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ABELSON, Philip H. "An Investigation of the Products of the Disintegration of Uranium by Neutrons", in the Physical Review, 1 July 1939, volume 56, pp 1-9, with 19 illustrations. In the original wrappers. First edition. "This is the first experiment definitely showing that a transuranic active element was actually an isotope of an ordinary one"--Lewis Turner, Nuclear Fission, pp 10. SOLD
ABBE, Cleveland. The Relations of Physics and Astronomy to the Development of the Mechanical Arts. Offprint: Journal of the Franklin Institute, August 1899. 40pp. Signed presentation copy ("from the author") to A.S. MacKenzie. Very good copy in wrappers. $65
ABRAHAM, Henri (1868-1943) & Paul Langevin (1872-1946), editors. Les Quantities Elementaires d'Electricite--Ions, Electrons, Corpuscules. Paris, Gauthier-Villars: 1905. 8vo: xvi, 1138pp. Half-leather and marbled boards. $200 Provenance: lightly ex-library from the Franklin Institute. Contains papers by Abraham, Becquerel, Crookes, Curie, Drude, Deslandres, Goldstein, Hertz, Hittorf, Kaufmann, Larmor, Lenard, Lorentz, Perrin, Poincare, Rutherford, Stark, Thomson, Wien, and many others. Quite a significant collection of papers , translated from their original language into French. We note that Abraham was prof of physics at the Sorbonne for 30 years and that Langevin studied under J.J. Thomson and took his PhD under P. Curie...
ABC of Television, published in 1937 by Hugo Gernsback's Short Wave & Television magazine, this being a separate publication in it own printed wrappers. 10x7 inches, original printed wrappers, 36 pp, with numerous text illustrations and diagrams. This is also one of the Copyright Deposit copies, with the routing stamp at the bottom of the copyright page. Very good copy, with just a little fading of the bright blue cover along the edges. $200
The pamphlet includes technical basics ("fundamentals of scanning", "mechanical systems", "Cathode ray emission", transmitter operation") as well as some popular and necessary information, like "when will we have television" and a list of television stations. (Just for the record, this publication lists 25 active stations, including low wattage stations like W2XAX, the Atlantic Broadcasting Company, in NYC at 50 Watts--there were 9 broadcasters with 150 Watts or less of the 25 listed. There's also a list of nine other "discontinued" television stations ("experimental visual licenses and permits discontinued or expired"). The "Experimental Visual License: is a very nice turn-of-phrase.)
ADAMS, E(dwin) P. "The Quantum Theory." One complete issue from Bulletin of the National Research Council, vol 7/3, November 1923. 109pp. Wrappers. A fine copy. ALSO: P.W. Bridgman's copy. $145
Adams' (professor at Princeton beginning in 1909 save for overseas study and a stint with the Brits in 1917/18 during WWI) "...greatest fame came in 1921 when Einstein first visited Princeton to deliver five Stafford Little lectures on the theory of relativity and to accept an honorary degree. Each lecture, which Einstein delivered in German, was followed with a résumé in English by Princeton physicist Edwin P Adams, who was, the Daily Princetonian noted, among the leading American expositors of the relativity theory, along with his Princeton colleagues mathematician Luther P Eisenhart and astrophysicist Henry Norris Russell. After being submitted to Einstein for revision and final approval, a transcript of the lectures was translated into English by Professor Adams for publication by Princeton University Press, which gained the distinction of being the first United States publisher to bring out a book by the world's most acclaimed living scientist. The Meaning of Relativity has been republished in five editions and is still in print. Adams's translations appeared in the New York Evening Post (the first four lectures) and the New York Times (the fifth lecture) a day after the respective lectures."--St. Andrews History of Math website, here.
ADAMS, Walter S. "What Lies Between the Stars?", offprint from the Smithsonian Report for 1941, pp 141-149. Original printed wrappers. Fine copy. $35
[AERONAUTICS] GLAISHER, James. Aeronautical Society of Great Britain. At the Inaugural Meeting of this Society held at the Residence of the Duke of Argyll, at Campden Hill, on January 12, 1866, His Grace Presiding: Mr. Glaisher, F.R.S., delivered the following Address...
London, by the Aeronautical Society, 1866.
Small, 7x5 inch handbill, printed on one side only.
Very good condition. $450
This is the inaugural address establishing the Aeronuatical Society (now the Royal Aeronautical Society) of Great Britain, the event held at the residence of the Duke of Argyll (Campden Hill) on 12 January 1866 for its 91 members. The text is by James Glaisher, who was a significant experimentalist/balloonist in addition to running the Department of Meteorology and Magnetism at the Royal Greenwich Observatories for 34 years. The document is only 7x4 inches, but it winds up being quite dense (literally and figuratively), with about 800 words packed onto one side of this double-column sheet.
What the society intended to do was to present aeronautics as a serious pursuit in the sciences--the idea of flight and balloons having lapsed into the field of public entertainment (for the "grotesque and the hazardous"), or so wrote Glaisher. The aim was to have aeronautics recognized as another science, to "takes its standing among the sciences", and to save it from its degradation from its former wonder, and remove it from being looked upon with "contempt" by the scientific classes.
Gibbs-Smith, in his interesting and very useful Aviation, an Historical Survey states:
“One of the most important dates in flying history is the year 1866, when there was founded in London the Aeronautical Society (now Royal) of Great Britain. Although not the earliest society devoted to flying it was by far the most important and. influential . It soon attracted men who realized that mechanical flight was ultimately possible, and who were determined to study and solve its problems.. From then on the main development of aviation was to lie in the hands of scientifically or technologically trained men. The subject if flying…now took on a new seriousness…it now become a proper subject of investigation…”-- p. 41.
The object itself does not appear in the OCLC/WorldCat, and so is extremely uncommon in this format, so I thought it would be useful to report on it and reprint it here.
[AERONAUTICS] The following document, Application of Seadrome Ocean Dock Corporation (a private corporation) for a Loan Under the Provisions of the National Industrial Recovery Act (ca. 1933) asks the federal government for a loan of $30 million (depression) dollars to undertake the construction of the five floating airport transoceanic network. "It will require the work of approximately 10,000 men per month for a period of twenty-four to thirty months". The labor figures did not nclude that necessary to produce all of the material necessary for the project ( for reasons unknown). The palnes would have been to make it across the ocean in 18 to 36 hours. 10x8", 34pp, two original photographs laid in. In the original printed wrappers.
- Provenance: From the White House, via the Library of Congress Pamphlet Collection. Very good copy. $950 No copies located in the OCLC/WorldCat.
[AERONAUTICS] The first images of the use of an airplane in war conditions, with a photograph of the results. "Its First Use Under War Conditions; an Aeroplane on Scout Duty". Full-page, three-photograph story in The Illustrated London News, April 15, 1911. Offered in the original weekly issue, which also contains a story about the Triangle Waistcoat Factory disaster. Nice copy, crisp and bright, removed from a larger bound volume. $150