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Scientific Instruments, Specimens, Books and Collectables

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  • Argonauts of the Western Pacific – Bronislaw Malinowski. Professor Brian J. Egloff’s copy.

    Argonauts of the Western Pacific – Bronislaw Malinowski. Professor Brian J. Egloff’s copy.

    An account of Native Enterprise and Adventures in the Archipelagos of Melanesian New Guinea.

    A 1960’s edition of Malinowski’s other landmark book published by Routledge, London. Octavo, 527 pages with 5 maps and 65 illustrations from original photographs. Original blue cloth covered boards, gilt titles, some insignificant rubbing, no dust jacket, still a very good copy.

    A richly illustrated account of the ceremonial exchange of manufactured shell valuables linking the Trobriand Islands with other island groups in Eastern New Guinea. Malinowski follows a canoe voyage around the Kula ring of islands.

    Following and introduction about subject, method and scope which is regarded as some of the most influential pages in the field of social anthropology .. Malinowski explores the country and inhabitants of Kula; the Natives of the Trobriand Islands; Canoes and sailing; Ceremonial Buildings at Waga; Ceremonial Visiting; an Overseas Expedition; the Fleet at Muwa; Sailing to Pilolu; a Shipwreck; in the Amphlets – the Sociology of the Kula; Tewara and Sanaroa- mythology; the beach at Sarubwoyna; the journey Home; the return visit of the Dobuans to Sinaketa; Magic and Kula; the Power of Words in Magic; Expeditions to Kiriwinan d Kitava …. The meaning of Kula.

    Brian John Egloff an American born anthropologist spent time in New Guinea, holding senior position in the then newly established National Museum. Later in Australia he rose to be Associate Professor of Cultural Heritage Management at the University of Canberra

    Malinowski a pioneer in the field of social anthropology and perhaps not yet eclipsed and, the most interesting of subjects.

    $60.00

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  • The Great Age of the Microscope – Professor Gerard L’E Turner

    The Great Age of the Microscope – Professor Gerard L’E Turner

    One of if not the book on the development of the microscope. Issued as a celebration of the then 150-year-old Royal Microscopical Society and based on its irreplaceable and undisputably best collection in the world.

    Published by specialist Adam Hilger, Bristol and New York in 1989. Quarto, 379 pages, nicely illustrated with several hundred images from photographs of the items described.

    The author, Gerard L’E Turner was Professor of the History of Scientific Instruments at Imperial College, London – what job! He was a Research Fellow at the Science Museum and one time President of the esteemed Royal Microscopical Society.

    The Society was formed in 1839 and every instrument they purchased, from the very first that year, is still held by the Society. This book covers over 450 prime examples starting from those made in the early 1700’s.

    After preliminary explanations on instrument development and the formation of the Society we have … Compound early 17thC; Culpeper style; Cuff style; Gould type; Powell and Lealand; Ross; Smith and Beck; Swift; non British; Projection; Reflecting and then a plethora of associated instruments.

    No better Modern book on Old Microscopes

    $150.00

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  • Antique Microscope Slide – Extra large sized Slide – “Brain Section – Van Gieson”’ – Oct 1906

    Antique Microscope Slide – Extra large sized Slide – “Brain Section – Van Gieson”’ – Oct 1906

    A fine antique slide roughly twice normal size … double width. Preparer S.J.H. Case a human brain section using the Van Gieson technique. Clearly dated Oct 1906. Very good condition.

    Ira Thompson Van Gieson (1866-1913) was an American neurologist. He invented a stain that takes his name, a mixture of picric acid and acid fuchsin it is used in neuro-histology to differentiate between collagen and other connective tissue.

    Postage costs will be reduced based on actual to your location.

    Excellent historic neuro-histology slide – 1903

    $60.00

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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.

    $80.00

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  • 19thC Magic Lantern Slide – John Browning’s Spectroscope.

    19thC Magic Lantern Slide – John Browning’s Spectroscope.

    A quite striking wooden framed magic lantern slide, hand coloured, of a complex spectroscope by leading maker John Browning of London. The model depicted named (and labelled Gassiot’s Spectroscope).

    The model was made to order, designed for Physicists. The first design went to John Peter Gassiot a prominent Fellow of the Royal society. Refer John Browning’s book “How to Work with the Spectroscope” 1878, page 57.

    Likely, manufactured by the McIntosh Battery & Optical Company Chicago circa 1890. The company was formed in 1879 and in the 1890’s changed its name to the McIntosh Electrical Co to concentrate in radio devices. No makers mark, but this is their style, quality and the subject label consistent with theirs.

    The wooden slide is 28cm by 10cm with the circular hand coloured slide 8 cm in diameter. The condition of the colouring and slide generally is excellent.

    Rare Scientific Instrument Slide by Leading Maker

    $120.00

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  • Linus Pauling [Two Times Nobel Prize Winner] – Biography – A Man and His Science –  Anthony Serafini (Introduction Isaac Asimov)

    Linus Pauling [Two Times Nobel Prize Winner] – Biography – A Man and His Science – Anthony Serafini (Introduction Isaac Asimov)

    A first edition published by Simon and Schuster in 1989.

    Large octavo, 310 pages with illustrations from period photographs. Very good condition.

    A super biography by the thorough and readable Professor Serafini. With and introduction from Isaac Asimov which also beats his own drum.

    A monumental scientist of the 20th Century … the only person to single handed won the Nobel Prize twice … Chemistry and Peace. His application of quantum mechanics to molecular orbital theory and the lead into the helix and, for others, consequently DNA was way ahead. His competition with William Bragg and the Oppenheimer conflict (not the least that he made a pass at Pauling’s wife) add some intrigue. Ban the Bomb and Vitamin C the elixir came later …

    Pauling’s Life will prove an inspiration for any budding scientist.

    $35.00

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