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Science & Technology

Electricity and the Electric Telegraph. [In two volumes]. By George B. Prescott

New York: Appleton and Company, 1885, 1888. Later printings. Cloth. Very good/none as issued. Mixed set with continuous pagination in publishers original brown cloth. In 2 volumes. Vol. I: xii, [5] -602, [i]-iii, [3] pages. Vol. 2: viii, [603] -1120, [9-tables] , [I-blank], [i]-ii pages . 8vo. Original brown publisher’s cloth with uniform spine designs but different decorations in blind. With several old institutional stamps on the title page and the Dibner Institute stamp on the front pastedown endpapers (properly withdrawn). Wear and bumping to the corners. Wear to head and tail of both spines. Binding sound with one signature a bit proud in volume 1. Both volumes are copyrighted 1884, but Vol. l (a gift of Bern Dibner) is the 7th edition dated 1888 and Vol. 2 (a gift of IBM) is the sixth edition dated 1885. Ad for Prescott’s latest works in back matter, including “Bell’s Electric Speaking Telephone.” Very Good.

See Sterling and Shiers History of Telecommunications Technology, An Annotated Bibliography, **6-059 (which notes the 1877, 1881, and 1885 editions) . Wheeler Gift Catalogue, I, 2045 (referencing 1877 first edition) “Comprehensive, descriptive treatise,” Cyclopaedia of American Biography V/108. A continuation of Prescott’s well regarded “History, Theory, and Practice of the Electric Telegraph” (first published in 1860, and with several editions through 1866). “Electricity and the Electric Telegraph spends “the first 280 pages or so on electricity in general, while the rest focuses on the telegraph.” It went through many editions, with 1877 being the first. George Bartlett Prescott was well positioned to write such a book. He was a manager of telegraph offices from 1847-1858, then Superintendent of the American and in 1866 of the Western Union telegraph companies’ lines, and in 1869 electrician of the Western Union telegraph company. He was also electrician of the International Ocean Telegraph Company from 1873 to 1880, and later travelled overseas to review the technologies being used there. He later rose to executive and board positions in several companies including the Bell telephone company of Philadelphia. He also had several related patents, and wrote numerous articles for the technical press as well as several books.” — Kuenzig Books

Comets to Cosmology: Proceedings of the Third IRAS Conference, Held at Queen Mary College, University of London, July 6-10, 1987 [Lecture Notes in Physics 297]
By Andrew Lawrence, ed.

Berlin: Springer-Verlag, 1986. First Edition, First Printing. Cloth. Near fine/none as issued. About fine, first edition, first printing. Brown, mustard and white cloth boards. Binding is sturdy, square and tight. Previous owner’s name stamped neatly on top edge, otherwise as new. No dust jacket as issued. Illustrated with formulas, b/w photos, graphs, and drawings. x, 415 [2] pp. Octavo, 6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches tall. These proceedings are concerned with discoveries from the Infra-Red Astronomical Satellite IRAS including follow-up projects in theoretical and observational astronomy. In particular, they stress the solar system results from IRAS. A huge range of astronomical topics is addressed including asteroids, comets, dust in the solar neighbourhood, young stars, old stars, the interstellar medium, and the Galactic cosmic background at various wavelengths.. —

Edition: Fourth Edition; First thus. Book condition: Good +. Quantity available: 1

New York: Marine Engineering, 1917. Fourth Edition; First thus. Cloth. Good +. A good plus, World War I era, first edition thus. Green cloth boards with embossed cover. Gilt stamped title on spine. Rear board softened and damaged over 10% of back cover. Corner bumped and another rubbed. Front pastedown shows removal of bookplate. Department of the Navy embossed seal on title page. Fold-outs intact. Binding is sound. Heavily illustrated with black and white photos, drawings, charts and graphs. 982 pp. including index. Octavo, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches tall.


Bureau of Naval Personnel

Edition: First Thus. Book condition: Very good.

U. S. Department of the navy, 1949. First Thus. Staplebound wraps. Very good/very good +. An original, very good, 1949 Navy training course in surveying, first edition thus. Softcover, staple bound wraps. Cover faded and dust soiled. “For official use only” and US Navy insignia on front cover. Edges evenly soiled from handling. Pencil marginalia to title page. Offset toning from staples (original binding). All fold-outs and pocket maps and charts intact and near fine. No other markings, no torn pages. Binding is sturdy, square and sound. Black and white maps, charts, photos, and graphs. 397 pp. with index. Duodecimo, 5 x 7 3/4 inches tall.


Edition: Second Printing. Book condition: Near fine

Geneva: World Health Organization, 1969. Second Printing. Cloth. Near fine/very good +. A near fine second printing in a very good dust jacket. Beige cloth boards with red title stamping. Previous owner’s inscription on first free endpaper. Interior clean and bright. Binding sturdy and square. Fold-outs pristine. Dust jacket has small tears and some soil. Previous owner’s name inscribed on dust jacket. Dust jacket now protected in a clear, removable, archival cover. 392 pp. including index. Octavo, 6 1/2 x 10 inches tall.


Prince William Sound, Alaska earthquake of 1964 and aftershocks edited by Fergus J. Wood.

Edition: First edition. Book condition: Near Fine.

Washington DC: US Government Printing Office, 1966. First edition. Hardcover. Near Fine.

Near fine hardcover first edition, complete: volumes I-III in four parts. Blue cloth boards, gilt stamping. Map and photo endpapers. Mild dust soiling to edges, otherwise near fine. Profusely illustrated from photographs, maps and charts including 8 folded maps in rear pocket of Vol I, a folded map and pristine 33 1/3 rpm small vinyl recording of the earthquake in rear pocket of Vol II, A. 263, 392, 350, and 155 pp., respectively. Small quarto, 9 x 11 1/2 inches tall.

Volume I: Operational Phases of the Coast & Geodetic Survey… including an account of Seismicity and Brief history of the coast and geodetic survey in this area. Volume II: (A) Research Studies: Seismology and marine geology, Engineering Seismology, (B) Seismology (C) Marine Geology. Vol III: Research Studies and interpretive results (A) Geodosy) (B) Photogrammetry.


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