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  • Saddlery and Harness-Making – Paul Hasluck.

    Saddlery and Harness-Making – Paul Hasluck.

    There are many facsimiles of important hard to find works … this is one of the more unusual ones .. and one we find interesting and curious.

    First published in 1904, this issue published by Allen, London in 1962. Thick pocket book format, 160 pages, heavily illustrated for those that may wish to progress to the manufacture of these leathery items.

    Time to do something real … turn you hand the leather work.

    $25.00

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  • Handbook of Forensic Science [Authentic] – Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] – 1975

    Handbook of Forensic Science [Authentic] – Federal Bureau of Investigation [FBI] – 1975

    A genuine article .. for some reason often in facsimile. An original handbook produced by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Laboratory, Washington. A revised edition published in August 1975.

    Card covered copied typescript document. Stapled, 133 pages (28cm by 22cm), design to front, name on title. A little worn but nice to have an authentic one as suggested.

    Everything you need to know about evidence … how to collect it, preserve it, package it etc. And what a big world crime and forensics is … we have anthropological (bits of people etc); nuclear; carbon dating; bank notes and of course bullets. An interesting array of information that could come in useful one day … great background for a budding crime writer.

    FBI Forensics about the time of Starsky and Hutch.

    $40.00

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  • Radio-Activity. An Elementary Treatise, from the Standpoint of the Disintegration Theory – Frederick Soddy M.A. – First Edition 1904

    Radio-Activity. An Elementary Treatise, from the Standpoint of the Disintegration Theory – Frederick Soddy M.A. – First Edition 1904

    An important work in the history of science. Explaining all of the then known facts by the theory of radio-activity and the explosive disintegration of elementary atoms.

    Voyager scientific hero Frederick Soddy (1877-1956) was to win the Nobel Prize in 1921… “for his contributions to our knowledge of the chemistry of radioactive substances, and his investigations into the origin and nature of isotopes”.

    Published by “the Electrician” Printing and Publishing Co, London in 1904.

    Octavo, brown cloth covered boards with gilt lettering on front and spine. Xi, 214 pages; 40 illustrations, diagrams and charts; publishers catalogue. Some age but a worthy copy of an important and scarce work.

    Soddy in conjunction with Rutherford developed the disintegration theory of radioactivity from experiments conducted between 1901-1903.

    Following this work Soddy lectured in physical chemistry and radioactivity at Glasgow University. By 1913 his theory of disintegration had been further developed and the concept of isotopes developed … i.e. that certain elements exist in two forms which have different atomic weights. He became Professor of Chemistry at Aberdeen in 1914 and after WWI went to Oxford where he stayed until retirement in 1937.

    Important work Soddy on Radio-Activity – early days.

    $180.00

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  • The Early Water Supply of Hobart – 1804-1904 – Crawford and Ryan

    The Early Water Supply of Hobart – 1804-1904 – Crawford and Ryan

    A special production by Crawford and Ryan assisted by the Institute of Engineers in Australia.

    Published in 1988, perfect bound, large octavo in size, 66 pages, nicely illustrated throughout.

    If you have walked to the “Springs” above Hobart in Mount wellington you will love this informative book. If you haven’t walked the track then you should its beautiful … and one of the easiest walks on the hill.

    The illustrations are something special, maps, charts, engineering diagrams often from first hand sketches.

    The early water of Hobart – its still in demand – save it if you can.

    $35.00

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  • The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyan – Peter Pauper Press

    The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyan – Peter Pauper Press

    A lovely little production by the superb Mount Vernon, Peter Pauper Press printed delightfully on rag paper.

    The Edward Fitzgerald translation illustrated by Jeff Hill. No date but likely 1970′s

    Unpaginated but 62 pages with 9 full page illustrations, the verses printed crisply within decorative borders. Decorated paper covered boards the design of which carries over to the dust jacket. Very good condition albeit a little ageing to the jacket.

    The Rubaiyat should require no introduction .. every library should have several versions of which this a special one.

    The Rubaiyat by the special Peter Pauper Press.

    $40.00

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  • Antique French Field or Students Microscope – Triple compound objective

    Antique French Field or Students Microscope – Triple compound objective

    A late Victorian possibly Edwardian student’s or field drum microscope of the French variety. Comes with a “Nachet” style triple compounding objective which gives a number of magnifications when combined.

    A functioning microscope in very good barely used condition … good clean mirror. Case in very good condition.

    Nice triple objective field microscope

    $220.00

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