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Supremely important naturalist (1743-1820), best remembered for his expedition to Newfoundland and Labrador, his participation in James Cook's first great voyage, and his role as President of the Royal Society for over four decades. DS, signed “Jos: Banks,” one page, 7.25 x 8.75, November 21, 1804. Official announcement from the Royal Society, in full: "These are to give Notice, th…

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ALS signed “Jno. Bard,” three pages, 7.25 x 9, May 27, 1765. Letter to "Mr. Samuel Bard, Student in Physick at the University of Edinburgh," written by his father John, in full: "I have received both your letters of March and April the first containing an acct of the situation you stand in in your own opinion to Miss Polly Lester I very much approve of that Delicacy you Express upon t…

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French physicist (1859-1906) best known for his pioneering investigation of radioactivity, who shared the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics with his wife, Marie Curie. ALS in French, signed “P. Curie,” one page, 5 x 8, Faculte de Sciences de Paris letterhead, April 7, 1905. Letter to the secretary of the Royal Society of Surgery and Medicine, in full (translated): "It will not be possible fo…

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ADS, signed "Thomas A. Edison," one page, 5 x 3.5, Boston, February 3, 1869. Document related to his first successful invention, an improvement for telegraphs. In full: "Received of Samuel W. Ropes Jr the sum of Thirty 30 dollars-being full amount received from him." In fine condition, with mild soiling and expected document wear. Accompanied by copies of other documents associated with the trans…

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Edison Botanic Research Corporation business check, 8.5 x 3, filled out in another hand and signed by Edison, "Thos. A. Edison," payable to S. Moore for $120, stamp-dated July 1, 1929. In fine condition. Accompanied by an Edison Botanic Research Corporation check signed by his son, "Charles Edison" (April 18, 1928), and a personal check signed by his wife, "Mina M. Edison" (June 30, 1941).

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German naturalist and explorer (1769-1859) who wrote Kosmos, a massive five-volume study which attempted to unify the various branches of man's knowledge. ALS in German, signed “A. Humboldt,” one page both sides, 3.75 x 4.75, no date. A fascinating scientific letter to the geologist Brochant de Villiers, speaking about several types of minerals. In very good to fine condition, with…

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French physician (1781-1826) who invented the stethoscope in 1816 and pioneered its use for diagnosing chest problems. Rare ADS in French, signed “Laennec,” one page, 5 x 7.5, January 3, 1824. Medical prescription written by Laennec, in part (translated): "For Madame: 1. Apply again 13 bandages on the side that hurts. 2. If the side pain persists return to the employment of a topical r…

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French naturalist and biologist (1744-1829) known as an early proponent of the concept of evolution and his mistaken theory of the inheritance of acquired characteristics. ADS in French, signed "Lamarck," one page, 7.25 x 9.5, July 31, 1792. Lamarck writes, in full (translated): "I, the undersigned, acknowledge having received from Panckoucke the sum of Seven hundred liveres in account of the part…

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Extremely influential French chemist (1743-1794) noted for his discovery of the role oxygen plays in combustion; he was executed by guillotine during the French Revolution due to his involvement with the deeply unpopular Ferme Générale. ALS in French, signed “Lavoisier,” one page, 6.5 x 8.25, March 23, 1791. Letter concerning the details of some payments. In fine conditio…

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Italian physicist and inventor (1874-1937) who devoted his life to experiments in wireless communication, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1909. Stunning vintage matte-finish 10.5 x 14.75 photo of Marconi in uniform by Harris & Ewing, boldly signed and inscribed in the wide lower border in fountain pen, "To William T. Flynn, yours very truly, G. Marconi, Washington, DC, June 1917.” Imp…

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Russian chemist and inventor (1834-1907) who formulated the Periodic Law and created a predictive version of the periodic table of elements. Extremely rare ALS in French, signed “D. Mendeleev, Profes. a l'Universite St. Petersburg,” one page, 8.5 x 11, November 25, 1888. Significant letter reviewing Ira Remsen's "Introduction to the Study of Compounds of Carbon." In full (trans…

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Stock certificate for shares in the explosives manufacturing firm founded by Alfred Nobel, Nitroglycerin Aktiebolaget, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 9 x 11.5, issued on April 7, 1915, to "Gerdt Lundeberg." The second page logs the transfer of ownership of the shares through 1954. In fine condition, with two punch holes at center. In 1888, Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel—famed as the in…

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Program for an Achievement Award Dinner held by the Pyramid Club Inc., in honor of Doctor J. Robert Oppenheimer on October 21, 1954, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, four pages, 5.5 x 8.5, signed on the first page in fountain pen. In fine condition, with some light toning to the front cover.

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AQS in German, one page, October 21, 1927. Planck writes an aphorism and signs with his initials, “Bleibe dir selber treu, M. P." [translation: "Stay true to yourself"]. Captioned above in another hand. In fine condition, with a central vertical fold. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope, addressed in Planck's hand.

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Exceedingly rare twice-signed counter check drawn on Chase National Bank, 8.25 x 3.5, filled out and signed by Tesla, "Dr. Nikola Tesla," listing his address as the "Hotel New Yorker," payable to Hotel New Yorker for $50, November 27, 1942; also endorsed on the reverse by Tesla, "Nikola Tesla." In fine condition, with multiple unobtrusive vertical folds. Accompanied by an airmail envelope address…

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Eminent and versatile Swiss-born American zoologist and geologist (1807-1873) who carried out much of his research as a longtime faculty member at Harvard, where he was also instrumental in building the university’s enviable natural history collection. ALS in French, signed “L. Agassiz,” one page, 5 x 7.5, May 12, 1859. Letter concerning some publications to be sent to the Prince…

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Brad-bound facsimile of the original Apple-1 operation manual, 8.5 x 11, 12 pages, signed on the front cover in blue felt tip by Apple- co-founders Steve Wozniak ("Woz") and Ron Wayne ("Ronald Wayne"). In very fine condition, with a PSA/DNA label affixed to the reverse of the page. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from PSA/DNA.

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Chemist (1893-1978) who contributed to wartime research on poison gases during WWI and atomic bombs during WWII, and served as president of Harvard University from 1933 to 1953. Outstanding vintage matte-finish 9.75 x 12.5 photo of the chemist using a slide rule, signed and inscribed in fountain pen to his assistant, "To Virginia Proctor, with grateful appreciation of her effective help and with a…

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French naturalist and zoologist (1769-1832) who is sometimes referred to as the 'founding father of paleontology.' A major figure in natural sciences research in the early 19th century, he was instrumental in establishing the fields of comparative anatomy and paleontology through his work in comparing living animals with fossils. Manuscript DS in French, signed “B. G. Cuvier,” …

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Graded by PSA EX+ 5.5. An appealing card depicting the Nobel Prize-winning physicist, featuring a classic color portrait of Albert Einstein on the front and brief German biography on the back. This German cigarette set cast Einstein amidst a 'cast of characters' checklist that included fellow physicist Max Planck, actor Lon Chaney, and boxer Max Schmeling.

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Hungarian-American engineer (1906-1977) who, during his time with Columbia Records, was instrumental in developing the long-playing microgroove 33​1⁄3 rpm phonograph disc. Glossy 5 x 7 photo of the gramophone record pioneer, signed in blue ballpoint by Peter Carl Goldmark. In fine condition, with a vertical crease to right edge and a faint paperclip impression to top edge.

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French chemist and politician (1737-1816) credited with producing the first systematic method of chemical nomenclature. LS in French, signed “L. B. Guyton,” one page, 7.25 x 9.25, October 29, 1804. Untranslated letter referencing the "Société d'encouragement pour l'industrie nationale." In fine condition.

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Eminent British evolutionary biologist (1887-1975) and brother of writer Aldous Huxley. ALS signed “J. S. Huxley,” one page both sides, 4.75 x 7.5, King's College letterhead, March 28, 1929. Letter to "Lapage," in part: "If you have any articles which you think the Realist c'd use, by all means send them to the Editor—say I told you to, if you like—but I don't s…

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Collection of eleven items signed by medical scientists and researchers, predominately consisting of photos ranging in size from 5 x 3 to 8 x 10, including: James D. Watson (FDC), Richard J. Roberts (SP), Daniel Carleton Gajdusek (SP), Charles H. Best (SP), Christiaan Barnard (SP), Benjamin Spock (SP), Denton A. Cooley (FDC), Hamilton O. Smith (signature), Robert W. Holley (SP), Linus Pauling (SP…

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