SCIENCE

[ Sir Michael Foster, physiologist. ] Engraved form of the Royal Society of London, Burlington House, signed by 'M. Foster' as Secretary, acknowledging receipt of numbers of Alexander Ramsay's 'Scientific Roll'.

Author: 
Sir Michael Foster (1836-1907), physiologist and Secretary, Royal Society of London [ Alexander Ramsay ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Royal Society of London, Burlington House. 15 June 1882.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. On aged and worn paper, with loss to a few words of engraved text. A good piece of Royal Society ephemera: a nicely engraved form, with ornate letterhead. Addressed to 'A. Ramsay Esq | FGS', and signed 'M. Foster'. Acknowledging Ramsay's 'mark of consideration' in sending 'Scientific Roll. Vol. 1. Nos. 4-7'.

[ Sir Roderick Murchison, Scottish geologist. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Rod. I. Murchison') to Sir John P. Boileau, inviting him to dine with 'M. Quetelet' and 'one or two friends'.

Author: 
Sir Roderick Murchison [ Sir Roderick Impey Murchison ] (1792-1871), Scottish geologis who discovered the Silurian system [ Sir John Peter Boileau (1794-1869), archaeologist; Adolphe Quetelet ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 16 Belgrave Square, S.W. [ London ] 17 July 1860.
£90.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged paper with minor traces of glue at head. Addressed to 'Sir John P. Boileau Bt.' Reads: 'My dear Sir John, | If you are disengaged on Friday next I wish you would gratify me by dining with us "en petit comité" to meet M Quetelet & one or two friends'. 'M Quetelet' is the Belgian astronomer Adolphe Quetelet (1796-1874), founder of the Brussels Observatory.

[ Lewes Mechanics Institution, Sussex. ] Manuscript notebook titled 'Introduction to the Natural Philosophy Class at the Lewes Mechanics Institution', containing an introduction in one hand & entries relating to its magazine in another hand ('Nemo').

Author: 
Lewes Mechanics Institution, Sussex, founded 1825 [ Henry Browne; John Webb Woollgar; Joseph Woods ]
Publication details: 
[ Lewes Mechanics Institution, Sussex. ] No date. [ 1840s or 1850s? ]
£150.00

19pp., small 4to. Stitched and unbound. On cover;': 'Introduction to the Material Philosophy Class at the Lewes Mechanic's Institution'. Clearly dating from the early years of the Institution. Comprising a five-page introduction in one hand, and fourteen pages of drafts - signed on the last page 'Nemo' - in another. The first section with emendations, and the second with deletions. The initial five-page section is an introduction to a course of lectures.

[ Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl Stanhope [ Lord Stanhope ].] Autograph Letter in the third person, with his seal in red wax, to J. Phillips of Fenchurch Street, suggesting a meeting with him, 'Mr Sarjeant' and the Secretary of the Protestant Association

Author: 
Charles Stanhope, 3rd Earl Stanhope [ Lord Stanhope ], FRS (1753-1816), statesman and scientist, father of Lady Hester Stanhope and brother-in-law of William Pitt the Younger [ Gordon Riots, 1780 ]
Publication details: 
Mansfield. 10 April 1789.
£150.00

1p., 4to. On a bifolium, the reverse of the second leaf of which carries the seal in red wax (cracked, but a good impression nevertheless), and Stanhope's address to 'J. Phillips Esqr | Fenchurch Strt.' The letter would appear to relate in some way to the anti-Catholic Gordon Riots of 1780 (described by Dickens in 'Barnaby Rudge'). 'Mr. Sarjeant' is evidently Edward Sarjeant, who was Treasurer of the Protestant Association of London, of which Joshua Bangs was the Secretary and Lord George Gordon the President.

[ Charles Sedgwick Minot, American anatomist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to Alexander Ramsay (editor of the 'Scientific Roll'), giving details of plans for an 'International Congress' (regarding psychical research?).

Author: 
Charles Sedgwick Minot (1852-1914), American anatomist at the Harvard Medical School and founding member of the American Society for Psychical Research [ Alexander Ramsay, editor, 'Scientific Roll' ]
Publication details: 
25 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, Massachusetts. 29 September 1884.
£650.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. The letter would appear to relate to the formation of the American Society for Psychical Research. Six days before the writing of the present letter, on 23 September 1884, Minot had been a member of a committee of nine scientists who met at Boston to consider the advisability of the formation of a society for psychical research in America, William James being another member.

[ Sir William Huggins, astronomer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('William Huggins') [ to Alexander Ramsay, editor of the 'Scientific Roll' ], regarding 'one small correction' necessary in 'the spare proof'.

Author: 
Sir William Huggins (1824-1910), pioneer, with his wife Margaret Lindsay Huggins, in the field of astronomical spectroscopy [ Alexander Ramsay, editor of the 'Scientific Roll' ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 90 Upper Tulse Hill, S.W. [ London ] 22 May 1892.
£90.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper. He begins: 'On taking up the spare proof I find one small correction which should have been made'. He describes the correction that needs to be made on 'page 5 of th proof 13th line from bottom'. Ramsay is not named, but the item is from his papers.

[ Eleanor Anne Ormerod, economic entomologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Eleanor A. Ormerod') to Alexander Ramsay, editor of 'The Scientific Roll', describing the 'peculiar' nature of her 'consulting work'.

Author: 
Eleanor Anne Ormerod (1828-1901), economic entomologist [ Alexander Ramsay, editor of 'The Scientific Roll' ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Dunster Lodge, Spring Grove, Isleworth. 20 July 1882.
£220.00

For information on Ormerod, see her entry in the Oxford DNB. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged.

[ William Cunningham, Archdeacon of Ely, Scottish economist. ] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Wm. Cunningham') to an unnamed party, explaining why he must decline his invitation to co-operate, despite the 'flattering invitation' of the Delegates

Author: 
William Cunningham (1849-1919), Archdeacon of Ely, Scottish economist [ Harvard University ]
Publication details: 
Both from Trinity College, Cambridge. 9 and 12 October 1899.
£220.00

The two letters were written on Cunningham's return from America, where he had been lecturing in economic history at Harvard. Both are in good condition, lightly aged. Both are addressed from Trinity College, Cambridge. ONE: 9 October 1899. 2pp., small 4to. He has 'just returned to England after a long absence'. He appreciates 'the honour you have done me in asking me to cooperate in such a work', but regrets 'that it is impossible for me to undertake anything of the kind at present'. TWO: 12 October 1899. 4pp., small 4to.

[ Agnes Giberne, author and astronomer. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mrs Ranks'

Author: 
Agnes Giberne (1845-1939), prolific British author and astronomer, who helped set up the British Astronomical Association
Publication details: 
Abergeldie, Eastbourne. 1 September 1880.
£50.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. Abergeldie, Eastbourne, 'is at present my permanent address. We are not likely to return to Clifton, but shall probably settle down in Eastbourne, - though not in this house.' She thanks her for her invitation to Dalston: 'If I find it possible, when in London, to get there, I will write to let you know.'

[ Thomas Henry Huxley, biologist ('Darwin's Bulldog'). ] Autograph Note Signed ('T H Huxley') to 'Jones', regarding the whereabouts of 'Montagu I' and 'Montagu II'.

Author: 
Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-1895), English biologist, friend of Charles Darwin and supporter of the theory of evolution ('Darwin's Bulldog')
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£220.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged and spotted, with traces of mount adhering to reverse. Reads: 'My dear Jones | Montagu II is in the Fruit Room | You have Montagu I I think? | Yours sincerely | T H Huxley'. Note: A Google search throws up the Fruit Room in the Topkapi Palace (Istanbul) associated with Lady Mary Wortley MONTAGU. Would the association be presumptious.

[ Thomas George Bonney, geologist after whom Lake Bonney in Antarctica is named. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T. G. Bonney') to an unnamed lady, contesting that domestic service is a 'state of slavery'.

Author: 
T. G. Bonney [ Thomas George Bonney ] (1833-1923), geologist after whom Lake Bonney in Antarctica is named, President of the Geological Society of London
Publication details: 
23 Denning Road, N. W. [ London ]. On letterhead of the Athenaeum club, Pall Mall. 13 October 1904.
£220.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged. A tantalizing extract from a correspondence. He begins: 'I doubt whether domestic service, as a rule, is quite the state of slavery you depict, but, as I said before, the question which you ask me is less simple than you appear to think and I can only say that every employer is bound to remember that those he (or she) employs has wants, bodily and spiritual, very similar to his own.' He concludes the letter, and the correspondence, by apologising that he 'cannot continue to write on the subject'.

[ Swiss Flora; Alpines ] Swiss botany in the Enllghtenment period: an anonymous manuscript Flora of Switzerland in Latin, with observational notes in French and German.

Author: 
Flora of Switzerland [ Albrecht von Halle (1708-1777), Abraham Gagnebin (1707-1800) and Johann Rudolf Suter (1766-1827), Swiss naturalists and botanists ]
Swiss Flora 1
Publication details: 
[ Switzerland. Circa 1790? ]
£5,000.00
Swiss Flora 1

The present item is a product of the marked growth of interest in botany in general and the flora of Switzerland in particular exhibited during the Enlightenment, and exemplified by Jean-Jacques Rousseau's celebrated 'Lettres élémentaires sur la botanique'. Alexandra Cook's 'Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Botany' (2012) is a useful discussion of the subject (see in particular Chapter 3: 'Helvetia mediatrix: the atmosphere of eighteenth-century Swiss science'). It provides in addition a mass of invaluable observational evidence. 396pp, 8vo.

[ Pamphlet; inscribed by Hartog ] The Bicentenary of Joseph Priestley

Author: 
Sir Philip Hartog, A.N. Meldrum and Sir Harold Hartley
Publication details: 
Printed by Richard Clay, Bungay. Reprinted from the Journal of the Chemical Society, July, 1933.
£100.00

Paginated 896-920, beige wraps, sl. worn, vestiges of postage stamp on back cover, fold marks (postal wear and tear), contents good. Inscribed on front cover top, T W.H.D. from P.J.H[artog].

[ 'Engineering', London journal. ] Autograph register of contributions compiled by editor Thomas Walley, in form of table of articles and authors, with meticulous printing and publication details.

Author: 
Thomas Walley (1872-1947), editor of 'Engineering', London journal founded in 1866 [ Lieut-Col. Percy John Cowan (1876-1954) and Herbert Henry Johnson (c.1875-1957), joint editors ]
Publication details: 
[ London: Engineering. ] Entries dating from 27 November 1925 to 17 January 1934.
£750.00

Walley has converted one volume of a printed diary ('The Business Year Book' for 1923, by the R. C. Maxwell Co., Trenton, New Jersey) into a continuous table listing all the articles contributed between 27 November 1925 and 17 January 1934. Entries are compiled with the meticulous attention to detail one would expect from an engineer, giving a range of information including the times of receipt of material to the minute, and even the typeface in which an article was printed.

[ Henry James Slack, abolitionist, journalist and science writer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Henry J. Slack') to the antiquary Charles Roach Smith, regarding 'Miss Meteyard's book' and his 'new journal' the Intellectual Observer.

Author: 
Henry J. Slack [ Henry James Slack ], (1818-1896), abolitionist, English journalist, activist and science writer. [ Charles Roach Smith (1807-1890), antiquary; Eliza Meteyard (1816-1879), author ]
Publication details: 
34 Camden Square NW [ London ]. 26 March 1861.
£60.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with spotting at gutter. While his 'new Magazine [ the Intellectual Observer ] will not have space for reader of general Literature', he will do what he can 'for Miss Meteyard's book' (Eliza Meteyard published 'Give Bread, Gain Love' and 'The Delft Jug' in 1861]. He continues with reference to 'scientific questions' and 'our new magazine'.From 1862 Slack edited the Intellectual Observer, a development of a journal called Recreative Science, founded in 1859.

[ John Percy, metallurgist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Captain Donnelly', regarding 'warm work' at the House of Commons, and the preparation of the third volume of his 'Treatise on Metallurgy'.

Author: 
John Percy (1817-1889), metallurgist and Superintendent of Ventilation of the Houses of Parliament [ Captain Donnelly; Playfair ]
Publication details: 
1 Gloucester Crescent, Paddington [ London ]. 1 May 1868.
£100.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, tipped-in onto part of a page from an album. He begins by stating that he is returning a 'paper altered and corrected'. He goes on: 'We have had some warm work at the H[ouse]: of Commons of late'. (Percy had been appointed Superintendent of Ventilation of the Houses of Parliament in 1865. Percy is 'working very hard at my 3d volume, a large portion of which is in type'.

[ St. George Jackson Mivart, eventually anti-Darwinian biologist. ] Autograph Note Signed about a ticket.

Author: 
St. George Jackson Mivart (1827-1900), biologist who promoted Darwin's theories, then repudiated them
Publication details: 
No place. 29 June [ no year ].
£250.00

1p., 12mo. On aged and norn paper. Written in a difficult hand. Appears to read: 'Dear Mr Woodrow | I send you the enclosed (my ticket) till the end of July. Please let me <?> it at 71 Seymour St on the evening of July 31st.' A Catholic convert, Mivart was increasingly disenchanted with his friend Thomas Henry Huxley's anti-papist stance, and repudiated his initial support for the theory of evolution. This did not, however, endear him the the Roman Catholic authorities.

[ Samuel Baldwin Rogers, Welsh metallurgist and pamphleteer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('S B Rogers') regarding 'Six Petitions to the Queen', with printed pamphlet titled 'Addenda to the Samaritan Papers', and cutting of Times obituary letter by 'Y.'

Author: 
Samuel Baldwin Rogers (1778-1863), Welsh inventor, chemist, metallurgist, bookseller and pamphleteer
Publication details: 
Autograph Letter from Nant-y-glo; 24 October 1843. Pamphlet published by W. Strange, 21 Paternoster Row, London, and printed by 'J. Riley Morgan, Printer, High Street, Abergavenny.' [ 1843 ] Cutting of letter dated 14 September [1863 ].
£450.00

Rogers has been unduly neglected. He was a figure far ahead of his time.

[ Sir Waldemar Mordechai Wolff Haffkine, Russian bacteriologist described by Lister as "a saviour of humanity". ] Two Autograph Letters Signed and an Autograph Card Signed (all 'W. M. Haffkine') [ to editor ], regarding his entry in Men of the Times.

Author: 
Sir Waldemar Mordechai Wolff Haffkine [ born Vladimir Aaronovich Chavkin ] (1860-1930), Russian bacteriologist described by Joseph Lister as "a saviour of humanity"
Publication details: 
All on letterheads of the Buckingham Palace Hotel [ London ]. All dating from July 1899.
£850.00

A Ukrainian Jew, Haffkine found his early career obstructed by his refusal to convert to the Russian Orthodox Church. He emigrated and worked at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, where he developed an anti-cholera vaccine that he tried out successfully in India. He is recognized as the first microbiologist to develop and use vaccines against cholera and bubonic plague. He tested the vaccines on himself. The three items in good conditon, lightly aged. ONE: ALS. 2pp., 12mo. He has been 'away from town', but now hopes to send 'a note on my work' within the week. 'It wd.

[ William Scoresby junior, Arctic explorer. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('W Scoresby') to Edward Magrath, Secretary of the Athenaeum, correcting his address.

Author: 
William Scoresby junior (1789-1857), Arctic explorer, scientist and clergyman
Publication details: 
Torquay. 11 February 1852.
£220.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, lightly aged, with small tape stain at head. Reads: 'Dear Sir, | Will you be so good as to have my address registered in the Athenaeum books as above, which is my place of residence & not Whitby - from whence I have just recd. a circular about the payment of a subscription, which I had ordered to be made some days ago.'

[ Archibald Geikie, Scottish geologist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Arch Geikie') to a female student of geology, correcting the misidentification of two specimens.

Author: 
Sir Archibald Geikie (1835-1924), Scottish geologist and author
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Shepherd's Down, Haslemere, Surrey. 24 October 1907.
£56.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition. The recipient is not identified. The letter begins: 'Dear Madam | It always gives me pleasure when I can in any way assist a student of Geology, and the pleasure is not lessened when the student is a young lady.' He proceeds to explain how the two specimens about which she has written to him ('Frigonia incurva' and 'Pleuromya Voltzi') have been wrongly identified, concluding: 'Your specimens appear from your drawings to be only casts and may therefore be difficult to determine satisfactorily.'

[ Professor Robert Bellamy Clifton, designer of the Clarendon Laboratory in Oxford. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('R B Clifton') to 'Wells' [ Joseph Wells ], regarding 'the tickets for the Wadham party'.

Author: 
Robert Bellamy Clifton (1836-1921), Professor of Experimental Natural Philosophy at Oxford University, designer of the Clarendon Laboratory [ Joseph Wells (1855-1929) of Wadham College, Oxford ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Portland Lodge, Park Town, Oxford. 18 June 1884.
£80.00

2pp., 12mo. In good condition. Good firm signature, beneath which, in a contemporary hand: 'Professor of Experimental Philosophy | F.R.S: F.R.A.S.' He has been prevented from thanking Wells for 'the tickets for the Wadham party',having been engaged in 'a series of oscillations between London & Oxford', and his expressions of gratitude 'must now be combined with apologies for my delay in giving utterance to them'. Neither he nor his wife will be able to attend 'the festivity', but he has 'ventured to send the tickets to Mrs. G. R. Scott'.

[ Henry Baker Tristram, 'parson-naturalist' supporter of Charles Darwin. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('H B. Tristram') to Francis DuCane Godman, regarding their natural history collections.

Author: 
Henry Baker Tristram (1822-1906), geologist and 'parson-naturalist', a supporter of Charles Darwin [ Frederick DuCane Godman (1834-1919), naturalist ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Greatham Vicarage, Stockton upon Tees. 2 October 1865.
£220.00

Four pages, 12mo, good condition. He is pleased that Godman has 'found something new in your Agnean things', among which '[t]he red legged partridge if now will indeed be a treasure'. He also discusses the bullfinch, starling and wren, before moving on to shells and 'Guatamala eggs'. He is 'beginning to arrange my Cabinet for the long evenings employment. I shd. be glad to get together what I can.' The letter concludes: 'My Smithsonians are (the rare ones only) disgracefully broken & must have been packed after they were broken.'

[ Sir Roderick Murchison, Scottish geologist. ] Autograph Signature ('Rodck Murchison') on part of letter.

Author: 
Sir Roderick Murchison (1792-1871), Scottish geologist, discoverer of the Silurian system
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£23.00

On 2.5 x 8 cm piece of paper, cut from a letter. In good condition, lightly aged. Reads: 'Yours sincerely | Rodck Murchison'. On reverse: 'terest, Japanese i<...>'.

[ Dawson Turner, botanist and antiquary. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Mr Sowerby' [ the naturalist and illustrator James Sowerby ], regarding his last paper in the Linnaean Transactions, specimens he is sending, and other matters.

Author: 
Dawson Turner (1775-1858), botanist and antiquary [ James Sowerby (1757-1822), naturalist and illustraton ]
Publication details: 
Yarmouth; 29 June 1805.
£220.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and creased paper. Begins: 'By some strange, almost unaccountable, accident, the plates of my last paper in the Linnaean Transactions, accompanied by your kind favour of yr chromatic scale, have just found their way to my hands, tho' they have been some weeks in my house.' He asks what he is 'indebted for these plates', so that he may pay this and the 'subscription for your book on colors'. He describes specimens he is sending 'for English Botany', 'which you will be glad to figure.

[ Arabella Buckley, author and science educator. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Arabella B Fisher') to 'Miss May', arranging a meeting.

Author: 
Arabella Buckley [ Arabella Burton Buckley, married name Arabella Burton Fisher ] (1840-1929), author and science educator, secretary to Charles Lyell [ Charles Darwin; Alfred Russel Wallace ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Fircroft, Park Town, Oxford. 17 February 1910.
£150.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged. She has been informed by 'Miss Mildred Jones' that May is 'an out-student at one of the Oxford colleges, and that you would probably like to come and see me'.

[ James Sinclair, 14th Earl of Caithness. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Caithness') to <James Kennard?> of Bedford, regarding his 'Plan of a plough'.

Author: 
James Sinclair, 14th Earl of Caithness [ styled Lord Berriedale, 1823-1855 ] (1821-1881), Scottish Liberal politician, scientist and inventor.
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Weston House, Shipston-on-Stour. 1 January 1864.
£80.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. He letter begins: 'The last time I had the pleasure of being at your Works, was with The Duke of Sutherland, & Mr. Maconnell then of the L. & N. W. Rail. I am now anxious to see you on a matter of business, & if you are at home, I propose to go to Bedford on Thursday next, the 7th. Jany.' He gives details of how he proposes to travel, before explaining his object as to 'show you the Plan of a plough. I have tried it in a rough way, & it seems to save much <?>, & to do good work.

[ Printed Book; Telescope ] Manual of the Transit Instrument as used for obtaining Correct Time.

Author: 
Latimer Clark
Publication details: 
London: E & F.N. Spon, 1884.
£200.00

[40][16]pp., 12mo, "Manual of Transit Instruments" then "Descriptive Price Lists and Testimonials", illustrated printed grey paper wraps, discreetly repaired, spotted and aged, basically good condition. Ownership label of "Mr. James Macnab | Milton of Camsie | Glasgow" who might be responsible for the pencil notes throughout (closer to light than heavy), including note "not published now beside two Clark titles ("Clark's Transit Tables" (p.[41] and final page ("Transit Tables for 1884" (same book!).

[ Pamphlet ] Muscle and Nerve. A Lecture. Science Lectures for the People, No.7.-Fifth Series.-1873-4

Author: 
Professor Arthur Gamgee, M.D., F.R.S.
Publication details: 
Manchester: John Heywood [...] London: F. Pitman, [1874].
£80.00

Paginated, [111]-122, printed wraps, back cover listing John Heywood's "Educational Works". Tiny holes at spine indicate formerly bound in volume, aging but good condition. COPAC lists a copy at the BL, and within the series held by Manchester. No copy listed on WorldCat.

[ Jacob Bronowski, mathematician, historian of science and polymath. ] Duplicated draft typescript of his essay 'The Disestablishment of Science', with signed authorship inscription to the economist Eric Roll, asking for help.

Author: 
Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974), Anglo-Polish mathematician, historian of science, author and polymath [ Eric Roll (1907-2005), Baron Roll of Ipsden, economics and banker ]
Publication details: 
Typescript without place or date. Inscription dated 1 December 1970.
£300.00

[1] + 22pp., 8vo. On 23 leaves stapled together. In fair condition, aged and worn. The covering page, with title 'THE DISESTABLISHMENT OF SCIENCE | J. Bronowski', carries a synopsis of Bronowski's argument: 'Scientists have a duty to act as the conscience of society by always speaking the truth. They can do that only if they dissociate themselves from the apparatus of state.' Inscription on covering page: 'Eric Roll | - in the hope that you can help me with the unfinished, financial ideas at the end - | Jacob Bronowski 1 Dec 70'.

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