Antiquarian science books

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Antiquarian science books are original historical works (e.g., books or technical papers) concerning science, mathematics and sometimes engineering. These books are important primary references for the study of the history of science and technology, they can provide valuable insights into the historical development of the various fields of scientific inquiry (History of science, History of mathematics, etc.)

Vesalius, Fabrica, 16th century.

The landmark are significant first (or early) editions typically worth hundreds or thousands of dollars (prices may vary widely based on condition, etc.).[1] Reprints of these books are often available, for example from Great Books of the Western World, Dover Publications or Google Books.

Incunabula are extremely rare and valuable, but as the "scientific revolution" is only taken to have started around the 1540s, such works of Renaissance literature (including alchemy, Renaissance magic, etc.) are not usually included under the notion of "scientific" literature. Printed originals of the beginning scientific revolution thus date to the 1540s or later, notably beginning with the original publication of Copernican heliocentrism. Nicolaus Copernicus' De revolutionibus orbium coelestium of 1543 sold for more than US$2 million at auctions.[2]

List of notable books[edit]

16th century
Newton, Principia, 1600s.
17th century
Linnaeus, Systema Naturae, 1700s
18th century
Lyell, Principles of Geology, 1800s
19th century


20th century (pre-World War II)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prices quoted were collected using sources such as "International League of Antiquarian Booksellers". Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 7 June 2018. "ABAA". Archived from the original on 1 July 2009. Retrieved 7 June 2018. http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchEntry http://www.sothebys.com http://www.christies.com
  2. ^ US$2,210,500 at a Christies auction in 2008.
  3. ^ De revolutionibus orbium coelestium, from Harvard University.
  4. ^ De Humani Corporis Fabrica online — translated with full images, from Northwestern University
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  6. ^ Polybiblio: Regiomontanus, Johannes/Santbech, Daniel, ed. De Triangulis Planis et Sphaericis libri quinque. Basel Henrich Petri & Petrus Perna 1561. First edition: De triangulis planis et sphaericis libri quinque
  7. ^ Giordano Bruno, De l'infinito, universo e mondi, a cura di Giovanni Aquilecchia, Sansoni, Firenze, 1985.
  8. ^ First edition: "Introduction to the analytical art". Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  9. ^ De Magnete at Project Gutenberg. "De Magnete (first edition)". JONATHAN A. HILL, BOOKSELLER, INC. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  10. ^ Mirifici logarithmorum canonis descriptio (Edward Wright's English translation was published in 1616). "Mirifici logarithmorum canonis constructio (early edition)". Antiquariat Gerhard Gruber. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Harmonices Mundi (first edition)". Milestones of Science Books. (Ritterhude, Germany). Archived from the original on 2 August 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  12. ^ First written in a letter to Mersenne in 1638, the first printed publication of the method is in the fifth volume of the "Supplementum Cursus Mathematici" (1642) written by Herigone, and only in 1679 it appears in Fermat's "Varia opera mathematica". Electronic version in latin. First edition of "Varia opera mat." at Jonathan A. Hill, Bookseller, Inc.
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  19. ^ "Arcana naturae (first edition)". Milestones of Science Books. Archived from the original on 3 August 2018. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
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  25. ^ De vi attractiva ignis electrici (in latin)
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  35. ^ Young, Thomas (1804). "Bakerian Lecture: Experiments and calculations relative to physical optics". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. 94: 1–16. Bibcode:1804RSPT...94....1Y. doi:10.1098/rstl.1804.0001.. First edition at Abebooks
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  48. ^ "Die galvanische Kette, mathematisch bearbeitet (first edition)". Jonathan A. Hill Bookseller. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  49. ^ Principles of Geology (first edition). Roger Middleton - Bookseller (in www.biblio.com). Retrieved 3 August 2018.
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  51. ^ "Experimental Researches in Electricity (first edition, 8vo, 3 volumes)". Rulon-Miller Books. Archived from the original on 8 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  52. ^ Ada Lovelace's notes: "Sketch of the Analytical Engine invented by Charles Babbage [by L.F. Menabrea, translated, and appended with additional notes, by Augusta Ada, Countess of Lovelace]". Archived from the original on 10 July 2018. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  53. ^ "On the calorific effects of magneto-electricity, and on the mechanical value of heat (first edition)". Jeremy Norman & Co., Inc. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  54. ^ In June 1845, Joule read his paper "On the Mechanical Equivalent of Heat" to the British Association meeting in Cambridge (Joule, J.P. (1845) "On the Mechanical Equivalent of Heat", Brit. Assoc. Rep., trans. Chemical Sect, p.31)
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  58. ^ "An Investigation of the Laws of Thought (first edition)". Blackwell's Rare Books. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  59. ^ The Physical Geography of the Sea (1858 ed.). Harper & Brothers. 1855 – via Google Books.
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  61. ^ "On the Origin of Species (1859 edition, 8ov)". John Windle, Antiquarian Bookselle. 49 Geary Street, Suite 233 San Francisco, CA 94108 USA. Retrieved 3 August 2018.
  62. ^ "Mémoire sur Les Corpuscules organisés qui existent dans L'Atmosphère (early edition)". Herman H. J. Lynge & Søn A/S. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  63. ^ First editions of Introduction à l'etude de la médicine at ILAB
  64. ^ Mendel, J. G. (1866). "Versuche über Pflanzenhybriden", Verhandlungen des naturforschenden Vereines in Brünn, Bd. IV für das Jahr, 1865, Abhandlungen: 3–47, [1]. For the English translation, see: Druery, C. T.; Bateson, William (1901). "Experiments in plant hybridization" (PDF). Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society. 26: 1–32. Retrieved 9 October 2009.
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  66. ^ "On The Hypotheses which lie at the Bases of Geometry (first English translation)". Herman H. J. Lynge & Søn A/S. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
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  68. ^ "Untersuchungen ueber Bacterien (first edition)". Milestones of Science Books. Archived from the original on 6 August 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  69. ^ "The Descent of Man (first edition)". Milestones of Science Books. Archived from the original on 6 August 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  70. ^ "A Treatise on Electricity and Magnetism (first edition)". Sophia Rare Books. Archived from the original on 6 August 2018. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  71. ^ Georg Cantor (1883). "Ueber unendliche, lineare Punktmannichfaltigkeiten (5)". Mathematische Annalen. 21 (4): 545–591. doi:10.1007/bf01446819. Published separately as: Grundlagen einer allgemeinen Mannigfaltigkeitslehre.
  72. ^ List of Poincaré writings in English translation
  73. ^ First editions at ILAB
  74. ^ "Electric Waves (first edition in english)". Manhattan Rare Book Company. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  75. ^ "Ueber eine neue Art von Strahlen (first edition)". Jeremy Norman & Co., Inc. Archived from the original on 8 August 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
  76. ^ "The science absolute of space : independent of the truth or falsity of Euclid's axiom XI (which can never be decided a priori)", The Neomon, Austin, 1896
  77. ^ "Sur une substance nouvelle radio-active dans la pechblende (first edition)". Bookshop Herman H. J. Lynge & Søn. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  78. ^ "Grundlagen der Geometrie (first edition)". Argosy Book Store. Retrieved 6 August 2018.
  79. ^ "Textura del sistema nervioso del hombre y los vertebrados (first edition in Spanish)". Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 7 June 2018. Histologie du système nerveux, first edition in french, 1909
  80. ^ Planck, M. (1900b). "Zur Theorie des Gesetzes der Energieverteilung im Normalspectrum". Verhandlungen der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft. 2: 237. Translated in ter Haar, D. (1967). "On the Theory of the Energy Distribution Law of the Normal Spectrum" (PDF). The Old Quantum Theory. Pergamon Press. p. 82. LCCN 66029628. First edition: "Zur Theorie des Gesetzes der Energieverteilung im Normalspectrum". Archived from the original on 1 August 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  81. ^ Radio-activity (1904), 2nd ed. (1905), ISBN 978-1-60355-058-1 First edition: "Radio-activity". Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  82. ^ Lorentz, Hendrik Antoon (1904), "Electromagnetic phenomena in a system moving with any velocity smaller than that of light" , Proceedings of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, 6: 809–831
  83. ^ List of scientific publications by Albert Einstein.
  84. ^ Einstein, Albert (1905d) [Manuscript received: 30 June 1905]. Written at Berne, Switzerland. "Zur Elektrodynamik bewegter Körper" [On the Electrodynamics of Moving Bodies]. Annalen der Physik (Berlin) (in German). Hoboken, NJ (published 10 March 2006). 322 (10): 891–921. Bibcode:1905AnP...322..891E. doi:10.1002/andp.19053221004. hdl:10915/2786.
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  96. ^ Ways to Spaceflight (1929) OCLC 255256956
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  98. ^ First edition: "Liquid-Propellant Rocket Development". Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  99. ^ First edition: "A Note of the Entscheidungsproblem". Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  100. ^ First edition: "On computable numbers, with an application to the Entscheidungsproblem". Archived from the original on 1 August 2018. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  101. ^ Full text at MIT
  102. ^ "A Symbolic Analysis of Relay and Switching Circuits". Manhattan Rare Book Company. First printing in: Transactions of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers 57 (1938). Archived from the original on 9 August 2018. Retrieved 9 August 2018.
  103. ^ — (1939). The Nature of the Chemical Bond and the Structure of Molecules and Crystals. Cornell University Press.

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