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        1. Dopolnitjenyja tjekhizsjeskija dannija k postrojeniju metallizsjeskoj obolozski dirischablja bjez dorogoj verfi. 2. Otzyv Ljeljenpovskago Obschtstva o mojem dirischabl. Izdanije litsa, poschjelavschtsago ostatcja njeizvctnym (Russian). (1. Additional Technical Data on the Construction of Metal Envelope of Dirigible Without Expensive Dock. 2. The Attitude of the Ledentsovskiy Society towards My Dirigible. Published by a Person, who Wishes to Remain Unknown).

      Kaluga, 1915. 8vo. (25,5 x 17,4 cm). Orig. printed, illustrated green wrappers, inside af wrappers also illustrated w. figures. Fading to front wrapper and to edges of back wrapper. Two very small tears to back wrapper. Internally excellent. All in all a very fine copy. Illustr. 10 pp. (= pp. (1)-10).. Exceedingly rare and important first edition (in Russian). As T. in 1919 became a member of the Socialist Academy (later cooperated in the USSR Academy of Science), recognition and money enabled him to publish a much larger quantity of articles and books than he had done before. Everything by T. published before 1918 was paid for by himself; his modest salary only allowed him to pay for few copies of each, and four times as many of his articles, booklets and books were published after 1918 as in all the years before; each one after 1918 was likewise issued in a much greater number. "During a period of 26 years before the revolution his publications numbered less than 50." (Collected Works, NASA, 1951, I; p. X). This together with the fact that his work was not recognized and his experiments discredited, means that probably very few copies were preserved. His early works are thus of the greatest rarity. "Like all the pre-1918 papers by Tsiolkovsky, which were printed on his own expense in very small numbers only, that virtually have disappeared and the re-occurrence of one of them is very remarkable." (Catalogue 282, Interlibrum Vaduz).Elaborately presenting the metal-zeppelin as the first, T. presented it in detail in this work, and had constructers of the zeppelins only studied this work by T., many disasters could have been avoided.Being the father of the all-metal dirigible aerostat with changeable volume and gas heating, his technical foresight was greatly in advance of the level of industrial development at the time. He came up with a number of entirely new ideas concerning dirigible design. He set out to develop a dirigible that would be safe as well as fast, up until then the dirigibles in use were neither. He wanted to ensure a longer flight-time, and was certain this could not be attained with the fabric envelopes in use at the time, -they leaked gas, lost height and could not stay aloft for long at a time. Besides that, they were insecure due to fire-hazard and not sufficiently strong. As the very first, T. developed the idea of an all-metal envelope that was capable of altering size, - the "breathing" metal envelope. "Tsiolkovskiy's ideas found no support either in Russia or abroad. His ideas were dozens of years ahead of the science and technology of his time. The subsequent development of the technology of dirigible construction shows that Tsiolkovskiy's ideas were adopted by many authors who, however, treated them as recent discoveries, without mentioning the name of Konstantin Eduardovich." (Collected Works, 1959, III: p. 11-12). "Forty years of experimenting were needed to produce concepts that had already been expressed by K.E. Tsiolkovkiy, while aeronautics was still in the cradle." (Collected Works, 1959, III: p. 17). With the invention of the all-metal dirigible T. has proved to be ahead of both contemporary scientists and inventors as well as of his time. "His work is now a shining beacon in science, attracting the attention of the scientists and designers called upon to provide mankind with a reliable transport dirigible." (Collected Works, 1959, III: p. 26).The father of modern rocketry, Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovski (1857-1935), is probably most widely known for his works on rocket propulsion, however his contributions to several fields of science have been immense and of exceedingly seminal character. Deafened at the age of nine and as a consequence thereof unable to go to school, he was forced to learn everything on his own hand. His father, a forester, was fond of scientific experiments, and though not wealthy, he had books on science and natural history. Tsiolkovski began by reading all books he could find on these subjects and as a consequence was able to construct quite complicated devices for measuring distances and many other things. Having seen how gifted his son was, his father sent him to Moscow, where Tsiolkovski spend all three years in libraries, receiving no teaching but his own, but still succeeding in taking a degree in physics from the university. T. can thus be seen as a purely self-taught man. After Moscow he settled in the small city of Borovskoye, where he taught physics at a school, spending all his spare time conducting experiments and writing about them. He devoted his intellect mainly to three scientific problems of the greatest importance at the time: The aeroplane, the (long-range) rocket and the all metal dirigible. Self-taught as he was and unable to come in touch with new publications in his fields of interest, he began with nothing and made all necessary calculations himself. Calculations and experiments were always at the base of his scientific works, and no conclusions were derived from intuition and guesswork. He was the first in the world to solve numerous problems concerning his three main interests, but unable to be recognized by the tsar-regime and considered, at best, a dreamer and a utopian, the struggle for his inventions was long and hard. Aged 24 he was the first in the world to formulate the possibility of applying the principle of reactive motion for flight in a vacuum, thus presenting a simple plan for a spaceship. He established the possibility of space travel by means of rockets, and is thus called the father of rocketry. He is also called the father of the all-metal dirigible. He is the first to propose and state that liquid fuel is necessary for spaceflight. He was the first in the world to make calculations for the air-jet and turbo-prop-planes, and it is in his works we find the most complete elaboration of the theory of rocket propulsion for many years to come. "In his works on rocket dynamics Tsiolkovsky, the first in the history of science, calculated the efficiency of the rocket and pointed out the advantages of rocket motors at high velocities." (Kosmodemyansky, Moscow, 1956, p. 69). T. saw it as necessary step for mankind to explore and inhabit outer space and nothing could prevent him from working on the possibilities of this; in short, among many other things, we owe to him the fundamental principles of rocket dynamics.After the Revolution T. became a member of the Academy, was allotted a personal pension in 1921, and became able to devote himself entirely to his scientific work. Now his contemporaries finally saw him as the founder of a new domain of human knowledge, a new science, he was, and he was awarded the Red Banner of Labour Order for outstanding services to his country

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        Die Verwandlung.

      Leipzig, Kurt Wolff, (1915). Bound uncut with the original printed wrappers (with the famous Ottomar Starke-illustration) and the original red (!) end-papers in en elegant private, grey half morocco-binding with elegant, patterned paper over boards (presumably Bindesbøll-paper), the exqusite gilding on the spine repeating the pattern of the paper. Single gilt lines to boards. Binding signed in blind to inside of back board: Ander Kysters Efterf., gilding by Hagel Olsen. A very nice and clean copy. With the three leaves of advertisements at the end.. First edition of this masterpiece of modern fiction, Kafka's third published book, Metamorphosis, which was only preceded by Betrachtung and ''Der Heizer. Metamorphosis is by far the most famous of Kafka's works to appear within his life-time. If one thinks Kafka, one will automatically think Metamorphosis, the work with which his name is most closely linked. The work is groundbreaking, not only in Kafka-authorship, but also in the turn of consciousness of 20th century man. Never before had a work so forcefully and so directly described the alienation of man - from himself, from society, from family, from the state - an alienation that with the consciousness of it becomes defining for the 20th century. It is no wonder that Nabokov rated Metamorphosis second (after Joyce's Ulysses) in his list of the greatest prose works of the 20th century. On the Sunday morning of 24 November Kafka read the first part of Metamorphosis to his friends Oskar Baum and Max Brod. It was the last literary triumph of a highly productive year (though The Man Who Disappeared was still only partially written). Probably the most familiar of Kafka's stories to readers, its dramatic qualities have been recognized by such actors and playwrights as Steven Berkoff, who memorably put Gregor Samsa on the London stage in 1969 at the Roundhouse and again at the National Theatre in 1976, with later revivals around the world. As Berkoff put it: What is so haunting about Kafka's vision is that it is the vision of the condemned man who views every fragment of of his universe with unconcealed intensity, even if the mood is sometimes cool and austere. [...] The senses of horror, self-disgust, anguish and claustrophobia are vividly and dramatically present. And they are Kafka's emotions at this time. (Murray, Kafka, pp. 140-41)

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        A Determination of the Deflection of Light by the Sun's Gravitational Field, from Observations Made at the Total Eclipse of May 29, 1919.THE CONFIRMATION OF GENERAL RELATIVITY. London: Harrison & Sons, 1920.

      First edition, journal issue. Among the experimental results predicted by Einstein's 1915 theory of general relativity was the bending of light by massive bodies due to the curvature of space-time in their vicinity. To test this prediction, the astronomers Eddington and Dyson organized two expeditions-one to Principe Island off West Africa, and the other to Sobral in Brazil-for the purpose of observing the May 1919 solar eclipse; the sun served as the 'massive body,' and an eclipse was necessary in order to observe the light coming from other stars. "The results were in agreement with Einstein's prediction, the Sobral result being 1.98 ± 0.12 arcsec and the Principe result 1.61 ± 0.3 arcsec [about twice the amounts predicted by Newtonian theory]." (Twentieth Century Physics III, pp. 1722-23). It was upon the publication of these results in November, 1919, that Einstein became world famous. Pais, Subtle is the Lord, (p. 309) points out that the New York Times Index contains no mention of Einstein until November of 1919. From that date until his death, Einstein's name appeared in that newspaper each year, usually many times.. Large 4to (290 x 226 mm). In: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series A, Vol. 220, pp 291-333 with 1 photographic plate of the eclipse. The entire volume 220 [viii 470 pp ] offered here in latter full cloth with gilt spine label. There is some light offsetting from a paper label having been stuck at the inner top margin of the first page of the Eddington paper and there is some very light damp staining to the upper margin of these pages. Punctured library stamp to upper corner of page 389/390, no stamps or other institutional markings

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        Exhibits, Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, Nos. 57-62. Productive Efficiency in the Western as Compared with the Eastern District [and five other exhibits; full titles gladly provided on request]

      Justice Brandeis' personal copy of six exhibits in the Western Arbitration Case, involving almost 100 western railroads and some 55,000 workers, each of the exhibits with his red-ink personal ownership stamp ("Property of Louis D. Brandeis"). Black cloth, gilt, a very good copy, with the elaborate library bookplate setting forth the presentation to it by Justice Brandeis. Superior Typesetting Co., Chicago, 1915.

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        The Voyage Out.

      London: Duckworth & Co 1915.. First edition, 8vo, (vi), 458, (4), 16 advertisement pp. A few light spots to the preliminaries. Recently rebound by the Chelsea Bindery in dark blue morocco, gilt titled spine, a.e.g., a lovely copy. Kirkpatrick A1a.

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        PAGES DE GUERRE. 12 TEXTES INÉDITS : Léon Bloy : 1914 - 1915 NOUS NE SOMMES PAS ÉTAT DE GUERRE. Frontispice de Auguste Leroux.+ Brieux : 1914-1915 DEUX LETTRES AUX COMBATTANTS. Frontispice de Georges Jeanniot.+ Étienne Lamy : 1914-1916 DEBOUT NOS MORTS. Frontispice de Georges Rochegrosse.+ Maurice Barrès : 1914-1916 LA BATAILLE SOUS NANCY. Frontispice de Adolphe Giraldon.+ Émile Verhaeren : 1914-1915 LE CRIME ALLEMAND. Frontispice de Lobel - Riche. + Urban Gohier : 1914-1916 LE VRAI MONUMENT DE LA VICTOIRE. Frontispice de Eug. Grasset. + Louis Barthou : 1914 - 1915 HEURE VIENDRA QUI TOUT PAYERA. Frontispice de Louis Legrand. + Henri De Régnier : 1914-1916 LE COFFRET ROUGE. Frontispice de Alexandre Lunois. + Camille Mauclair : 1914-1916 POUR LES MARTYRS DU NORD FRANCAIS. Frontispice de Carlos Schwabe. + Robert de Montesquiou : 1914-1916 NOUVELLES OFFRANDES BLESSÉES. Frontispice de H. Gervex. + Marcel Boulenger : 1914-1916 LA BELLE SANTÉ. Frontispice de Steinlen. + Jean Richepin : 1914-1915 MIRACLES. Frontispice de R. Frieda..

      Maison du Livre, Paris, 1915-1916. In French. Gilt-Ornamented Spine. Raised bands. Upper gilt-edging. Marbeled endpapers. Marbeled covers. Twelve decorated soft cover booklets, with frontespieces, bound in a half morocco binding, including title cover and one engraved plate of Carlos Schwab. Titles printed in red and black. Binding slightly torn. A very nice copy

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      1915. A Wonderful and Playful Original Louis Wain WatercolorWAIN, Louis (1860-1939). “Leap-frog.” [N.p.: n.d., ca. 1915]. Original pen, ink, and watercolor drawing. Signed at lower right. Image size: 13 3/8 x 10 1/2 inches; 340 x 265 mm. Matted, framed, and glazed.A wonderful example of a Louis Wain original watercolor drawing, depicting two cats, a brown tabby cat dressed as a policeman and a black cat with white markings on his face and white paws dressed as a jester and leaning on a cane, playing leap-frog on a sidewalk in front of a barber’s shop, the door reading “Combs./Tonsorial/Artist/Hair Cut. 6d./Shaving. 6d./Wigs.” There are three signs in the window behind them: “Mouse/Hair/Wash,” “Keep Your/Fur Clean/and Your/Nose Cold,” “Never Sit/on your Tail/it Spoils the/Fur.” A highly colorful and playful example.

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        Widmungen und Buchzeichen.

      Dresden: Verlag [und Galerie] Emil Richter (1915). 12 (5 handkolorierte) Exlibris in OLithographie, ORadierung u. OHolzschnitt. 12 auf verschiedenen Papieren gedruckte Bl., angefalzt auf handgeschöpftem Zanders-Bütten. Grüne OHLwd.-Mappe m. handkolorierter, illustr. OVDeckel-Lithographie. Qu.-gr. 4°. Sennewald 15,1 (10 Bll.); vgl. Vollmer 4, 91; nicht im Exlibris-Katalog, Gutenberg-Museum, 1 und 2. - G. W. Rössner [1885-1972] war ab 1904 Schüler von Lovis Corinth, ab 1920 Lehrer an der Staatl. Kunstschule, Berlin, ab 1934 Nachfolger von Emil Orlik an der Vereinigten Staatsschule, Berlin. Er war Maler, vorwiegend aber Graphiker und Buchillustrator für Verlage wie A. R. Meyer, den Fritz Gurlitt Verlag, die F. Plenzat-Presse etc. - Handabzüge des Künstlers in 12 num. Expl., Impressum E. SIGNIERT: »15. Mai 1915 Georg Walter Rössner«, jedes Exlibris zusätzlich E. SIGNIERT, 5 Exlibris HANDKOLORIERT. Die Buchzeichen auf schwerem Bütten, Kaiserlich Japan und hauchdünnem China-Papier abgezogen. Exlibris für Ewald Bender, Richard Hartzer, Victor Singer, Magnus Zeller etc. - Bandrand und Vorsatz-Ränder etwas gebräunt, IDeckel- und ISpiegel-Ecken mit Leimabklatsch, Exlibris teils mit Abklatsch auf dem gegenüberliegenden, unbedrucktem Zanders-Bütten. Insgesamt gutes, sonst sauberes, unbeschnittenes Expl. - Via »WorldCat.« nur das Exemplar im Victoria & Albert Museum, London, nachweisbar.

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      [Erzählungen.] Zweite Ausgabe. Leipzig, Kurt Wolff ohne Jahr [1915]. Gr.-8°. 3 Bl., 99 S. Orig.-Halblederband mit vergoldetem Rückentitel Dietz 27. - Titelauflage der ersten Ausgabe. - Die hier vorliegende erste Buchveröffentlichung von Franz Kafka erschien 1912 bei Rowohlt in 800 Exemplaren. Hiervon wurden weniger als 400 Exemplare verkauft. 1915 liess der Verleger Kurt Wolff anläßlich der Nominierung des Fontane-Preises für den Autor ein neues Titelblatt mit dem vermeintlich verkaufsfördernden, irreführenden Vermerk »Zweite Ausgabe« drucken und vertrieb so die Restauflage. Tatsächlich erhielt Sternheim die Auszeichnug, spendete das damit verbundene Preisgeld, 800 Mark, Franz Kafka, vom Geschäftsführer des Wolff-Verlages, Meyer, als »Hans-im-Glück« bezeichnet. - Auf Kafkas besonderen Wunsch im übergroßen Schriftgrad »Tertia« gesetzt, mit dem er sich schlussendlich anfreundete und ihn als »wunderschön« bezeichnete. - Einbandrücken etwas beschabt und Kapitale bestoßen. Innengelenk nach der Inhaltsangabe angeplatzt. Leeres Vorblatt mit Besitzvermerk mit Bleistift »Bubienko zum Landshuter Tag 5. 8. 22«. [2 Warenabbildungen bei]

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        The Diary of Virginia Woolf. Edited by Anne Olivier Bell.

      Complete set of 5 volumes all first editions, comprising: Volume One 1915-1919, xxviii, 356pp; Volume Two 1920-1924, xii, 369pp; Volume Three 1925-1930, xiii, 384pp; Volume Four 1931-1935, iii, 402pp; Volume Five 1936-1941, xiv, 402pp. A very good set in dust wrappers which incorporate designs by Duncan Grant. London, The Hogarth Press, 1977 1984.This, the complete diary of Virginia Woolf, was the last of her major works to be published, and in Quentin Bell's estimation, a masterpiece that ranks in achievement with The Waves and To the Lighthouse.

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        THE HOME OF THE BLIZZARD. Being the Story of the Australasian Expedition, 1911-1914.

      London: William Heinemann, 1915.. 1st 2 Volume Edition; Vol I, xxx, 349pp, Photogravure frontispiece, 8 colour plate leaves, 108 plate leaves (4 folding), 17 text illustrations. Vol II, xiii, 338pp, Photogravure frontispiece, 10 colour plate leaves, 93 plate leaves (5 folding), 20 text illustrations, 3 folding maps in rear pocket. Original dark blue cloth, title gilt to upper board and spine, pictorial block - "Leaning into the Wind" - in silver to front cover. The book is in the same format as Shackleton's Heart of the Antarctic, which is advertised on the first half-title verso. Initially intending to be a member of Scott's party, Mawson decided to command his own expedition, the first official Australasian Antarctic Expedition. Mawson charted more than 2000 miles of coastline and nearly lost his life in a wild sledge journey. In the process, he developed a detailed scientific analysis of George V Land and Macquarie Island, and produced this classic account of heroic age exploits, which includes stunning photography from the camera of Frank Hurley. Account of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914 led by Douglas Mawson. Shore paries wintered at Cape Denison and on the Shackleton Ice Shelf. The former base was unfortunately located in an area of constant gale-force winds -- hence the title. In December 1912 a sledge party reached the South Magnetic Pole, located by Eric Webb. Meanwhwile another party, consisting of Mawson, Ninnis and Mertz explored eastwards across George V Land. Only Mawson returned to base, Ninnis having fallen down a crevasse and Mertz having died of starvation and compliications. The expedition would discover 1,320 miles of land, including the Mertz, Denman, and Scott Glaciers, and the Davis Sea, and map 800 miles of coastline between Gaussberg and Cape Adare, all along the Adelie Land coast and beyond. Mawson's tale is one of the great stories of survival of the heroic age of Antarctic exploration. Exploring with Ninnis & Mertz in 1912, Ninnis was lost down a crevasse. With him went the 6 fittest dogs & the most indispensable supplies. Mertz & Mawson improvised, feeding the dogs worn out mitts & raw-hide straps, but eventually the weakest dogs were killed to feed them all, until all the dogs were gone. The two men reserved the dog's livers as the meat easiest to chew, unaware that liver's toxins were slowly poisoning the men as they consumed it. Mertz became delirious and died. Mawson continued, the soles of his feet separating and his toes and fingers festering. Miraculously he found a depot of food, and arrived eventually at the main depot, to see the ship departing on the horizon. He wintered over with the 6 men who had remained to continue the search. On Dec. 24, 1913 their 2 year journey was finally over. Taurus 100; Rosove 217.A1; Spence 774; Conrad p208. Hinges loose Vol I, Stain to top of spine and front cover affecting titling, otherwise Very Good.

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        Die Grundlagen der Physik.Berlin: Julius Springer, 1924. First edition.

      Offprint of this important paper in the history of general relativity. Hilbert declared himself that this paper was essentially just a reprint, with minor editorial notes, of his two earlier papers under the same title from 1915-16, in which he presented the field equations of general relativity before Einstein did. However, as several Hilbert biographers have pointed out, the 1924 version of his theory contains "major conceptual adjustments and a recognition of its deductive structure" (Renn & Stachel: The Genesis of General Relativity, p.930). "... it was Hilbert's aim to give not just a theory of gravitation but an axiomatic theory of the world. This lends an exalted quality to his paper, from the title, 'Die Grundlagen der Physik', The Foundations of Physics, to the concluding paragraph, in which he expressed his conviction that his fundamental equations would eventually solve the riddles of atomic structure" (Pais: Subtle is the Lord, pp. 257-258). On 21 November 1915 Hilbert submitted a paper to the Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften in Göttingen which contained the correct field equations of gravitation; Einstein submitted a paper to the Prussian Academy five days later containing the same equations. Hilbert derived the equations from a variational principle, which he was the first to state correctly. His paper also contains the statement, but not the proof, of what is now known as Noether's theorem (proved by Emmy Noether in 1918). This theorem implies the existence of four identities which Hilbert believed incorrectly were the four electromagnetic equations, and hence that electromagnetism was essentially a gravitational phenomenon (it was later understood that the identities are the energy-momentum conservation laws). "These and other errors are expurgated in an article Hilbert wrote in 1924 [the present paper]. It is again entitled 'Die Grundlagen der Physik' and contains a synopsis of his 1915 paper and a sequel to it written a year later. Hilbert's collected works, each volume of which contains a preface by Hilbert himself, does not include these two early papers, but only the one of 1924" (Pais, p.258). See pp. 399-403 of 'David Hilbert and the Axiomatization of Physics' by Leo Corry for a detailed account of the "remarkable differences between the early printed versions of the communications and the 1924 article".. Offprint from: Mathematische Annalen, Band 92, Heft 1/2, 1924, pp.1-32. Original printed wrappers; small scratch to rear wrapper, otherwise fine and clean. Rare in offprint issue

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