RR Auction Home
Current Auction Is Open For Bidding
 
Home |Sitemap|Contact Us| Past Auctions  
 How to Bid   Register to Bid   Auctions   Consign   About Us   Featured Lots   Reviews 
If you don't have a Bidder Number, register now to bid!
back button 30 Minute Rule Begins on the Evening of March 10 at 7:00PM ET
An Initial Bid Must Be Placed By 6:00PM ET To Participate After 6:00PM ET NEXT LOT PREVIOUS LOT
Item   Title MB Now at Next bid Bids New bid Max bid  
285   William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin Autograph Letter Signed  $200 $230 $253 2 You must login to place a bid.
click to enlarge
Mouse Over to Zoom/Click to Enlarge

#285 - William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin Autograph Letter Signed Estimate: $500+

British mathematical physicist and engineer (1824-1907) who, as the Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Glasgow for 53 years, did important work in the mathematical analysis of electricity and formulation of the first and second laws of thermodynamics, and did much to unify the emerging discipline of physics in its modern form. He received the Royal Society's Copley Medal in 1883, was its President between 1890-1895, and in 1892 was the first British scientist to be elevated to the House of Lords. ALS signed “William Thomson,” four pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, 12 Grosvenor Gardens letterhead, June 18, 1888. Letter to Professor Bertrand, in part: "I hear from Lieut. Collet that he is candidate for a post of 'Repetiteur Titulaire d'Astronomie et de Geodesie' vacant, or about to become vacant, in the Ecole Polytechnique; and I hope you will kindly excuse my writing you a few lines in support of his candidature, though I can quite understand that you may feel it needs no support from 'foreign parts.' His books on the Compass and on the theory and practice of its correction in iron ships, show that he possesses the mathematical knowledge which is the essential foundation of intelligence in astronomy and geodesy. But they prove more:—they prove that he has a remarkable tact and skill in applying scientific principles to practical work which would, I feel sure, make his teaching very useful to his pupils in the Ecole Polytechnique." In fine condition.

This item is Pre-Certified!
Please contact us for pricing on a third-party full letter of authenticity.
No extra postage and no long delays!
Click here if you are interested.


back button
Help links  
Learn more about our autograph authentication experts...
click to enlarge click to enlarge click to enlarge
Buyer's Premium   The Bidder acknowledges and agrees that a 25.0% buyer’s premium will be added to the hammer price on all individual Timed Auction lots. For additional information view our complete terms and conditions.
Your bid is a contract  Placing a bid online means you agree to abide by the terms and conditions listed by RRAuction.
Payment methods accepted   All checks, cashiers checks, bank checks, or money orders are payable to R&R Auction Company of Massachusetts, LLC. RR Auction clients with an invoice $1000 or under will have the option to pay by credit card or Paypal. Please send Paypal payments to FinanceDepartment@rrauction.com.
Payment for items won in auction 604 is due by Monday, March 22nd unless prior arrangements have been made. Late payment may result in suspension of your bidding privileges.
Condition An item’s general condition is rated on an ascending scale of 1 to 4: good, very good, fine, very fine. Additional specific details that would not be obvious from the illustration, if any, are mentioned in the description.
Further descriptions You can call us or email us if you'd like us to answer questions about these items.