lightly rubbed, lightly foxed on some leaves but a clean, unmarked very good+ set.
Freeman 3484, Freeman's copy only had 8 plates. A detailed and popular work covering microscopic analysis of vegetable and animal organisms as well as molecular topics.
US$180. bookID # 13715
SOTHEBY'S, ; The Library of H. Bradley Martin; Highly Important Printed Books and Illuminated Manuscripts. New York, Sotheby's, 1990, First edition, 4to [27.5 x 21.5 cm]; unpaginated, portrait of Martin, colored plates and other illustrations, black and white photos, original pictorial cloth with mounted colored plate in gilt border, gilt title on cover and spine, fine, clean, with the prices realized on loose sheet.
A very well-illustrated auction sale of 325 lots, described in detail, sale held 14 June 1990. The sale includes books and manuscripts related to natural history, science, literature, economics, atlases, travels, etc dating from 1455.
US$10. bookID # 13802
SOTHEBY'S, ; The Otto Kallir Collection of Aviation History. New York, Sotheby's, 1993, First edition, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; unpaginated, frontis, colored plates, black and white photos, index, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, title on cover and spine, few small notes from original bidder, else fine, clean, with the prices realized on loose sheet.
A very well-illustrated auction sale of 211 lots, described in detail, sale held 14 June 1993. Includes a biography of Otto Kallir by Jane Kallir. The sale includes books, letters, manuscripts, photographs, etc of historical importance, Roald Amundsen, Richard E. Byrd, Amelia Earhart, Otto, Lilienthal, Charles Lindbergh, Saint-Exupery, Wright brothers, ballooning, dirigibles, early airplanes, first flights, first letters sent by air mail, documents, etc.
US$20. bookID # 13342
SOTHEBY'S, ; The Scientific Library of the late Soren Madsen. , Sotheby's, 1996, First edition, 4to [27 x 21 cm]; 80, [viii] pp, many illustrations, including colored, including many full-page, bibliography, index, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, title lettering on spine and cover, fine and clean, with the loose leaf of prices realized.
A well illustrated Sotheby's sale of books on science and technology, from a collection amassed over many years, describing 379 items in detail, sale held in London, 14 March 1996, sale LN6196. A very useful reference covering a period of 500 years of scientific books. Madsen was the president of the society of the Danish Museum of Science and Technology. Besides the first books on electricity and magnetism, there are first editions of works by Newton, Galileo, Lambert, Tycho Brahe, Kircher, etc.
US$8. bookID # 13378
STAFF, I. C. S.; Weave Construction and Cloth Analysis; Glossary of Weaves, Elementary Textiles, Designing, Analysis of Cotton Fabrics, Analysis of Woolen & Worsted Fabrics, Twill Weaves, Satin, Combination Weaves, Construction of Spot Weaves, Weaves for Backed Cotton. Scranton, Pennsylvania, International Textbook Company, nd [c1905], First edition, 8vo [22.5 x 15 cm]; xi, 35, 30, 25, 27, 35, 22, 27, 26, 22 pp, hundreds of illus, photos, drwgs, table, original black cloth, gilt spine title lettering, clean fine copy.
A combination of 9 separate works on weave construction in one volume, very well-illustrated. A useful reference work.
US$22. bookID # 9622
TEA, ; Patents for Inventions, Abridgments of Specifications, Class 129, Tea, Coffee, Cocoa and Like Beverages, Period 1855-1866 and 1877-1930. London, His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1893-1934, , ~, original printed wraps, some covers chipped, few covers loose, all parts clean, unmarked, overall very good.
With the exception of the period 1867 to 1876, a very good run of this scarce series from 1855 to 1934, with very detailed illustrations of each machine, utensil, apparatus, gadget or device. The subject matter includes the manufacture and preparation of coffee, cocoa, tea, but also related beverages such as chicory, herbal tea, substitutes for coffee, tea and cocoa, infusions, extracting of caffeine, etc. A remarkable reference filled with ideas for anyone interested in beverages.
US$400. bookID # 11151
TROREY, Lyle G., foreword by W. W. Williams; Handbook of Aerial Mapping and Photogrammetry. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1950, First edition, 8vo [25 x 16 cm]; xvi, 178 pp, 81 illustrations from photos and drawings including charts, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, previous owner's name on endpaper, else fine and clean in good dj (chipped at edges, price clipped).
A very detailed work with all the details needed to make accurate aerial photographs, with formulas, charts, equipment and detailed examples. The author had served in the last war with the Canadian Military Survey and developed his methods after the war where speed and accuracy were both essential. There are excellent photos in the book of the equipment used, and details on stereoscopy and photogrammetry.
US$12. bookID # 12740
TURNER, Gerard L'E.; Antique Scientific Instruments. Poole, Blandford Press, , , 12mo [19 x 13 cm]; 168 pp, 69 colored illustrations on plates, from photos, other black and white illustrations, bibliography, index, original pictorial heavy paper wraps, near fine, clean and unmarked.
The author, and internationally recognised authority on the subject, provides an interesting survey including instruments for astronomy, time telling, navigation, drawing, calculating, optical, scales, medical, etc, beautifully illustrated.
US$3. bookID # 13551
VAN HEURCK, Henri; The Microscope: Its Construction and Management. Including Technique, Photo-Micrography, and the Past and Future of the Microscope. London, Crosby Lockwood and Son, 1893, First edition in English, 4to [29 x 21 cm; xv, 382 pp, engraved frontis of author, plate, about 250 superb illustrations, mostly of microscopes and related equipment, index`, original pictorial gilt cloth, with gilt picture of microscope on cover, gilt title lettering, top edge gilted, cover stained, light wear, internal hinge cracked & repaired, some leaves stained in margin including frontis, good reading copy.
Translated from the French by Wynne E. Baxter and augmented by the author. Notable for its fine illustrations of microscopes and related equipment including camera lucida, polarizing apparatus, spectroscope, etc, projection microscopes, as well as detailed explanations on their uses. A massive and large format work.
US$225. bookID # 13747
VOGEL, Dr. Hermann; The Chemistry of Light and Photography. New York, D. Appleton and Company, 1875, First American edition, 12mo [19.5 x 13.5 cm]; xii, 288, [xii, ads] pp, 6 fine plates including frontis, 94 other illus, index, original red cloth, decorated in black, gilt spine title lettering, tear at joint, small hole in spine, very good clean copy.
An early work on the scientific basis of photography including applications such use with microscope, magic photography, heliographs, photo-lithography, printing, use in medical research, etc. With many illustrations of scientific equipment and apparatus. Several of the plates are actual photographs including Woodbury type, Talbot, etc and one showing the effect of retouching negative, a before and after photo.
US$60. bookID # 10470
WARD, Hon. Mrs. (Mary); The Microscope, or Descriptions of Various Objects of Especial Interest and Beauty; Adapted For Microscopic Observation; With Directions For the Collection and Mounting of Objects. London, Groombridge and Sons, 1869, third edition, 12mo [19 x 13 cm]; vi, 154 pp, 8 fine colored plates, frontis with tissue guard, 25 other illustrations including of microscopes, index, original pictorial cloth, gilt title lettering, all edges gilted, spine a little faded but lettering clear, prize bookplate on blank endpaper, else clean and near fine.
An attractively illustrated and popular book.
US$50. bookID # 13719
WILSON, Colin; Starseekers [Star Seekers]. Garden City, New York, Doubleday & Company, 1980, First edition, large 8vo [25.5 x 18 cm]; 271 pp, numerous illustrations and plates including in color, double-page, bibliog, index, original cloth, gilt spine title lettering, dj (not price clipped), fine and clean.
A good overview of astronomy from ancient times to the present that captures the adventures, discoveries and romance, from Stonehenge to black holes. Beautifully illustrated, including many from early sources.
US$2. bookID # 12958
WRIGHT, Lewis; A Popular Handbook to the Microscope. London, The Religious Tract Society, 1895, First edition, 12mo [18.5 x 13.5 cm]; 256 pp, frontis, 1865 illustrations including full-page, index, original pictorial cloth, gilt lettering on spine, picture of microscope on cover, lightly rubbed, very good, interior is unmarked and clean.
The author describes microscope optics, simple and compound microscopes, manipulation and operation, collecting specimens in ponds, insects, plants, vertebrate, etc. Many of the illustrations are of microscopes and accessories. The author was a cancer researcher.
US$22. bookID # 13651
WRIGHT, Lewis; The Microscope; A Practical Handbook. London, The Religious Tract Society, nd [c1927], , 8vo [21.5 x 15 cm]; 293 pp, color frontis, 195 illustrations including full-page, index, original cloth, gilt lettering on spine, edges rubbed, few pencilled notes in margins, very good.
Many of the illustrations are of microscopes and related equipment including 16 full-page, representing the state-of-the-art at the time, the models from various companies. This was the revised edition of the original 1922 edition, with revisions of sections on microscope stands and accessories. The author was a cancer researcher.
US$12. bookID # 5361
YATES, Raymond F.; Antique Fakes and their Detection. New York, Gramercy Publishing Company, , First edition, 8vo [21 x 14 cm]; x, [i], 229 pp, illustrations from photos and drawings, index, original blue cloth, spine title lettering, fine and clean condition.
Contains practical information and methods for detecting fake jewelry, furniture, china, glass, prints, paintings, hardware, plates, silver, timepieces, etc.
US$2. bookID # 12126
YOUNG, C. R.; An Introduction to Engineering Economics. Toronto, The University of Toronto Press, 1959, , 8vo [23 x 15.5 cm]; viii, 160 pp, tables, figures, bibliog, index, original red cloth, gilt spine title lettering, spine a little faded but lettering clear, near fine, clean.
A practical work on cost, financing an enterprise, interest and compound amount, systematic retirement of debt, present value, depreciation, comparative economy, critical cost, break even charts, valuations and appraisals, etc., with formulas and tables to allow calculation.
US$1. bookID # 9503
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