Science, Medicine and Technology

Autograph Signature in copy of The Collected Poems of John Masefield (London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1935).

Author: 
Marie Stopes
Publication details: 
1935; Norbury Park.
£85.00

Marie Carmichael Stopes (1880-1958), British paleobotanist and eugenicist, influential advocate of birth control. Clean neat inscription on recto of front free endpaper reads 'Marie C. Stopes | Norbury Park | 1935'. The volume is in good condition, in a grubby dustwrapper worn at the head and tail of the spine. Pages 324-5 and 339 have been marked up in soft pencil.

Annual Reports.

Author: 
The Edison Swan Electric Company Limited.
Publication details: 
1904-1945
£450.00

In two volumes, folio and 4to respectively (1904-1930 and 1931-1945), black cloth, some wear and tear, hinge strain, but contents in good condition. Two volumes,

Reports regarding Sir William Thomson's Compass and Sounding Machine

Author: 
Sir William Thomson
Publication details: 
Glasgow (1876)
£200.00

(Lord Kelvin) 19 leaves (printed one side only), 4to, not bound. A rare promotional brochure and price list for navigational instruments including the dry-card compass, the first modern compass. Thomson had invented the compass the previous year. The reports are accompanied by statistics and are from Captains of vessels experimenting with the new invention (White Star, P & O, etc.)

A collection of photographs and other ephemera.

Author: 
Commercial Cable Company, Madeira.
Publication details: 
Madeira, c.1903.
£350.00

More than 60 photographs of various sizes from 2 x 2" to 10 x 8", of the staff and cable station (interior, inclduing equipment, and exterior) at Fayal on Madeira. One photograph is dated 1903. WITH: related ephemera (non-telegraphic). The collection,

Beriberi and other food-deficiency diseases in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Author: 
W. R. Aykroyd (Beit Memorial Research Fellow; formerly House Surgeon at the General Hospital, St John's Newfoundland),
£25.00

Offprint. (From the Journal of Hygiene, vol.xxx no.3, 29 August 1930, pp.357-86). 'Author's Presentation Copy.' For other pamphlets on beri-beri from the Library of Harriette Chick (as this) nutritionist, see above and below #s2653 ff. or request a full list.

Autograph Letter Signed to Dr Dawson Turner.

Author: 
Ernest Abraham Hart
Publication details: 
13 September 1880; 38 Wimpole Street, W.
£35.00

Medical journalist and reformer (1835-98), editor of the British Medical Journal. 2 pages, 8vo, in good condition, docketed in pencil. The recipient is not the celebrated collector of autographs but a physician of 13 Salisbury Street, Strand. 'I am staying at Weybridge & shall expect to be in town only for an hour on Thursday & shall hardly be able to have the pleasure of seeing your friend, but if you or he should write to me I shall be very glad if I can in anyway be of service to you.'

Typed Letter Signed to F. J. Epps, Convenor, South-Eastern Union of Scientific Societies, 78 Dunwich Road, Bexleyheath, Kent, England.

Author: 
Carl P. Russell
Publication details: 
18 August 1943; on letterhead United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
£150.00

Chief Naturalist of the National Park Service and Superintendent of Yosemite National Park. One page, 8vo, slightly stained but in good overall condition. Russell is replying to Epps's request for information about the National Park System, 'particularly those areas which are classed as "nature preserves"'. He says that he is sending a number of publications under separate cover, and that with this letter he encloses copies of the 'Antiquities Act' of Congress, 1906 and 'Dr. Kendeigh's article' (neither of which are present).

Autograph Signature on fragment of Typed Letter to unnamed correspondent.

Author: 
Edward Hindle
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£10.00

Naturalist, Fellow of the Royal Society and Scientific Director, the Zoological Society. The fragment is approximately two inches by five, good condition. It reads 'Yours sincerely, | Edw Hindle | (Edward Hindle) | Scientific Director.'

Autograph Signature on fragment of Typed Letter to unnamed correspondent.

Author: 
Edward Hindle
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£10.00

Naturalist, Fellow of the Royal Society and Scientific Director, the Zoological Society. The fragment is approximately two and a half inches by five: paper slightly discoloured. It is mounted on a piece of paper and reads 'With kind regards, | Yours sincerely, | Edw Hindle | (Edward Hindle) | Scientific Director.'

Autograph Letter Signed in French to the Abbé [François Napoléon-Marie] Moigno (1804-1884).

Author: 
Thomas Sterry-Hunt
Publication details: 
15 September 1855; 35 Avenue d'Antin, Paris.
£100.00

Canadian geologist (1826-92), Fellow of the Royal Society. 2 pages, 8vo, in good condition but with minor loss to one corner resulting in loss of part of one word of text. The recipient Moigno has been described as a mathematician and scientific vulgariser. Sterry-Hunt received Moigno's note the previous morning and regrets that he will be unable to meet him as he leaves on Monday for a 15-day tour of the Rhine and Alsace.

Autograph Note Signed to Mrs Sawyer [wife of American Unitarian minister Thomas Jefferson Sawyer (d. 1899)?]].

Author: 
Sir Douglas Fox
Publication details: 
<Crombe?> Springs, Kingston-on-Thames, 23 February 1900.
£35.00

British civil engineer of the Victorian period (DNB). One page, 16mo, good condition, with remains of four pieces of gummed paper still adhering to blank reverse. Expresses his sincere regret at learning of the death of his 'old friend' the correspondent's husband. 'May the God of all consolation be very present with you and your family.' According to his DNB entry Fox was strict in his religious observances.

autograph letter signed to [?] Turner

Author: 
August Dupré [August Dupre]
Publication details: 
1p, 16mo, 2 August 1883, on letterhead of the library of Westminster Hospital
£35.00

English chemist. States that he will be happy to sign his correspondent's nephew's application for the Fellowship of the Chemical Society. '[F]rom personal knowledge I have no doubt that my friend Mr Hake [Thomas Gordon Hake, 1809-95, DNB] will do the same.' Docketed by recipient on otherwise blank second leaf.

autograph note signed to unnamed female correspondent (wife of Sir Robert Hardy?)

Author: 
Robert Alfred Cloyne Godwin-Austen
Publication details: 
1p, 16mo, on mourning paper, 3 February 1869, Chilworth Manor
£35.00

Victorian geologist (DNB). 'Amongst the many pleasant recollections which the Members of the British Association will retain of their visit to Norwich will be that of their hospitable reception by Sir Robert Harvey. The Lecture over which I had the honor to preside (C.) has to be directly grateful, for we were twice guests at Crown Point.'

one autograph letter signed,

Author: 
Sir William Whitla
Publication details: 
4 March 1891, with letterhead 8 College Square North, Belfast.
£30.00

Physician (1851-1933). One page, 12mo. "Dear Mr President / I enclose list with a few names added You will find that you had included in your list a large number of the Committee - / Sincy yrs / W. Whitla" With gummed paper from previous mounting adhering to the blank verso.

Autograph letter signed to the Dean of Westminster.

Author: 
Benjamin C. Brodie.
Publication details: 
26 Dec. <1847?>
£20.00

The Elder. Surgeon and physiologist (1783-1862). Two pages, 8vo. He is sorry to find that the Dean and his wife are ill, and that he cannot accept an invitation.

Autograph letter signed to Rev. W.Tuckwell.

Author: 
William S. Savory.
Publication details: 
66 Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Oct. (no year- 1871?).
£35.00

Surgeon and medical writer (1826-1895). Two pages, 8vo. As follows: "Let me acknowledge the pleasure with which I have read your paper on the obstacles to Science teaching in school. It is by such efforts as yours, and I think in this way only, that the obstacles will be overcome."

Autograph Note Signed to Miss C. rachenburg, Lady Harding, The Terrace, Anglesey, Gosport.

Author: 
Gathorne Gathorne Hardy
Publication details: 
30/07/66
£30.00

Earl of Cranbrook. [On 2 July, Hardy was appointed to the Poor Law Board.] Statesman. One page, 8vo, laid down with envelope (stamped and addressed and counter-signed by Hardy, good condition. He thanks her for her "pamphlet on Cholera and its cure. I will submit it ot some more competent judge of the matter than I am." [Pamphlet not traced but a BLC search incovers over 100 titles involving cholera for the year 1866 alone.]

Autograph Letter Signed to “F. Ford”.

Author: 
G.D. Liveing.
Publication details: 
15/10/81
£35.00

Professor of Chemistry, Cambridge University (1827-1924). 2pp., 8vo, good. He finds “syllabuses” a reflection of what was considered important at a certain time, and is pleased to have been sent a plan of Wollaston’slectures. He goes on to discuss Wollaston (a predecessor of his in theChair) and the change wrought by his becoming Jacksonian Professor.

Autograph Note Signed to Bennet Woodcroft, writer on inventions (DNB)

Author: 
Fitzroy Kelly.
Publication details: 
32 Dover Street, 5 July 1862.
£25.00

Judge (1796-1880). One page, 8vo, good. He asks for an opinion on whether someone could procure a patent on the basis of some papers he is sending to him.

Signature.

Author: 
Robert Williams.
Publication details: 
No place and date.
£20.00

Inventor of a screw propeller (DNB). End of letter clipped, text "Yours very truly / Robt Griffiths", c. 3.5 x 1-1.5" (irregular), good condition.

Signature (end of letter).

Author: 
Roderick Murchison
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£25.00

Murchison, Sir Roderick Impey 1792-1871, geologist. Text as follows: "Yours sincerely, / Rod. I Murchison" clipped from letter, c/ 3.5 x 1.5", fold marks but clear, laid down on slightly larger piece of paper.

Autograph Letter Signed to "The very Revd Principal Mcfarlane" (presumably of Glasgow University (DNB).

Author: 
Charles Macintosh.
Publication details: 
Dunchattan, 28 Dec. 1836.
£75.00

Chemist, Inventor of water-proof material. See DNB. Two pages, 8vo, good condition. He asks for news about the Duke of Montrose. He describes his current illness, caused by the rupture of of a small artery in the lung - "we have got it soldered up however, but I am leaft weak from very copious bleeding".

Small part of autograph letter signed.

Author: 
Dionysius Lardner
Publication details: 
No place or date surviving.
£25.00

Irish scientist. Original letter probably to David Brewster, sceintist, since he contributed substantially to the collection of which this was part (a collection made by his daughter-in-law). Part of letter, c.3.5 x 2". One side "Believe me, Dear Sir, / yours very truly / Dion Lardner". Other side, 21 words, talking about a "subject" and "extensive knowledge", and producing "about twelve s[heets?]", having enclosed a "specimen".

Part of autograph letter to Sir David Brewster, scientist.

Author: 
William Fairbairn.
Publication details: 
No place or date surviving.
£25.00

Scottish engineer. Small part of letter, trimmed, formerly laid down, 3 x 1.5". One side, the subscription, "My dear Sir David, / yours faithfully / Wm Fairbairn". Other side, a few words about seeing Brewster and his wife and mentioning Hopkins who appears to be a visitor.

Autograph Note, third person, to David Brewster, scientist.

Author: 
William Grylls Adams.
Publication details: 
South Street, Saturday 4 Dec. (no year).
£20.00

Scientist and astronomer. One page, 12mop, margin with remnants of connection to album, good.He invites Brewster to dinner.

Signature only.

Author: 
J.F.W. Herschel.
Publication details: 
No place or date.
£25.00

Astronomer. Signature on scrap of paper, 2 x 0.5". From an album to which David Brewster contributed - the original letter in this case was probably to him.

Autograph Letter Signed to Dawson Turner, philanthropist and educationalist,(1815-1885)

Author: 
Thomas Watson.
Publication details: 
Reigate Lodeg, Reigate, Surrey, 15 June 1878.
£50.00

Physician (1792-1882). Two pages, 8vo, bifoliate, some marking but mainly good condition. He requests his pamphlets on "hygiene" and "Hints of Remedies". He reveals that he has read that Turner is in Holy Orders, and asks if he is also a Doctor.

Electric Transmission of Power

Author: 
Alexander Siemens.
Publication details: 
London and Newcastle, 1895
£80.00

(Pamphlet - Offprint. A Paper read before the North of England Institute of Mining and mechanical Engineers. General Meeting at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, December 8th, 1894 (Excerpt from the Transactions of the Federated Institution of Mining Engineers, London and Newcastle, 1895). 26pp., tall 8vo, 2 plates, one folding, paper wraps, sunned, stained, and chipped, fold mark, wear and tear, contents good, pencil lines by some passages, a few pencilled noets on cover. Owneship signature of Henry J. Young, INSCRIBED "With the Author's Compliments".

Autograph letter signed to a member of the family of the civil engineer and politician Sir Charles Lanyon (1813-89),

Author: 
Sir William MacCormac
Publication details: 
May 4 [no year], with the letterhead 13 Harley Street.
£45.00

Surgeon (1836-1901). "My dear Lanyon, / The young woman who has been working for me for some time past comes here when I want her to work, very well knowing my writing &c. I should not like to change without Cause but if an opportunity occur would be glad to assist your friend. I am sorry I missed seeing you, but I hope I shall be fortunate when you call again." Signed "W. MacCormac". With four pieces of gummed paper from mounting still adhering.

Autograph Quotation Signed "Marie C. Stopes

Author: 
Marie Stopes
Publication details: 
n.d.
£100.00

Stopes has written lines headed "Marriage" on a 4to page (her birthday, 15 October) extracted from "A Birthday Book designed by her Royal Highness the Princess Beatrice" (1881). The book comprises one day to every page. The book has the bookplate of N. Hardy Wallis (see BLC). Stopes says "Marriage:-/ A stream of sweet content whereon do float/The jewelled flowers of passion to the sea / Of deep and everlasting memory./ Marie C. Stopes.

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