Science, Medicine and Technology

Typed Letter Signed to the Secretary, Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
Sir James Weir French
Publication details: 
27 July 1919; on letterhead 'ARDOCH HOUSE, | BEARSDEN, | DUMBARTONSHIRE.'
£28.00

British engineer (died 1953). One page, quarto. Very good. Docketed and bearing R.S.A. stamp. Signed 'James Weir French'. 'I should be very pleased to have the opportunity of supporting the Society and I would be glad if you would make the necessary arrangements as you have so kindly offered to do'.

Typed Letter Signed to the Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, together with unsigned carbon copy of the secretary's reply.

Author: 
Captain Basil Rupert Willett [MARCONI; RADAR]
Publication details: 
Letter: 9 July 1947, on letterhead of 'MARCONI'S WIRELESS TELEGRAPH COMPANY LIMITED'; carbon copy: 10 July 1947, no place.
£65.00

Willett (died 1966) and C. E. Horton were the two Royal Navy representatives to whom, in the autumn of 1940, it was demonstrated that the 10cm ground-based, experimental radar equipment could track ships. LETTER (one page, octavo, creased and grubby, with staple holes to one corner, stamped and docketed): Acknowledges a letter of 4 July, and is 'honoured to accept the invitation of the Council of the Royal Society of Arts to seek election as a Fellow of the Society'. Encloses a 'Form of Proposal' and a cheque (neither present) and suggests the setting up of a banker's order.

Chromosomes in preinvasive, microinvasive and invasive cervical carcinoma

Author: 
Ingrid Granberg
Publication details: 
Lund, Sweden: 1971.
£25.00

Offprint from Hereditas [68: 165-218 (1971)], the journal of the Scandinavian Association of Geneticists. Pages 165-218, 8vo, with several figures in text. Contains two pages of 'Literature cited'. In stained and spotted printed light-brown wraps, otherwise in good condition. Inscribed at head of front wrap 'Thanks for your reprints and best regards | Ingrid Granberg'.

Psychoanalyse ihre bedeutung und ihr einfluss auf jugenderziehung, kinderaufklärung, berufs- und liebeswahl.

Author: 
Dr. Rudolf Urbantschitsch
Publication details: 
1924. Wien und Leipzig: Verlag Von Moritz Perles.
£65.00

Psychoanalyst (1879-1965). 46 pages, 8vo. 2 pages of publisher's advertisements at rear. In original brown printed wraps. Paper browning and with some wear to first and last leaves, and some loss, wear and closed tears to wraps.

Typed Letter Signed to G. K. Menzies, [Secretary,] Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
Olaf Frederick Bloch [INFRARED PHOTOGRAPHY; ILFORD LIMITED]
Publication details: 
30 June 1933; on letterhead of 'ILFORD LIMITED | Manufacturers of Sensitised | Photographic Materials'.
£75.00

Anglo-Danish research chemist (died 1944), a pioneer of infrared photography. One page, quarto. Very good, though a bit grubby and with a few small staple holes. 'Will you kindly thank the Council of the Royal Society of Arts for the honour conferred upon me in awarding to me a silver medal for my paper on Infra-Red Photography.' He will be present at the 'opening meeting of the next session'. Signed 'Olaf Bloch'.

The Importance of Accessory Factors in the Food.

Author: 
Harriette Chick and others.
Publication details: 
HMSO, [1919].
£45.00

Pamphlet, 7pp., cr. 8vo. Sub-title: Some facts concerning nutrition for the guidance of those engaged in administration of food relief to Famine-stricken districts. This pamphlet spreads word of the "new" knowledge about vitamins to a world in recovery from World War 1. One of the authors, Harriette Chick, helped spread the word to Vienna and Eastern Europe between 1919 and 1922. See #1988 for a collection of Harriette Chick publications.

Note in a secretarial hand Signed to Sir H[enry]. T[rueman]. Wood, Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, together with compliments slip.

Author: 
Sir Benjamin Baker
Publication details: 
The letter, 11 June 1901; the compliments slip 17 June 1901; both on letterhead '2, Queen Square Place, | Queen Anne's Mansions, Westminster, S.W.'
£26.00

English civil engineer (1840-1907), who built the Forth Rail Bridge and worked on the Metropolitan and District Railways of the London Underground. Both items one page, octavo, on grey paper. Both in good condition, stamped and docketed. The note, signed 'B. Baker', reads 'I am sorry to say the Glasgow University Jubilee will prevent me and I have no doubt others from beingn at Marlborough House on the 14th.' The slip reads 'With Sir Benjamin Baker's Compliments.'

Two Autograph Letters Signed to [Sir Henry Trueman Wood,] the Secretary, Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
Sir John Wolfe Wolfe-Barry
Publication details: 
Letter one: 28 June 1917; letter two: 29 October 1917; both on letterhead 'DELAHAY HOUSE, | 15, CHELSEA EMBANKMENT, | S.W.3.'
£45.00

British railway engineer (1836-1918). Both items very good, and both stamped and docketed, and signed 'J. Wolfe-Barry'. LETTER ONE: one page, octavo. 'I have much pleasure in accepting the Office of Vice President of the Society and shall be glad, as an ex-officio member of the Council to be summoned to its meetings'. LETTER TWO: one page, octavo (landscape). 'I want to propose William Archer Tait D.Sc Civil Engineer for admission to the Royal Sy of Arts. His address is 9 Victoria Street S.W. Please take the necessary steps'.

Two Typed Letters Signed to [K. W. Luckhurst,] the Secretary, Royal Society of Arts.

Author: 
Sir Edward Charles Dodds
Publication details: 
24 October 1938; 30 December 1947; both on letterhead of the Courtauld Institute of Biochemistry, the Middlesex Hospital.
£45.00

English scientist (1899-1973), Professor of Biochemistry at the University of London, and President of the Royal College of Physicians, 1962. Both items one page, 4to, and both good, though creased and with a few small staple holes. First item addressed to 'The Secretary' and second to Luckhurst. Both signed 'E. C. Dodds'. ITEM ONE: He has signed the form and is 'very glad to have an opportunity of being considered for Fellowship by your Council'. Asks whether his subscription is required with the application. ITEM TWO: Requests that 'the necessary forms' be sent to 'Mr.

The Sea Hornet: design, construction, and development.

Author: 
The De Havilland Aircraft Co. Ltd
Publication details: 
1944-1946,
£500.00

A large collection of material concerning the Hornet, 1944-1946, illuminating not only on the development of the Hornet but de Havilland procedures. It includes blueprints, drawings, data, memoranda, concessions, technical bulletins, service complaints, and related, as follows:1. (De Havilland Aircraft Co, company technical procedure) 25 large blueprints of various parts, folded. One has note "This Jack Assy to be used in Ist 15 Aircraft only", another "Sub-Contracted", etc.2. (De Havilland Propellers). Two large drawings, c.25 x 13", folded (Hydromatic Four-Bladed Type: a.

Autograph Letter Signed to Mrs E(dward) Tootal (Tootal was manufacturer, friend of Stephenson, Fairburn, Nasmyth).

Author: 
Sir Lyon Playfair.
Publication details: 
95, Grosvenor Street, Monday morning, n.d. [c.1858].
£85.00

Scientist, 1818-1898 (DNB).Two pages, 8vo, affixed by margin of verso to mount), accepting an invitation and explaining his delay in replying. "I have this moment arrived from Edinburgh where I have been canvassing for the Chair of Chemistry. This therefore must be my apology for not having replied to your note of invitation of the 26th (?), which was not forwarded to me. I shall have much pleasure in waiting upon you on Friday, unless summoned back to Edinburgh by my canvassing Committee before that time.

Autograph Letter Signed to Edward Tootal, manufacturer, friend of Nasmyth, Fairburn, etc.

Author: 
Robert Stephenson.
Publication details: 
34, Gloucester Sq. 11 Feb 1858.
£350.00

Civil engineer, 1803-1859 (DNB). Three pages, 8vo, affixed by verso of conjugal leaf to mount, advising him of contacts in Italy: "Ten years or thereabouts have slipped away since I was in Italy and it is scarcely credible that when I received your note I began to think over my old friends in that quarter of the world. I found they were all, or nearly all, removed or dead - Fenzi the Banker at Florence is I believe alive, but his bank stopped a few years ago and I don't know what are his circumtances or I would give you a note to him ...

Printed circular letter, A. Ogle, Secretary of Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company, Ltd. to "Dear Sir (or Madam)".

Author: 
Marconi
Publication details: 
Marconi House, Strand, 30 July 1923.
£18.00

One page, 4to, fold marks, sl. chipped, sl. foxing, text clear and complete. They announce a defferral of the Annual General Meeting while the agreement "now under negotiation between H.M. Government and the Company for the provision of an Empire Wireless Telegraph Service and te granting of a general licence for a world wireless telegraph sevice" is discussed.

Physical harm, sickness, and death by conjury | a survey of the sorcerer's evil art in America.

Author: 
Wayland D. Hand
Publication details: 
Offprint: 'Acta Etnographica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, Tomus 19, pp. 169-177 (1970)'.
£35.00

Hand (1907-86), an authority on American folklore, was Professor of Germanic Languages and Folklore at the University of California, Los Angeles. 9 pages (paginated as stated), octavo. In very good condition in light-blue printed card wraps. Minor spotting and discoloration. A 'survey, essentially, of the physical harm wrought by conjurers, [...] a discussion of sickness and disease, and other categories of physical impairment, and [...] a consideration of the nature of the magic employed, and the various circumstances and conditions under which it is carried out'.

Two Autograph Letters Signed to [F. J.] Epps[, F.G.S.]

Author: 
Sir Philip Manson-Bahr
Publication details: 
The first, 24 May 1951, on letterhead 'THE OLD COTTAGE, | POOTINGS, | NR. EDENBRIDGE, | KENT.'; the second, 3 January 1952, on letterhead '149, HARLEY STREET, W.1. | (MARYLEBONE ROAD END)'.
£80.00

English physician specialising in tropical medicine (1881-1966). Both 1 page, 16mo. Both dusty but in good condition. The first on blue paper the second on light green. In the first letter he says he is 'glad to be able to report that my paper has been written & is now being typed out. It has taken me many hours to do so in order to make it interesting & attractive to the non-medical reader. Whether I have succeeded in doing so I must leave to you to decide.' He says the paper 'should be in your hands by Monday next.

Autograph Note Signed to Mrs Christie Miller.

Author: 
Sir Christopher Heath
Publication details: 
25 January 1891; on letterhead 36 Cavendish Square, W.
£50.00

President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (DNB). 1 page, 8vo, in good condition with remains of stub adhering to blank verso. Doctor's handwriting. 'I am quite sure theh bleeding is of no consequence. Please let Geoffrey batter two fingers with the old <?> lotion & put a little bit of cotton wool <?> in the lotion in the end of the finger- - | Yours truly | C. Heath'.?>

Autograph note signed to F. Benham,

Author: 
Sir William Jenner
Publication details: 
2 January 1880, with letterhead 63 Brook Street, Grosvenor Square.
£35.00

Physician (1815-98), physician extraordinary to Queen Victoria. One page, 12mo, in stamped envelope addressed in autograph. "Dear Mr. Benham, / I shall be happy to meet Dr. Jervis at your house on Tuesday afternoon at 2.45. / Yours very truly / W. Jenner".

Bookplate "Ex Libris N. Asherson".

Author: 
Mervyn Peake.
Publication details: 
No date.
£55.00

Bookplate, in very good condition, inside front cover of "The Medical Works of Hippocrates" trans. John Chadwick and W.N. Mann (Oxford, 1950), in good condition in chipped and torn dj, label of bookseller at base of inside front cover. From the Library of N[ehemiah] Asherson.

Bookplate "Ex Libris N. Asherson".

Author: 
Mervyn Peake.
Publication details: 
No date.
£55.00

Bookplate, in good condition, inside front cover of "The Fatal Illness of Frederick the Noble" by Sir Morell Mackenzie (London, 1988), good condition, previous owner's initials on front ep, enclosing note from the firnd who gave Asherson the book (Graydon Hume) and another in Asherson's hand describing this gift. From the Library of N[ehemiah] Asherson.

Bookplate "Ex Libris N. Asherson".

Author: 
Mervyn Peake.
Publication details: 
No date.
£55.00

Bookplate, in very good condition, inside front cover of "Disraeli" by the Earl of Cromer (London, 1912), sl. hinge strain, ow. good condition, former owner's inscription and bookseller's label, From the Library of N[ehemiah] Asherson.

Bookplate "Ex Libris N. Asherson".

Author: 
Mervyn Peake.
Publication details: 
No date.
£55.00

Bookplate, in good condition, inside front cover of "Selected Writings of Sir William Osler" (OUP, 1951), mainly good condition in soiledand sl. chipped dj, with one small tear. From the Library of N[ehemiah] Asherson.

Bookplate "Ex Libris N. Asherson".

Author: 
Mervyn Peake.
Publication details: 
No date.
£55.00

Bookplate, in very good condition, inside front cover of "Rats Lice and History" by Hans Zinsser (London, 1935), covers marked but mainly good condition, no dj. From the Library of N[ehemiah] Asherson.

Bookplate "Ex Libris N. Asherson".

Author: 
Mervyn Peake.
Publication details: 
No date.
£55.00

Bookplate, in very good condition, inside front cover of "Lives of the Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of England" by D'Arcy Power and W.R. Le Fanu (London, 1953), mainly good condition, no dj. From the Library of N[ehemiah] Asherson.

Bookplate "Ex Libris N. Asherson".

Author: 
Mervyn Peake.
Publication details: 
No date.
£55.00

Bookplate, in very good condition, inside front cover of "The Physical Background of Perception" by E.D. Adrian (Oxford, 1947), good condition in frayed dj. From the Library of N[ehemiah] Asherson.

Temporary Certificate Exchangeable for Engraved Certificate.

Author: 
[SHARE CERTIFICATE] Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America
Publication details: 
11 July 1912; 'AMERICAN BANK NOTE COMPANY, NEW YORK'.
£35.00

Approximately 8 inches by 11 inches. Printed in red and black. In good condition, but grubby, creased and with some staple and pin holes. Records the Rev. Arthur Robert William Law's holding of ten shares. Signed by the Treasurer and Vice-President, and countersigned by the Transfer Agent. Signed by Law on reverse. Large stamped notice in black ink by The Corporation Trust Company. Margins docketed in pencil.

Autograph Letter Signed to "Mr Macdonald/ 87 Pall Mall".

Author: 
David Wilkie
Publication details: 
12/05/12
£100.00

Painter (1785-1841), two pages, 12mo, bifolitate leaf (damaged (adress intact), staining but text clear and complete. Text as follows: "Dear Macdonald/ I forgot to say yesterday that if you wanted a table for the room you should send to Mr Demoy Duke Street. I beg you will see about the bills at Reynells[?], and let me know what you did about the advertising last night and the night before. Put down in the list of subscribers the name of Samuel Whitbread Esq. 35 Dover Street. Proof. [name and following underlined].

A Darwin Symposium. Darwin, Evolution and Modern Life (The British Society for the History of Science).

Author: 
Charles Darwin (Symposium).
Publication details: 
14/03/59
£50.00

Ephemera relating to this even in the Auditorium of the Wellcome Building, including the Prospectus and application for tickets, one page, 4to; tickets for the Symposium and Buffet Lunch (2); and the Programme (speakers include J.S. Weiner, Asa Briggs, J.M. Thoday, F.E. Zeuner, etc), 4pp., 8vo, brief notes on lectures added by Nehemiah Asherson, Harley Street specialist.

Autograph Letter Signed to Lady Watney [wife of Sir Frank Watney], together historical notes, two tracings and two small photographs.

Author: 
William Byam Lane
Publication details: 
20 July 1937; 39 Eton College Road, Chalk Farm.
£125.00

English writer (1866-1945). The letter is 2 pages, 8vo, and the notes are 9 pages octavo. Neatly written on one side each of eleven matching leaves, all ruled with blue lines. In good condition overall, but with the paper somewhat discoloured, creased and ruckled, and with some rust stains from a paper clip and closed tears. He is sending as promised 'the evidence of the bishop's mitre having come down to us from very ancient times'.

Autograph Signature on fragment of letter.

Author: 
Sir Roderick Impey Murchison
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£25.00

British geologist (1792-1871). Paper dimensions approximately 1 1/4 inches by 4 inches, somewhat discoloured by glue from mounting. Reads ' | Rod I Muchison'. Docketed on reverse.

ALS, 2pp, 16mo, to unnamed correspondent

Author: 
Laurence Parsons, 4th Earl of Rosse (DNB), astronomer
Publication details: 
12 June 1890, on House of Lords paper, with blind stamp scored through and address given as 23 Hans Place, S.W.
£25.00

Gives details of where he is to be found in the coming week ("from 4 to 5 on each of those days at the Athenaeum club, I think at any rate by appointment, or I could call on you at the Temple at 4-15 on one of those days"). With marks and remains of gummed paper on reverse of otherwise-blank second leaf.

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