Science, Medicine and Technology

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".

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.

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".

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.

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 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 S. Teulon.

Author: 
Samuel Smiles.
Publication details: 
South Eastern Railway, 7 August 1857.
£100.00

South-Eastern Railway secretary, social reformer, author ((1812-1904). Two pages, 8vo. He is presenting one of his books, presumably the "Life of George Stephenson" which was published in July of that year: "The book has been written under great disadvantage, - and has been scraped together as it were out of the scraps & odd bits of my lesser moments. But such as it is I hope it will afford you some pleasure to read." Smiles wrote "Self-Help" among other significant books.

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.

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 note signed to John Kinahan,

Author: 
Sir Robert Rawlinson
Publication details: 
13 March 1891, with letterhead Lancaster Lodge, 11 Boltons, West Brompton.
£40.00

Civil engineer (1810-98). One page, 12mo. Dear Sir / I return the papers as you desire. / Having so many calls near home I fail to see how I am expected to support your . / I am / Yours truly / Robert Rawlinson".

Autograph letter signed (part of) to unknown correspondent.

Author: 
G.C. Lewis
Publication details: 
No date.
£35.00

Statesman (1806-1863). Vestiges of its having been laid down in an album. Part of a letter as follows: " . . . chloroform, & with perfect success but she has since suffered much pain. Her recovery, I am happy to say, is . . ." and overleaf the following " . . . & therefore I conclude that it was quite groundless" Ever yrs truly/ GCLewis". Tantalising fragment but Queen Victoria was a well-known pioneer in the use of chloroform in child-birth, and is the likely subject for a letter by a member of her Government.

Autograph letter signed to [?] Carruthers,

Author: 
John Hall Gladstone
Publication details: 
29 March 1887, with letterhead 17 Pembridge Square.
£30.00

Chemist (1827-1902). "I am trying to get small collections of natural objects for our Pupil Teachers' Schools, as we wish these teachers of the future to have some systematic knowledge of natural history and other elementary science. Could you tell me where we could best purchase typical specimens illustrating the different orders of plants &c. Possibly some small cabinets are to be obtained." Traces of mount to verso adhering to blank second leaf.

Autograph letter signed to A. Byham,

Author: 
Captain William Scarfe Moorsom
Publication details: 
23 Sept [?], 17½ Great George Street, Westminster.
£40.00

Civil engineer (1804-63). 2 pp, 12mo. "Dear Sir / Will you excuse the Son of your old Surveyor General so far as to send me a printed copy of the regulations under which Boys come for examination at Woolwich Academy: My Boy will probably be finding his way there & I want to prepare him to meet the Points of examination: - If you have not any of the printed copies perhaps by passing this not into an adjoining room you will be able to send one by my messenger who will wait, & you will much oblige yours faithfull / W. S. Moorsom".

Autograph letters signed (x 3) to Clement Shorter, editor The Sphere, etc.

Author: 
E. Ray Lankester
Publication details: 
no year given
£50.00

Zoologist. 2pp. each, 8vo. He talks about proofs of his articles,giving instructions, discusses a manuscript he has submitted and congratulates Shorter on photographs of a Siberian mammoth. 3 items,

Autograph Letter Signed, 3pp., 8vo, to J.L. Tupper

Author: 
Richard Partridge
Publication details: 
05/12/59
£35.00

Surgeon (1805-1873). He discusses the book, "Bell on Expressions" which he is sending, discussing the illustrations tongue-in-cheek.

Autograph Note Signed, one page, 4to, to D. Christie Tait

Author: 
Leonard Huxley
Publication details: 
26/01/21
£25.00

Biologist and poet (1860-1933). He accepts with pleasure the invitation to preside at the next Conway Memorial Lecture, and wonders when Tait would like a copy of his introductory remarks.

"Viscount Ferdinand de Lesseps"

Author: 
Henry Mitchell
Publication details: 
Offprint) From the Proceedings of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, vol.XXX1 (1896)
£200.00

American hydrographer and engineer (1830-1902). Wraps, detached and chipped, pp.370-385, contents good. Inscribed by the author to George Davidson (1825-1911) geodesist and geographer AND ANNOTATED extensively throughout by Davidson, marking passages with underlining, expressing doubts about accuracy with question marks and trenchant comment from "Rot" to short addition, to lengthy disquisition, and adding information from his own wide and detailed knowledge, both Davidson and Mitchell having an interest in the Panama Canal.

Autograph Postcards Signed (x 3)2 initialled, to C.H. Grinling, labour activist

Author: 
J. Arthur Thomson
Publication details: 
1905 (1), 1918 (2)
£40.00

Zoologist (1861-1933). Two of the cards say very little. The third is as follows: "'Nature' remains, more or less wisely, on an altitude. Books brought ot the altar will be reviewed. Others won't. If Prof. Carr sends a copy to 'Nature', as surely should have been done on publication, the all-highest Editor may send it to me for review, and for return therafter to the alter (sic). As far as \i know, this is the invariable rule. Of course I shall be glad to call attention to first-rate work." 3 items,

Autograph Note Signed to (Sir Frederick) Bramwell, engineer

Author: 
J. Wolfe Barry,
Publication details: 
23/06/92
£35.00

Engineer. One page, 8vo. He asks him to use his influence in Belfast to get a job for a former pupil of his.

Autograph Notes Signed and Autograph Letters Signed (x 6) to Charles Manby, engineer

Author: 
F.H.F. Berkeley,
Publication details: 
1849-1852
£100.00

Politician. 1 and 2pp., 8vo. He discusses an anonymous witness ("la Dame Blanche") in a confidential matter. Later letters discuss a trickster operating in Berkeley's constituency (selling gas without coal with a magnet). He seeks information from Manby whom he believes will have the contacts to get it. Six items,

ALS to P.P. Alexander

Author: 
Alexander Bain, Scottish psychologist and educationalist
Publication details: 
13/12/75
£100.00

2pp., 8vo. Compliments Alexander's "polemic with Mill on the question of 'Liberty and Necessity'"" and promises a review ("some public form").

Autograph Note, third person, "Dr Roget" to Sir David Brewster, natural philosopher (DNB).

Author: 
P.M. Roget.
Publication details: 
39 Bernard Street, Russell Square, 16 May 1839.
£60.00

Physician and savant (1779-1869). One page, trimmed,removed from an album, stained but text clear and apparently complete. Roget invites Brewster to dinner. This derives from the album formed by Brewster's daughter-in-law, Annie, and to which Brewster contributed substantially. (See earlier entries.) Roget was a close associate and was a colleague of Brewster's in the British Association.

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