ATOMIC

A file of twenty-two Autograph Letters, most signed "The Editor", otherwise "Reginald Smith", or, not in his hand, "Smith Elder & Co" to W.A. Shenstone, F.R.S., populariser of science (obit, "Nature" 77, 348-349 (13 Feb. 1908). With related items.

Author: 
Reginald Smith, sometime barrister, later editor of "The Cornhill Magazine" from 1898, in charge of publishers, Smith Elder from 1899
Publication details: 
[Cornhill Magazine headed notepaper], 18 May 1902-1 March 1907
£350.00

All letters 8vo, total pp.35, good condition, some letters tipped in, others loose, not in chronological order.

[ College of Aeronautics, Cranfield. ] 'Secret' typed thesis, with 71 diagrams, on the interception of atomic bombers, titled 'Turning Performance and Manoeuvrability of Aircraft at Supersonic Speeds by Lieutenant (E) R. A. Langley, Royal Navy'.

Author: 
Lieut-Commander R. A. Langley, Royal Navy [ College of Aeronautics, Cranfield; Nuclear War; Atomic Weapons ]
Publication details: 
The College of Aeronautics, Cranfield. May 1952.
£1,250.00

The problem with which the thesis deals is summed up at the start: 'If war broke out in the near future, attack by atomic bombers would become an immediate possibility, and one of the biggest problems would be the defence of this Island, which, with its areas of dense population, particularly around its essential industries, would present many ideal targets to the enemy. It would, therefore, be essential to destroy, or attempt to destroy, each enemy bomber before it reached the coast.

[ Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, Aldermaston ] Issue of AWRE News, 'The Journal of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment', with article on cellular plastics by H. Briscall and C. R. Thomas.

Author: 
[ Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, Aldermaston ] AWRE News, edited by W. G. C. Perry; H. Briscall; C. R. Thomas;
Publication details: 
October 1966. 'The A.W.R.E. News is published monthly at the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, Aldermaston, and printed by G. W. Simpson & Son Ltd. (T.U.). 45, Northbrook Street, Newbury, Berks.'
£56.00

40pp., 4to. In slightly thicker wraps. In good condition, lightly-aged with slightly rusted staples. A professional production in a 'modern' style, with numerous illustrations and advertisements. Includes: 'Aldermaston News', 'Recreational Society News', 'The Formation and Properties of Cellular Plastics', 'Adlestrop', 'The Other Side of the Hill', 'Dragon Shows its Paces', 'Kings of Pop', 'How to win the Language Battle', 'An Astronomical Satelite', 'News from the Outstations', 'Welfare Notes'.

[ A. E. Glennie, computer pioneer. ] Article titled 'A. E. Glennie describes Electronic Computers' in 'AWRE News | The Journal of the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment'. With photographs of the IBM 7090 at Aldermaston.

Author: 
A. E. Glennie [ Alick Edwards Glennie ] (1925-2003), British computer scientist, developer of Autocode, colleague of Alan Turing [ Atomic Weapons Research Establishment, RAF Aldermaston ]
Publication details: 
A.W.R.E. News, vol. 8 no. 5. March 1961.
£180.00

44pp., 4to. Stapled. The complete magazine, in printed wraps with green masthead, on shiny art paper, with attractive 'modern' layout and numerous illustrations. Incongruous image on cover of girl and lamb. Glennie's article is on four pages, with a photograph of the author accompanied by a brief biography (ending 'He came to Aldermaston in 1955 and is now in S.S.C.M.') and three photographs of the 'IBM 7090 Electronic Data Processing Machine', one of them small, and the other two each half-page, and accompanied by a lengthy caption.

[British civil defence, 1950.] Autograph Notebook, with 'G. Reeves Atom' on cover, containing notes made at civil defence meetings (Home Office, Army or Fire Brigade?) in preparation for nuclear and biological warfare.

Author: 
G. Reeves [Home Secretary Planning Committee, Regional Office, Div, S/DO; Fire Services; British 1950s civil defence; nuclear war; atom bomb; biological warfare; atomic warfare]
Publication details: 
[London.] Notes made at meetings between 30 March to 25 June 1951.
£420.00

37pp., 12mo (including two irrelevant pages at the rear), of pencil notes, with some diagrams. In a spiral-bound 'No. 430 Reporter's Note Book' by Brown Knight & Truscott, Ltd, London. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. On cover: 'G. Reeves Atom'. The notes were made at meetings or lectures held at roughly fortnightly intervals. (The last page records 'No meetings' on 9 and 23 June.) Topics include: 'Types of Shelter', 'Refuge Room', 'Long range rocket', 'Antipersonnel Bomb' ('When a bomb is found a red flag in a stick is to be placed 3 paces to the North so that B[omb].

[Printed 'RESTRICTED' British Civil Defence pamphlet with enamel 'I.C.D.S.' (Instructor Civil Defence School) badge.] Civil Defence. Notes for Volunteers. [With sections on 'Atomic Warfare', 'Chemical Warfare' and 'Biological Warfare'.]

Author: 
[I.C.D.S.; British Civil Defence, 1955; Civil Defence School; Atomic Warfare; Biological Warfare; Chemical weapons; nuclear war]
Publication details: 
At foot of final page: '(1204) WT. 39620. [number of copies:] 22,500 [date of publication, i.e. July 1955:] 7/55 [printer:] D & G Ltd.'
£80.00

39pp., small 4to. Stud-bound in brown card printed wraps. In good condition, lightly aged and worn, with crease to front cover, to which the enamel badge is also attached, beside the ownership signature of 'E J Sayer' (Downing Street secretary Elizabeth Sayer, later Cooper.). First page dated in pencil '8th Sept', and pencil note in text of the 'permitted dose' of radiation.

[Mimeograph or similar; Civil Defence] A Collection of information sheets concerning action in the event of Atomic War

Author: 
[Atomic/Nuclear War Preparations; Civil Defence]
Publication details: 
[Civil Defence, 1964-1965]
£320.00

Five items, 1-26pp., folio, most undated, but one 1964, another 1965, staples rusty, minor damage to one with no loss. Item I: 26pp., with diagrams, "Layout of an Emergency Kitchen" with sub-headings Site, Layout of Cookers, Layout of Swill area, General, Food Untensil and Fuel Storage, Food Preparation Facilities, Cooking Apparatus, Serving Arrangements, Improvised Washing Up Arrangements, Disposal of Fouled Water, Disposal of Swill, Latrines; Item 2; 5pp., inc. A form headed Council | Civil Defence Department | Emergency Meals Service | Goods Received Book (Site...

[Folding plate] A Table exhibiting the chemical Nomenclature Proposed by Messieurs De Morveau, Lavoisier, Berthollet, and De Fourcroy in May 1787.

Author: 
Antoine Laurent Lavoisier (1743-1794), et al
Publication details: 
[1787]
£180.00

One page, 40 x 60cm, from unidentified edition (Instruction top right of page, 'To face Page 598'), fold marks, mainly good. First published in Lavoisier et al, "Méthode de nomenclature chimique" (1787). Paris 1787 Proposée par MM. de Morveau, Lavoisier, Bertholet, & de Fourcroy.

[Printed pamphlet.] Cataclysm Has Begun! [With covering Typed Letter Signed from Williamson to George H. Brook.]

Author: 
J. J. Williamson [John Jacob Williamson], Founder-President, the Society of Metaphysicians Ltd, Hastings, Sussex [Nuclear proliferation; Cold War; Atomic Bomb]
 Cataclysm Has Begun!
Publication details: 
Pamphlet: 1955. The Society of Metaphysicians Ltd. Letter: 19 February 1955; on letterhead of the Society of Metaphysicians Ltd, Archers' Court, Stonestile Lane, Hastings, Sussex.]
£250.00
 Cataclysm Has Begun!

4to, vii + 21 pp. Stapled pamphlet, on two different paper stocks (white and grey), front cover detached Text clear and complete. Good, on aged paper, with crease to one corner of title-leaf. Title leaf printed, the rest mimeographed. Pp. v-vii consist of an appendix at the rear of the volume. Occult pseudo-science (the Society's logo is a pentacle), presaging the hippie 'retreat from reason' in the face of Cold War realities. Begins 'For ten years the Society of Metaphysicians has worked in the interests of human unity at all levels.

[Pamphlet] Address of Alexander W. Williamson, President

Author: 
[Alexander W. Williamson, Chemist, President of the British Association for the Advancement of Science]
Address of Alexander W. Williamson, President
Publication details: 
[1873]
£95.00
Address of Alexander W. Williamson, President

27pp., 8vo, sewn as issued, good condition. Scarce. COPAC lists six copies, while WorldCat lists the Glasgow and Edinburgh copies but no American.

Folder compiled in 1958 by William E. Appleby, containing a plan, a list, photographs, and newspaper cuttings, relating to Appleby's model for the U.K. Atomic Energy Authority of the 'Zeta' fusion device at Harwell, for the Brussels Fair.

Author: 
William E. Appleby [ZETA nuclear fusion device; Harwell; U.K. Atomic Energy Authority; Museum of Model Engineering & Science, Westcliffe-on-Sea]
A plan, a list, photographs, and newspaper cuttings, relating to Appleby's model
Publication details: 
1958. All items laid down on pages headed 'Museum of Model Engineering & Science, Westcliffe-on-Sea'.
£350.00
A plan, a list, photographs, and newspaper cuttings, relating to Appleby's model

The collection is laid down on the rectos of 43 leaves of a 4to folder, on pages printed with borders and headed with the name of the Museum. Items in good condition, with the usual aging to newspaper cuttings, in worn folder. Folder in original buff wraps with, printed on front wrap, 'Compiled and Edited by WILLIAM E. APPLEBY', and with the subject given in manuscript as 'Atomic Models & Machines (MEL) Zeta.' Last page with note by Appleby: 'Zeta | Science Museum | Made by | [signed] William E Appleby'.

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