VON HELMHOLTZ, Hermann

VON HELMHOLTZ, Hermann (KÖNIG, Arthur and Carl RUNGE, Eds.). Einleitung zu den Vorlesungen über Theoretische Physik

Leipzig, Johann Ambrosius Barth, 1922-1925.

£500

Second edition. 4to. 3 vols: [9], 380 pp.; viii, 246 pp.; x, 255 pp.. Half faux-leather and marbled paper over boards, with gilt lettering and raised bands. Minor signs of wear on head and tail of the spine. These are the first three volumes of the ‘lessons’ in physics by the famous scientist Hermann von Helmholtz. Each volume includes half-title and  title-page. The first volume is dedicated to the dynamics of discrete mass-points; the second volume to the dynamics of continuously distributed masses; the third volume is about the mathematical principles of acoustic. Each of the three volumes is inscribed by Hermann Arthur Jahn, a British scientist of German origin, who was co-responsible of the discovery of the Jahn-Teller effect in molecular chemistry. The inner hinge of the first volume shows spine netting. The corners are a bit bumped and spines show negligible signs of wear at caps. Overall, an excellent copy.

JEANS, James

JEANS, James. An Elementary Treatise on  Theoretical Mechanics

Boston, Ginn and Company, 1907.

£100

FIRST EDITION. 8vo. viii, 364 pp., and five final leaves for publisher’s catalogue. Owner’s autograph ‘N. K. Adam 1940’ on front free endpaper. This copy presumably belonged to Neil Kensington Adam (1891 – 1973), a chemist and one of the founders of the University of Southampton. Brown buckram. A fine copy.

PLANCK, Max

PLANCK, Max. Einführung in die Theorie der Elektrizität und des Magnetismus. Zum Gebrauch bei Vorträgen, sowie zum Selbstunterricht

Leipzig, S. Hirzel, 1928.

£150

Second edition. 8vo. vi, 206 pp., and one final leaf of publisher’s catalogue. The third volume of the Introduction to Theoretical Physics by German physicist Max Planck, the originator of the quantum theory. Hand-written autograph ‘H. A. Jahn’ on upper end-paper, presumably from Hermann Arthur Jahn, a notable British scientist. Another owner’s mark (‘Fritz Grünewald, 1929) has been crossed out. Maroon buckram with gilt lettering to front cover and spine. Light age yellowing throughout. A fine copy.

PLANCK, Max

PLANCK, Max. Einführung in die Theorie der Wärme. Zum Gebrauch bei Vorträgen, sowie zum Selbstunterricht

Leipzig, S. Hirzel, 1932.

£150

Second edition. 8vo. vi, 251 pp. and two final leaves of publisher’s catalogue. Fifth volume of the Introduction to Theoretical Physics by German physicist Max Planck, originator of the quantum theory. This copy bears the autograph of Hermann Arthur Jahn, a British scientist of German origins, who was co-responsible of the discovery of the Jahn-Teller effect in molecular chemistry. Maroon buckram over boards with gilt lettering to front cover and spine. Light age yellowing throughout. A fine copy.

JEANS, James

Jeans, James. An Introduction to the Kinetic Theory of Gases.

Cambridge, University Press, 1940.

£175

FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 311 p.. Owner’s autograph ‘N. K. Adam 1940’ on front free endpaper. This copy belonged to Neil Kensington Adam (1891 – 1973), a chemist and one of the founders of the University of Southampton. Numerous handwritten notes on margins highlighting the most difficult passages and commenting on the text. Brown buckram with some small signs of wear to head and tail of spine and along the outer hinges, light age yellowing throughout. Gilt lettering on spine. A near fine copy. 

DEROME, Nicolas-Denis, called Le Jeune, binder. BOILEAU-DESPRÉAUX, Nicolas

THE SCHIFF COPY IN AN EXQUISITE DEROME LE JEUNE BINDING

Poésies

£2750

Paris, Didot l’ainé, 1781.

12mo (134x176mm), pp. [ii] 180, 192. Two vols. in one, contemporary blue-black morocco gilt, covers with border of small leaf, double fillet and fleurs-de-lys rool tools, smooth spine divided into six compartments, gilt-lettered in one, a repeated gilt panel of small tools in the rest, broad edges and turn-ins gilt with circles, small flowers and other rolls, pink silk linings and page markers, a.e.g., by Derome le Jeune, with his ticket, slight wear to upper corners and headcap, modern half morocco chemise and morocco-edged slipcase, half-titles, ornamental woodcut head- and tailpiece decorations.

Provenance

1) Mortimer L. Schiff, bookplate (sale, Sotheby’s, 5 July 1938, lot 660)
2) P. Desq, bookplate.

Seymour de Ricco, French Bindings in the Mortimer L. Schiff Collection (New York and Paris 1935), I. 58. (PL)