1711 - 1976 NATURAL HISTORY, MEDICINE, SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY etc.
= Norman Library 1713: "The first printing of Planck's quantum theory, marking the dividing line between classical and modern physics". Particle movement had previously been described in terms of classical mechanics (cf. Newton, Leibnitz). In order to account for non-continuous energy pulses or bursts of action observed during his own experiments, Planck developed the idea of the energy quantum and introduced the "Planck constant" to calculate a particle's energy level. In 1918, Planck received the Nobel prize for his work on quantum theory. Dibner 166; DSB Horblit 26a; PMM 391a.
BOUND WITH: Idem. Ueber eine Verbesserung der Wien'schen Spectralgleichung. Ibid., idem, 1900, 202-204p. - AND WITH: Idem. Ein vermeintlicher Widerspruch des magneto-optischen Faradayeffectes mit der Thermodynamik. Ibid., idem, 1900, 206-210p.
= Verhandlungen der Deutschen Physikalischen Gesellschaft, year 2, issues 17, 13 and 14. Also contains all other issues of the same year (15x) and of year 1 (1899, 15x. Owner's stamps on (issue) title-p.). SEE ILLUSTRATION PLATE LXII.
- Libr. bookplate on upper pastedown. Leather of binding dried and rubbed.
AND 3 others by the same, i.a. Leçons sur les hypothèses cosmogoniques professées à la Sorbonne (Paris, 1913, 2nd ed., loosely inserted portrait of the author, orig. wr. Owner's entry on title-p. Fine).
- Sl. browned as usual.
- Underlining in red pencil. Backstrip sl. dam.; wr. discoloured. = Grinstein 135.
Idem. Über Psychoanalyse. Fünf Vorlesungen gehalten zur 20jährigen Gründungsfeier der Clark University in Worcester Mass. September 1909. Ibid., idem, 1910, (2),62p., orig. wr.
- Spine strengthened.
- Wrappers sl. waterstained along edges.
= Grinstein 221; Norman Library F85: "Freud's Totem and taboo was originally published as four essays in the psychiatric journal Imago, under the general title Resemblances between the psychic lives of savages and neurotics; the four essays were titled "The horror of incest," "Taboo and emotional ambivalence," "Animism, magic and the omnipotence of thoughts," and "The return of totemism in childhood." This important work represents Freud's first attempt to analyze some of the unsolved problems of social psychology from a psychoanalytic standpoint; in the final essay, he concluded that "the beginnings of religion, morality, social life and art [meet] in the Oedipus complex."
AND a mediocre copy of the same work.
- Owner's entry in both vols.; a few sm. specks on sl. faded backstrips. Contents fine.
= Published in the same year as the American first edition. Cf. Norman Library 1153; Garrison/ Morton 4977.2: "The foundation of the American school of experimental psychology. (...) James viewed psychology as an experimental science based on physiology (...)"; "(...) one of the first attempts to treat psychology as a natural science in which the mind is conceived of as being subject to both Darwinian evolutionary principles and to acts of will (...)." (Norman Library).
- Occas. sl. foxed. Spines sunned.
- Vol.1 w. dedication by J. ANDRY, general secretary of the Société Nationale d'Horticulture de la Seine, on title-p. Spines sl. rubbed.
AND 3 others similar, i.a. H. VALÉRIUS, Les phénomènes de la nature, leurs lois et leurs applications aux arts et à l'industrie (Paris/ Brussels, 1858, 2 vols., col. lithogr. frontisp., 3 col. lithogr. maps, woodengr. ills., contemp. gilt hcalf. Both vols. binding sl. worn/ dam.).
- Some scattered owner's annots./ stamps; foxed. Spine and board edges sunned. Rare.
= DSB XI, p.384-385; cf. Poggendorff III, p.1111 (4th ed.).
Idem. Cinématique. Principes fondamentaux d'une théorie des machines. French transl. A. Debize. Paris, F. Savy, 1877, 1st ed., 2 parts in 1 vol., textpart (4),IV,651p., 459 woodengr. textills., atlas (4)textp. and 8 fold. plates, contemp. hmor.
- Upper hinge broken; partly sl. waterstained in lower margin (incl. first plate and (h)title atlas). Joints split(ting); corners showing.
= Roberts and Trent p.277 (1st German ed., 1875). First French translation of the main work of the 'Father of Kinematics'.
- Owner's ticket/ stickers/ stamp on first free endpaper/ (h)title; trifle foxed. Binding plasticized.
= DSB XII, p.35.
Joliot, F. and Curie, I. Radioactivité artificielle. Paris, Hermann & Cie., 1935, 1st ed., 28,(1)p., 3 photogr. plates, orig. wr.
- Newspaper clipping pasted on verso title-p. Backstrip dam.
= DSB VII, p.157. Actualités scientifiques et industrielles 199.
AND 10 others similar, i.a. F. SODDY, Die Natur des Radiums. German transl. G. Siebert (Leipsic, 1909, (photogr.) ills., orig. (sunned/ dam.) wr. A few lvs. loose. DSB XII, p.508) and E. RUTHERFORD, Radioactive Transformations (London, 1912, 1st ed., ills., orig. gilt cl. Rare. DSB XII, p.35).
- New endpapers; owner's stamp on title; map and wr. sl. foxed. Fine copy (rare).
AND 5 others, i.a. G. CUVIER, Discours sur les révolutions du globe (Paris, 1875, fold. table, 3 fold. engr. plates, contemp. gilt blindst. cl. Table w. tear in inner margin. Binding sl. worn) and A. WEGENER, La genèse des continents et des océans. French transl. A. LERNER (ibid., 1937, 63 ills., orig. gilt artificial leather).
- Paper mounted on upper outer corner title. Lacks wrappers.
- Spine sl. dam.; wrappers partly browned.
= Rare first edition of one of the earliest works on Einstein's Theory of Relativity.
- Stamp on title-p.; 2 parts cut out of first blank and restored w. paper; plates waterstained along inner blank margin, not touching text, otherwise internally fine. Frontcover chafed; joints starting; top of spine chipped.
- Both vols. owner's stamp on title-p. and spine sunned; vol.2 foot of spine dam.
= DSB XII, p.529. Rare.
Bohr, N. Les spectres et la structure de l'atome. Trois conférences. French transl. A. Corvisy. Ibid., J. Hermann, 1923, (4),152p., orig. wr.
- Backstrip dam. = Rare.
AND 3 others similar, i.a. one volume of 41 offprints on cosmic radiation by i.a. J. CLAY, M. RUTGERS VAN DER LOEFF, A. VAN GEMERT, H. DEN HARTOG and F.A. MULLER (1933-1944, 2 typescript/ manuscript index lvs. bound with, contemp. hcl., orig. wr. pres., mostly from PHYSICA and PROCEEDINGS OF THE NEDERLANDSCHE AKADEMIE VAN WETENSCHAPPEN. Owner's entry and annots.).
- Hinges broken; final p. loose; a few scattered owner's stamps. Spine-ends worn.
= Cf. Poggendorf IV, p.1486 (1st ed. London, 1892); DSB XIII, p.287. Rare.
- Contemp. owner's entry on wrapper and htitle. Backstrip sl. dam.
= Very rare first edition of the proceedings of the first international Solvay Conference on physics, devoted to radiation theory and the quanta.
- Vol. 3 one plate loose; occas. trifle foxed. Otherwise a fine set. = Nissen, BBI 1947.