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TRANSACTIONS OF THE CANADIAN INSTITUTE Volume VI. Semi-Centennial Memorial Volume 1849-1899
Toronto: The Institute, 1899.
Quarto, original blue cloth spine gilt lettered and cream sides. (xvi), 660 pp + frontispiece portrait of Sir William Edmond Logan, first President of the Canadian Institute + colour and b&w plates, map. Illustrations in text. Spine very lightly sunned; foxing spots to sides; text paper toned; else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy, no owner names. Contains "The Early Days if the Canadian Institute" by Sir Sanford Fleming, "The Iroquois Beach" by A.P. Coleman, "The Geological History of Lake Superior" by Robert Bell, "The Origin of Gender" by A.J. Bell, "On the Classifications of the Déné Tribes" by A.G. Morice, "The Use and Abuse" of Philology" by A.G. Morice, "Decipherment of the Hieroglyphic Inscriptions of Central America", a long section by John Campbell, "The Oldest Written Records of the League of the Iroquois" by John Campbell, "Famous Algonquins: Algic Legends" by James Cleland Hamilton, "The Magnetic Influence of the Sun on the Eart and on Comets" by Arthur Harvey, "The Contest for the Command of Lake Erie in 1812-1813" by Ernest Cruikshank, "The Mesenterial Filaments in Zoanthus Sociatus (Ellis)" by J. Playfair McMurrich, "On the Structure of Micro-Chemistry and Development of Nerve Cells, with Special Reference to their Nuclein Compounds" by F.H. Scott, "On the Cytology of Non-Nucleated Organisms" by A.R. Macallum, "The Anatomy of the Orang Outang (Simia Satyrus)" by A. Primrose, "The Morphology of the Central Cylinder in the Angiosperms" by Edward C. Jeffrey, and "New Species of Canadian Fungi" by J.B. Ellis and John Dearness. Note: 2.5 kg parcel, extra postage will be required.
$60.00 Book Number: 44698 Order / Enquire
Aris, Rutherford, H. Ted Davis, Roger H. Stuewer, editors
Springs of Scientific Creativity: Essays on Founders of Modern Science
Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1984.
Red cloth, pp 342. Fine, jacketless copy, no owner marks.
$17.50 Book Number: 47335 Order / Enquire
BAILLY, Jean Sylvaine (1736-93)
Histoire de l'astronomie moderne depuis la fondation de l’école d’Alexandrie, jusqu’a le l’époque de M.D.CC.XXX. Nouvelle édition. (3 volume set)
Paris: De Bure, 1785.
Second edition (first was 1779-82). Three volumes, quarto, bound in contemporary mottled calf. I: pp (2, blank), (xvi), 751 + 13 folding plates. II: pp (iv), 751 + 5 folding plates. III: pp (2, blank), (iv), 415. Bound-in ribbon markers, marbled page edges, red page edges. Half-titles present, woodcut head and tail pieces. The engraved plates show geometrical constructions, star maps, instruments. Spines worn, with one titling piece perished, others chipped at edges, gilt ornamentation mostly worn away, shallow chips at spine tips. Bit of wear to outer corners and fore edges; joints and hinges neatly repaired; crease to lower outer corner of first few leaves of Vol. I; offset browning to margins of fly leaf and half-title of Vol. I and II; text clean and fresh, no tears to plates, Holland House bookplate (with red pencil shelf mark) at front of each volume. In all, good externally, text near fine, now tight in the bindings. >>>Bailly, a French orator, poet, playwright and astronomer, was one of the early leaders of the French Revolution, but like so many, was guillotined during the Reign of Terror. "Born in Paris, he was originally intended for the profession of a painter, but preferred writing tragedies, until attracted to science by the influence of Nicolas de Lacaille. He calculated an orbit for Halley's Comet when it appeared in 1759, reduced Lacaille's observations of 515 zodiacal stars, and was elected a member of the French Academy of Sciences in 1763. His Essai sur la theorie des satellites de Jupiter (Essay on the theory of the satellites of Jupiter, 1766), an expansion of a memoir presented to the Academy in 1763, showed much original power; and it was followed up in 1771 by a noteworthy dissertation Sur les inegalites de la lumiere des satellites de Jupiter (On the inequalities of light of the satellites of Jupiter). Meantime, he had gained a high literary reputation by his Éloges of King Charles V of France, Lacaille, Molière, Pierre Corneille and Gottfried Leibniz, which were issued in collected form in 1770 and 1790; he was admitted to the Académie française on 26 February 1784, and to the Académie des Inscriptions in 1785, when Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle's simultaneous membership of all three Academies was renewed in him. From then on, he devoted himself to the history of science, publishing successively: Histoire de l'astronomie ancienne (A history of ancient astronomy, 1775); Histoire de l'astronomie moderne (A history of modern astronomy, 3 vols., 1779-1782); Lettres sur l'origine des sciences (Letters on the origin of the sciences, 1777); Lettres sur l' Atlantide de Platon (Letters on Plato's Atlantide , 1779); and Traite de l'astronomie indienne et orientale (A treatise on Indian and Oriental astronomy, 1787). The 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica remarks that ‘Their erudition was… marred by speculative extravagances.’ The Revolution interrupted his studies. Elected deputy from Paris to the Estates-General, he was elected president of the Third Estate (5 May 1789), led the famous proceedings in the Tennis Court (20 June), and - immediately after the storming of the Bastille - became the first mayor of Paris under the newly adopted system of the Commune (15 July, 1789 to 16 November 1791). One of his actions in this position was to secure, with others, and in the face of threats and ridicule, the passage of a decree of Sept. 27, 1791 (confirmed Nov. 30 of the same year), which declared Jews to be French citizens, with all rights and privileges. This decree repealed the special taxes that had been imposed on the Jews, as well as all the ordinances existing against them. The dispersal by the National Guard, under his orders, of the riotous assembly in the Champ de Mars (17 July 1791) made him unpopular, and he retired to Nantes, where he composed his Mémoires d'un témoin (published in 3 vols. by MM. Berville and Barrière, 1821-1822), an incomplete narrative of the extraordinary events of his public life. Late in 1793, Bailly left Nantes to join his friend Pierre Simon Laplace at Melun, but was there recognized, arrested and brought (10 November) before the Revolutionary Tribunal at Paris. On 12 November he was guillotined amid the insults of a howling mob. In the words of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica, 'He met his death with patient dignity; having, indeed, disastrously shared the enthusiasms of his age, but taken no share in its crimes.' The lunar crater Bailly was named in his honor." - Wikipedia. This was perhaps the most important history of astronomy published in the 18th century. Holland house, built in 1605 and mostly destroyed during WWII, was one of the first great houses in Kensington (London). Under the third Lord Holland it was a celebrated centre of literary, political, and social activity. Note: 5 kg parcel, please enquire for shipping rate.
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Bartholomew, James R.
The Formation of Science in Japan: Building a Research Tradition
New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989.
Black cloth. pp 369, indexed. Fine in fine jacket, no owner marks.
$19.95 Book Number: 47509 Order / Enquire
AN INTRODUCTION TO ASTRONOMY. In a Series of Letters from a Preceptor to his Pupil....Illustrated with Copper-Plates. The Second Edition, Corrected and Improved.
London: J. Johnson, 1787.
Second edition, enlarged (first edition was in 1786). Old brown calf sides with more recent rebacking in tan calf with two labels. pp (viii), (438), (2, ads), (2, blank) + frontispiece and 19 folding plates (complete). No half-title leaf. Surface of sides rubbed away, leaving the leather like reverse calf; outer corners worn; inner hinges neatly repaired with rice paper; misfolding to many of the plates, some with a bit of wear & darkening to fore margins but images unaffected; VG otherwise, tight in the binding. Bonnycastle was Mathematical Master and Lecturer in Geography and Philosophy at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. He also published instructional books of arithmetic, geometry, and algebra. The present title was reprinted a number of times.
$350.00 Book Number: 8915 Order / Enquire
BORDEN, Mrs. John
THE CRUISE OF THE NORTHERN LIGHT: Explorations and Hunting in the Alaskan and Siberian Arctic. In which the Sea-Scouts have a great adventure
New York: Macmillan, 1928.
Octavo, black cloth gilt, endpaper maps. pp (2), (xvi), 317. Many photos in text. Yellowing to page edges; soft bumps to outer corners of covers; else a fine, bright & tight copy, no owner names, no flaking to the cover gilt. An expedition through the Bering Stait to Port Hope and Wrangel Island. Borden Field Museum 1927 Alaska Arctic Expedition, endorsed by the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. In search of brown bears, polar bears, walrus, and seals. AB 1978. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping may be required.
$50.00 Book Number: 31428 Order / Enquire
BRIGGS, John C.
FRANCIS BACON AND THE RHETORIC OF NATURE
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1989.
Grey cloth. pp (xvi), 285. Index. Fine in very nearly fine jacket. "Francis Bacon and the Rhetoric of Nature offers a synthesis of Bacons views about language and nature. John Briggs clarifies the close relation between Bacons famous reform of scientific method and his less well-known conceptions of rhetoric, nature, and religion. He examines traditional views of nature and persuasion that were influential in the intellectual and practical life of early-seventeenth-century England, and shows how Bacon replaces the old nature with is gradual unfolding of organic potential with a new nature of violence, secrecy, and instantaneous revelation rewarding the self-abnegating, assiduous sons of science. Briggs explores Bacons paradoxes and puzzles in the context of the older Aristotelian and cosmological perspective, paying particular attention to the views of persuasion. He points out a remarkable and complex consistency in Bacons use of Solomon, Moses, Paul, and the Greeks, and reveals the depth of Bacons conviction that nature is Gods code, which scientists decipher and exploit. He uncovers, throughout in Bacons work, a darker, more Machiavellian and ingenious Bacon than the twentieth-century admirers of his rationalist facade have identified." - jacket.
$30.00 Book Number: 43655 Order / Enquire
BROGLIE, Maurice de (1875-1960)
X-RAYS. Translated by J.R. Clarke
London: Methuen, 1925.
Octavo, light blue cloth. pp , (xiv), 203 pp + 7 plates and one folding table. 39 diagrams in text, Index. Band of yellowing to inner margins of free endpaper (from binding materials), short shallow bruise to upper inner corner of rear cover; spine very lightly darkened; else fine and fresh, no owner marks. Cream dust jacket lightly yellowed to spine and flap folds; tiny chips to spine ends; short shallow chip to upper inner corner of rear panel; else fine, flap price intact. "This book is intended to assist those who have not specialised in this branch of science, to make themselves familiar with modern X-ray physics. To this end a somewhat new treatment has been adopted. A well-illustrated chapter on X-ray spectographs increases the value of the work." - jacket. Maurice de Broglie was the elder brother of Louis de Broglie. They sometimes collaborated and co-authored a paper in 1921. Louis built on their shared research, but he was a theoretical physicist whereas Maurice was an experimental physicist. Louis was the first to postulate the wave-partical duality of matter, in 1924, and he won a Nobel Prize in 1929. Maurice did important work on in the study of X-ray diffraction and spectroscopy (he invented X-ray spectroscopy). In 1942 he assumed the Chair of Physics in the Collège de France and was elected to the Royal Society in London in 1940, having received their Hughes Medal in 1928 for his work on X-ray spectra. A superior copy of an important physics book.
$195.00 Book Number: 41862 Order / Enquire
IDEAS IN EXILE: a history of Canadian invention
Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1967.
Octavo, black cloth. pp xii, 372 + plates. THE AUTHOR'S OWN COPY, used to make a second edition (which never materialized). The front free endpaper states "Author's copy with changes for second edition". Prof. Brown's name & Montreal address is rubber stamped beneath. Red and black ink notes on endpapers and in text, a few clippings laid in. VG unworn copy in a poor dust jacket lacking part of the spine, taped, torn, flaps taped to endpapers. An eye-opener written by a good historian of technology. Quite a lot of important things have been invented in Canada, few indeed are the Canadian fortunes which have sprung from these inventions. because the inventors had to sell out to mostly American or British interests, quite often because of the cupidity and cowardice of Canadian capital. An important book, a unique and textually significant copy. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping may be required.
$95.00 Book Number: 40708 Order / Enquire
BROWN, R.J.E., editor
PROCEEDINGS OF THE FIRST CANADIAN CONFERENCE ON PERMAFROST, 17 and 18 April 1962. Technical Memorandum No. 76. [With] A REVIEW OF PERMAFROST INVESTIGATIONS IN CANADA. Technical Paper No. 146 of the Division of Building Research
Ottawa: National Research Council of Canada Associate Committee on Soil and Snow Mechanics, January, 1963.
Quarto, grey printed card covers, navy blue cloth spine, stapled binding, pp. 231 + 9 (Appendix), richly illustrated throughout with maps, charts, graphs, and black & white photos. Light fraying to spine ends with a 1 cm tear at both head & heel, staple puncture at top edge of upper cover, else a very good, clean, tight copy. Loosely inserted is A REVIEW OF PERMAFROST INVESTIGATIONS IN CANADA by R.J.E. Brown. Published in Ottawa, December 1962. Reprinted from The Canadian Geographer vol. VI, nos. 3-4, pp. 162-165. Cream printed wrappers, stapled binding, Fine, clean copy.
$30.00 Book Number: 29391 Order / Enquire
ESSAYS ON LIFE, ART AND SCIENCE. Edited by R.A. Streatfeild
London: Grant Richards, 1904.
Paper issue of the Colonial Library issue. Octavo, light green card covers printed in black. pp (xii), (340). Bit of fading to spine and margins of covers; spine has very small chips at head; endpapers are brown and brittle; cracked front inner hinge neatly repaired; yellowing to page edges; in all, a VG clean, tight and unworn copy, no owner names. The present book is the last title in the list of Grant Richards's Colonial Library on rear cover. A posthumously published collection of 9 essay, the last of which is "The Deadlock in Darwinism" (pp 234-340). An uncommon title in a particularly uncommon issue.
$100.00 Book Number: 42660 Order / Enquire
BUTLER, Samuel (Charles Darwin)
LUCK, OR CUNNING, as the main means of organic modification? An attempt to throw additional light upon Darwin's theory of natural selection
London: Fifield, 1920.
Second edition, re-set, with the author's corrections and additions to index. Octavo, blue cloth. pp 282, (2, ads). Light damp spotting to front and rear cover; yellowing and light foxing to endpapers; yellowing to page edges; rubber stamped private owner name at front, else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy.
$45.00 Book Number: 33486 Order / Enquire
CAMERON, Thomas W.M., editor [Charles Darwin].
EVOLUTION: Its Science and Doctrine. Symposium Presented to the Royal Society of Canada in 1959. L'Evolution: Colloque présenté à la Société Royale du Canada en 1959.
Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1960.
Red cloth. (xii), 242,  pp. One folding chart, diagrams in text. VG copy, no previous owner marks. Dust jacket has large chips, damp stains; fair. A symposium organized to commemorate the centenary of ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES. 20 articles (one in French), including "Samuel Butler and Evolution" by Claude Bissell.
$25.00 Book Number: 15502 Order / Enquire
CARLISLE, Anthony, F.R.S, F.S.A., F.L.S. (1768-1840)
AN ESSAY ON THE DISORDERS OF OLD AGE and on the means for prolonging human life
London: Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1817.
Octavo, 23 cm. pp iv, 103, untrimmed. Title page printed in red and black. Quarter bound in original boards. Backstrip lacking, hinges and joints repaired with rice paper tape. Lacking the front free endpaper; pastedown scarred from removal of label; name clipped from top edge of front free endpaper, with two inch slit to top margin of title leaf neatly repaired; damp stain to upper inner corner of title leaf; yellowing and light foxing in text; in all, a good, clean copy, text unworn >> Garrison-Morton 1604.1. Carlisle "addressed himself directly to old people and advised the young to adopt a sound regimen early in life in order to secure longevity. He described diseases common to the aging and looked upon the age of 60 as the beginning of senility. His comments on surgical problems of the old were incorporated in one of the first specialty books on this subject. He pointed out that 'dangerous operations are rarely adviseable in advanced age' because of the reduction in vitality and the presence of constitutional disorders". "Carlisle was niether a brilliant anatomist nor physiologist, but was a fairly good surgeon. His introduction of the thin-bladed, straight-edged amputating knife, in place of the old clumsy crooked one, and his use of the simple carpenter's saw make his name chiefly worthy of note." - DNB. Wellcome II p. 301.
$195.00 Book Number: 33625 Order / Enquire
THE ZOOLOGY OF THE VOYAGE OF H.M.S. BEAGLE, Under the Command of Captain Fitzroy R.N., During the Years 1832 to 1836....
London: Royal Geographical Society / C.I.L., 1994.
Title page continues: "Part I. Fossil Mammalia: By Richard Owen; Part II Mammalia by George R. Waterhouse; Part III. Birds by John Gould; Fish by The Rev. Leonard Jenyns". Facsimile edition. No. 926 of a Limited Edition of 1000 signed by Dr John Hemming. Four volumes, quarto. Bound in half tan calf leather decorated in gilt, marbled endpapers, spines with raised bands, bound-in ribbon markers. Enclosed in a wooden reading box, with inlay to ends, attached hinged reading stand/lectern, velveteen base. Contents: Vol.I. Fossil Mammalia. (Robert Owen, 1840) iv + iv + 111 pp. +large folding plate + 32 b/w plates. Vol.II. Mammalia. (George Waterhouse, 1839) 97 pp. + 32 coloured plates, and 3 b/w plates. Vol.III. Birds. (John Gould, 1841) 156 pp. +  index + 50 coloured plates. Vol.IV. Fish (Leonard Jenyns, 1842) xv +  + 172 pp. + 29 monochrome plates. Together with Reptillia (Thomas Bell) vi + 51 pp. + 20 plates. (originally published in parts and in book form between 1838 and 1843). Fine condition. Note: heavy parcel, extra postage will be required.
$995.00 Book Number: 44444 Order / Enquire
SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS OF THE 17th & 18th CENTURIES AND THEIR MAKERS. Translated and edited by Dr Mary Holbrook
London: Portman Books, 1989.
Reprint of the 1972 Batsford edition. Green cloth. pp (viii), 361 + 151 photos. Line drawings, notes, bibliography, index. Fine in VG jacket. Note: 2 kg parcel, extra postage will be required
$34.95 Book Number: 45129 Order / Enquire
London: Pitman, 1926.
12mo, buff boards printed in black. pp 62. 12 photos & illustrations in text. Spine a little darkened, lightly rubbed, with a very small chip at foot; covers lightly dust soiled; else a VG clean, tight and unworn jacketless copy, no owner names. THE FIRST BOOK IN ENGLISH ON TELEVISION.
$650.00 Book Number: 38451 Order / Enquire
Fraser, J. T.
Time: The Familiar Stranger
Amherst, MA: University of Massachusetts Press, 1987.
White cloth. pp (xiv), 389. Index, illustrations. Fine in very nearly fine jacket, no owner marks.
$14.95 Book Number: 47374 Order / Enquire
GALTON, Francis (1822-1911)
HEREDITARY GENIUS: An inquiry into its laws and consequences
London: Macmillan, 1892.
Second edition, with slight corrections, but adding a new 20 page author Preface (first edition was in 1869). Octavo, maroon cloth, black endpapers. pp (xxx), (380), (4, ads). Note: the title leaf is a cancel. Book a little leaned, with small nicks to ends of lightly sunned spine; cracked inner hinge neatly repaired with rice paper coloured to match end endpapers; small spots to verso of front free endpaper; else a VG clean, tight and unworn copy, no owner names. Galton was Charles Darwin's cousin, the originator of eugenic studies, and the pioneer of the classification of finger-prints for identification purposes. "The method used in Hereditary Genius has been described as the first example of historiometry. To bolster these results, and to attempt to make a distinction between 'nature' and 'nurture' (he was the first to apply this phrase to the topic), he devised a questionnaire that he sent out to 190 Fellows of the Royal Society. He tabulated characteristics of their families, such as birth order and the occupation and race of their parents. He attempted to discover whether their interest in science was 'innate' or due to the encouragements of others. The studies were published as a book, English men of science: their nature and nurture, in 1874. In the end, it promoted the nature versus nurture question, though it did not settle it, and provided some fascinating data on the sociology of scientists of the time." - Wikipedia. Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.
$225.00 Book Number: 35908 Order / Enquire
HERSCHEL, John F.W., Sir
METEOROLOGY. From The Encyclopedia Britannica. Second Edition
Edinburgh: Adam and Charles Black, 1862.
Second edition (or printing) (first was in 1861). 16mo, 17 cm, original green cloth, spine gilt lettered, dark blue endpapers. pp (iii)-(viii), 288, (32, ads) + 3 folding plates. 4 cm cloth split to rear joint neatly repaired, slight rubbing to joints; cracked inner hinges neatly repaired; Toronto bookseller's blind stamp to front free endpaper; ink name (Toronto, Oct., 1868) at top margin of title page; 6 cm closed tear to lower inner corner of Plate II neatly repaired; slight toning to text paper; VG clean and tight copy otherwise, inner hinges not cracked.
$65.00 Book Number: 30541 Order / Enquire