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  • Conquest of Space – Historical Documentary Record of the First Manned Space-Orbit Flight by Major Yuri Gagarin.

    Conquest of Space – Historical Documentary Record of the First Manned Space-Orbit Flight by Major Yuri Gagarin.

    Not a number one record at the time and so rare and collectable now. A great gift for any space buff with a record turntable.

    A Britone 45rpm mono recording in collaboration with Mezhdunarodnaya Kniga, USSR and with acknowledgement to the USSR Academy of Sciences.

    On 12th April 1961 Vostok was launched into space with Yuri Gagarin on board. Vostok orbited the Earth at 18 thousand miles per hour at up to 203 miles above the Earth’s surface. Gagarin 28 years old was the very first spaceman.

    The record includes Moscow Radio’s announcement of the successful launch an that Vostok was in orbit; Some bars from the song Gagarin sang during his decent back to Earth; Gagarin speaking prior to the flight; Gagarin’s speech at the later Red Square reception and that of Krushchev; the Press Conference at the Scientists Club, Moscow … and another Gagarin musical favourite “I love you, life”.

    Note for those challenged by the Russian language each element is followed by an English translation.

    Pretty special the first man in Space and an unusual useable period tribute.


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  • Nucleosynthesis in Massive Stars and Supernovae – Fowler and Hoyle – 1964

    Nucleosynthesis in Massive Stars and Supernovae – Fowler and Hoyle – 1964

    One of the key paper by the “Big Bang’ theorists. Published by the University of Chicago Press 1964. Originally published in The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series No 91, 1964. The Appendix appeared first in the same journal Vol 132 No 3 in 1960.

    Bound in the Chicago standard blue cloth covered boards, gilt titles to front and spine. Withdrawn from Long Island University Library (amazing) … 148 pages.

    Neutrino processes and pair formation in massive stars and supernovae. Introduction to neutrino processes; density-temperature relation for massive stellar cores before implosion; Gravitational and internal energy relations; Nuclear reactions as the source of energy for neutrino emission by massive starts in the super-nova stage; the alpha process in massive stars; the equilibrium process; mantle and envelope explosion. In the supplements … the implosion- explosion case; the internal structure of super-nova; the californium hypothesis etc

    Fred Hoyle, Voyager Hero, the greatest man to not win the big prize.

    Nucleosynthesis a complex process we all have a stake in.


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  • The Use of the Globes [Astronomy] – W. Newton – 1854

    The Use of the Globes [Astronomy] – W. Newton – 1854

    The Use of the Globes with a Familiar Introduction to the Science of Astronomy illustrated with Numerous Diagrams.

    Published by W.E. and F. Newton, Fleet Street 1854.

    Scarce despite fourth edition, small octavo, 145 pages plus index. Original green cloth covered binding with decorative blind stamping and delightful gilt design to front, gilt title to spine. Very good condition, albeit gift inscription, ownership and date to top of Chapter 1 and a faded ink blemish on the front board.

    Based on a series of lectures given by the author before several scientific Institutions in London. After some introductory matters the book deals with … the Configuration of the Stars and the Constellations; the Solar System (to Uranus or Georgium Sidus as Neptune and Pluto were still to be found and in the case of Pluto lost again); Planetary Motion; Eclipse of the Sun and Moon; the Tides; the Fixed Stars; the Lines and Projections of the Sphere; the Use of Artificial Globes. This is followed by 34 Problems with their solutions often by reference to the artificial globes.

    The author William Edward Newton (1718-1879) was the son of John Newton (1759-1844) who initially through the father then son ran London’s most distinguished globe making business … appointed to Queen Victoria.

    Astronomical Curiosity by William Newton London’s distinguished Globe Maker


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  • Journal of a Voyage to the South-Seas [One of the Anson’s Voyage Cornerstone Books} – Pascoe Thomas

    Journal of a Voyage to the South-Seas [One of the Anson’s Voyage Cornerstone Books} – Pascoe Thomas

    This is a great example of the Israel Facsimile Voyages published in Amsterdam in 1971. The original account from which this faithful copy was made was published by Birt, Newbery et al London in 1745.

    Octavo, Following a Preface and a very lengthy list of subscribers, 347 pages plus various very useful appendices. Fine condition.

    Pascoe Thomas described himself a “teacher of the Mathematicks on board the Centurion”.

    The Title Page contain a nice precis of the volume … “A True and Impartial Journal of a Voyage to the South-Seas, and Round the Globe, in His Majesty’s Ship the Centurion, Under the Command of Commodore George Anson. WHERINH … All the material Incidents during the said Voyage, from its Commencement in 1770 to the Conclusion in 1744, are fully and faithfully related, having been committed to Paper at the Time they happen’d. Together with some historical Accounts of Chili, Peru, Mexico, and the Empire of China; exact Descriptions of such Places of Note as were touch’d at; and Variety of occasional Remarks. To which is added … A large and general Table of Longitudes and Latitudes, ascertain’d from accurate Observations, or (where these are wanting) from the best printed Books and Manuscripts taken from the Spaniards in this Expedition: Also the Variations of the Compass throughout the Voyage, and the Soundings and depths of water along the different Coasts: And lastly, several curious Observations on a Comet seen in the South-Seas on the Coast of Mexico.

    So there we have it … except we also have an appendix which tabulates the massive amounts of gold Anson accumulated from his exploits. This is the only account of the voyage to contain that detail.

    Pascoe Thomas .. completes the Anson story


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  • The Bridgewater Treatises: Including Rev William Buckland on Geology and Mineralogy, Charles Bell on the Hand, Whewell on Astronomy etc – Finely Bound – (1833-1845)

    The Bridgewater Treatises: Including Rev William Buckland on Geology and Mineralogy, Charles Bell on the Hand, Whewell on Astronomy etc – Finely Bound – (1833-1845)

    Eight works in 11 volumes, published in London by William Pickering, mixed editions various dates 1833 – 1845.

    Bound in full contemporary polished calf, boards gilt ruled, the spines with gilt lined raised bands, altered direct and dated at the foot of spine. Very good copies with an occasional mark externally and a faint damp stain to the uncoloured geology plates, outer corner. The famous massive folding coloured plate is in fine condition. Each volume carries the bookplate of Maximillian Dudley Digges Dalison.

    Francis Henry Egerton, 8th Earl of Bridgwater, a gentleman naturalist and scientist, commissioned the Bridgewater Treatises to be written on his death bed. He died in February 1829. Eight thousand pounds was given to the President of the Royal Society for this purpose. In turn the President appointed leading authorities in key fields to write works with reference to Natural Theology.

    The Voyager Treatise comprise Thomas Chalmers – The Adaption of External Nature to the Moral and Intellectual Condition of Man; John Kidd – The Adaption of External Nature to the Physical Condition of Man; William Whewell – Astronomy and General Physics; Sir Charles Bell – The Hand, Its Mechanism and Vital Endowments as Evincing Design; Peter Mark Roget – Animals and Vegetable Physiology; William Buckland’s – Geology and Mineralogy; William Kirby – On the History, Habits and Instincts of Animals and William Prout – Chemistry, Meteorology and the Function of Digestion.

    The ninth and final Bridgewater Treatise – Charles Babbage – A Fragment is not included in the run.

    Many of the volumes stand alone as important works … Sir Charles Bell on the Hand, Astronomy by Whewell etc. It is the Rev Buckland that produced a truly remarkable work in the field of Geology. The second of two volumes contains all the 87 plates required all finely engraved and the large folding hand coloured plate is something very special.

    Rev William Buckland (1784-1856) was an exceptional individual – a Fellow of the Royal Society, President of the Royal Geological Society. His interest in geology and palaeontology led him to write the first full account of a fossil dinosaur which he named Megalosarurus. He discovered the Kirkdale cave and concluded that it had been a prehistoric hyena den – for which he was awarded the Copley Medal by the Royal Society. This work was written just prior to his awakening that certain geological structures and fossil remains were a result of glaciation and not the effect of floodwaters from the great deluge. Buckland was a friend of a young Charles Darwin – there must have been some very interesting conversations.

    Important Georgian/ Early Victorian intellectual works by leading academics of the day


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  • Harmonia Macrocosmica – Andrea Cellarius – A Fine Facsimile by Taschen

    Harmonia Macrocosmica – Andrea Cellarius – A Fine Facsimile by Taschen

    Simple as this … there is no more beautiful book ever produced and this stunning facsimile by Taschen does it proud. “The Finest Atlas of the Heavens” originally issued in 1660.

    An Elephant folio, 235 pages, 53cm by 33cm a quality production. Pictorial paper covered heavy boards, with quarter velvet covered spine with gilt embossed titles. An introduction and text by Cellarius expert Robert Van Gent, directed and produced by Benedikt Taschen.

    This collection of celestial maps by Dutch-German mathematician and cosmographer Andreas Cellarius (1596-1665) brings back to life a masterpiece from the Golden Age of celestial cartography. Complete with 29 double-folio maps and many other single page and smaller illustrations.

    We have shown quite a few and wish we could have shown them all. We also wish we had better lighting but you will get the idea!

    The plates depict the systems of Claudius Ptolemy, Nicolaus Copernicus and Tycho Brahe … the motions of the sun, moon and planets and the setting out of the constellations. Superbly embellished with cherubs, astronomers, astronomical instruments etc. of the period … really the most spectacular illustrations in the history of astronomy.

    Robert van Gent in his introduction provides a history of celestial cartography from antiquity to the 17th Century and illuminates the life of Andreas Cellarius. He goes on to put the atlas in context and describe its content in detail.

    Appendices provide a list of constellations with short descriptions of their origin and mythology, a list of star names and glossary of terms.

    The size and weight of this book is such that a further postage supplement may be required dependent on your location. We will try out best to keep costs reasonable .. we always take great care in packing.

    Surely the world’s most beautiful book


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