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Herschel, W.
Description of a forty-feet reflecting telescope.
London, The Royal Society of London, 1795. Large 4to (29.5 x 23.2 cm). pp. 347-399, plus 19 folding plates showing a total of 47 figures, including the famous huge foldout plate of this enormous telescope. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards.
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The original description of the largest telescope of the 18th century, or the eighth wonder of the world”
Der Beglei...
Hohe, F.
Der Begleiter. Wissenschaftliche Tabellen und Notizen mit vier kolorirten Karten. Eine Gedächtnisshife für Jedermann.
München, Friedrich Hohe, 1857. Small 8vo (12.3 x 9.3 cm). viii, 240. Original ruled half cloth over pebbled boards. Gilt title on the spine.
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A fine copy of a rare and unusual almanac and gazetteer made and published by an unsuccessful painter
Ueber zwei...
Humboldt, A. von
Ueber zwei Versuche den Chimborazo zu besteigen.
Stuttgart und Tübingen, J. G. Cotta, 1836. 8vo (17.4 x 11.0 cm). viii, 283 pp. [Von Humboldt's paper on pp. 176-206]. Contemporary pebbled cloth; spine with black leather label with gilt title.
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Humboldt on reaching the point farthest from the Earth’s centre
Sogni, dis...
Italian Almanac 1804
Sogni, discorso piacevole per l'almanacco dell' anno bisestile 1804.
Cremona, Giocomo Dalla Noce, 1803. Tall 12mo (11.7 x 6.2 cm). Title page with engraved vignette, 47 pp. Contemporary full polished, mottled calf. Boards with gilt ornamented border and small gilt floral vignettes in identical contemporary slipcase.
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Beautifully made and extremely well-preserved
Ueber die...
Klöden, K. F. [von]
Ueber die Gestalt und die Urgeschichte der Erde, nebst den davon abhängenden Erscheinungen in astronomischer, geognostischer, geographischer und physikalischer Hinsicht. Zweite vermehrte Auflage der grundlinien zu einer neuen Theorie der Erdgestaltung &c.
Berlin, G. E. Nauck, 1829. 8vo (21.3 x 12.5). xxviii, 384, [ii] pp.; eight folded engraved plates and maps, of which five handcoloured. Contemporary boards. Blue mottled edges.
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Theory of the Earth by a friend of Goethe
Problème d...
Liapounoff, A. [Lyapunov]
Problème de minimum dans une question de stabilité des figures d'équilibre d'une masse fluide en rotation.
St.-Pétersbourg, l'Académie Impériale des Sciences, 1908. Large 4to (33.5 x 25.1 cm). 140 pp. Original printed wrappers.
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Important contribution to the properties of spherical liquid masses by the creator of the modern theory of the stability of a dynamic system
Danubius P...
Marsigli, L. F. Comte de Marsilli, L. Graave van
Danubius Pannonico-Mysicus. Observationibus geographicis, astronomicis, hydrographicis, historicis, physicis perlustratus.
Hagae Comitum [The Hague] Gosse, Alberts, & de Hondt; Amsterdam, Uytwerf & Changuion, 1726. Six volumes in six. Imperial folio (58.0 x 40.5 cm). Titles printed in red and black. Six engraved frontispieces, and 283 copper-engraved plates, as well as many text engravings, engraved vignettes and capitals. Signed in the first volume by all four publishers, listing all subscribers, and numbered (#93), identifying this set as that of Adriaan Deynoot (1685-1744). Contemporary uniform full morocco. Spines with eight raised, gilt-ornamented bands, rich gilt compartments and two black morocco labels with gilt titles. Boards with gilt ornamental borders, gilt corner pieces, and gilt dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Edges marbled.
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First edition of this rare, splendid and opulent work based on the authors' famous Kunstkammer in Bologna
The figure...
Maupertuis, P. [L. M.] de et al.
The figure of the Earth, determined from observations made by order of the French king, at the polar circle: By messrs De Maupertuis, Camus, Clairaut, le Monnier; the Abbé-Outhier, correspondent of the Academy, and Mr. Celsius, Professor of Astronomy at Upsal. Translated from the French of M. de Maupertuis.
London, Cox, Davis, Knapton, and Millar, 1738. Small 8vo (19.5 x 12.6 cm). vii, 232 pp., one folded engraved "Mapp of the Country where the Arc of the Meridian was measured" (i.e today's border between Sweden and Finland in Lapland) and nine folded engraved plates. Contemporary style full calf. Spine with gilt lines and black morocco label with gilt title.
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The work in which Maupertuis proved that Newton was right
Sur la Fig...
Maupertuis, P.L. Moreau de
Sur la Figure de la Terre déterminée par Messieurs de l'Académie royale des Sciences, qui ont mesuré le degré du méridien au Cercle Polaire.
Paris, l'Imprimérie Royale, 1740. 4to (25.8 x 20.2 cm). pp. 90-96; 389-469 In: Histoire de l'Académie royale des Sciences Année MDCCCXXXVII . Engraved allegorical frontispiece; title page; [vi], 120, 492 pp. Engraved map of Lapponia; five engraved, folded plates. Contemporary full polished calf. Boards with double gilt borders; spine with five raised bands, gilt floral patterns and two red morocco labels with gilt title. Gilt floral inner dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Mottled edges.
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Rare first quarto edition of the work that made Maupertuis famous
La Nature....
Tissandier, G. (ed.)
La Nature. Revue des sciences et de leurs applications aux arts et à l'industrie. Journal hebdomadaire illustré.
Paris, G. Masson, 1873-1899. 27 volumes in 27. 4to (28.4 x 19.0 cm). Numerous pages and illustrations. Uniform contemporary red half morocco over marbled boards. Gilt borders. Spines with five raised bands. Gilt ornamental compartments and gilt title. Marbled endpapers. Speckled edges.
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A beautiful set of the leading 19th century French popular natural history magazine
Travelling writer's kit
Travelling writer's kit with stationery and miniature globe.
Paris, ca. 1915-1925. Portable red cardboard box (28.0 x 16.9 x 14.3 cm) embossed with maroon reptile-skin patterned paper with gilt title "Papeterie" and vignette, and simple brass lock. Inside covered with decorative green-with-black-cobweb patterned paper.
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An unusually well-preserved portable Parisian writing kit, with a fine miniature globe
Historia n...
Wagner, J. J.
Historia naturalis Helvetiae curiosa, in VII, sectiones compendiosè digesta.
Tiguri [Zürich], J. H. Lindinner, 1680. 12mo (12.6 x 7.3 cm). Title page, [xxiii], 390, [xxviii] pp. Late 18th or early 19th century speckled boards. Spine with red morocco label with gilt lines and title. Speckled edges.
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A fine, very early work on Swiss natural history