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        30 offprints on physics, one from Emilio Segre's library, the rest from R. T. Birge's. Many with presentation inscriptions

      1922-1947. No Dust Jacket. From the Libraries of Birge & Segre; Includes Eight Presentation Copies Van Vleck, John Hasbrouk (1899-1980). Collection of 30 offprints, as listed below. 8vo & 4to. V.p., 1922-47. Most in original wrappers, some lacking wrappers or without wrappers as issued; see below for detailed condition statements. Very good collection, with eight items bearing Van Vleck's presentation inscriptions; another (no. 22) has a correction in Van Vleck's hand. From the library of physicist Raymond T. Birge (1887-1980), except for no. 30, which is from the library of Nobel Laureate Emilio Segre (1905-89). First Separate Editions. Van Vleck, "the father of modern magnetism" (Weber, p. 249), received a share of the 1977 Nobel Prize for physics for his fundamental investigations of the electronic structure of magnetic systems, and his successful use of quantum mechanics to explain magnetic phenomena. This important work, most of which was performed during the 1920s and 1930s (the time period from which our collection of offprints dates), has had a "profound influence on nearly every part of the science of condensed matter . . . [underlying] the development of computer memories, office copying machines and many other electronic devices" (Magee, p. 1111). It played a vital part in establishing the fields of solid-state physics, chemical physics and quantum electronics. Van Vleck earned his doctorate in physics from Harvard University with the "first wholly theoretical thesis dealing with quantum theory to be accepted by an American university" (Magee, p. 1113). This thesis (no. 1) was on one of the most difficult problems in the old quantum theory: calculation of the ground state and ionization energy of the "crossed-orbit" model of the helium atom. During the next twelve years Van Vleck taught at the Universities of Minnesota (1923-28) and Wisconsin (1928-34), where he performed the work that established him as a physicist. He made his greatest contribution to the old quantum theory in 1924, when he conceived his correspondence principle for absorption. In his long two-part paper on the subject (no. 4), Van Vleck "not only established the relation between Einstein's absorption coefficient and the motion of the electron in atoms (as Born did), he also demonstrated that the classical absorption corresponded to the difference between the absorption and the induced emission in the sense of Einstein" (Mehra & Rechenberg, p. 647). During this time he also worked on the quantum theory of the polarization of resonance radiation in magnetic fields (no. 5). The years 1925-26 saw the advent of the new quantum mechanics, which Van Vleck was quick to adopt, publishing his first papers utilizing the new techniques in 1926 (see nos. 6-7). In early 1927 Van Vleck was successful in applying the new quantum mechanics to the problem of electric and magnetic susceptibilities; the approach that he developed, "permitted him to establish the theory of magnetism on a firm quantum-mechanical basis. After struggling with the problem of paramagnetic molecules in the fall of 1926, Van Vleck finally arrived at a satisfactory theory of susceptibilities in the middle of January, 1927 [see no. 8]. He applied his quantum theory of magnetic susceptibilities to the paramagnetic gases, oxygen and nitrous oxide [no. 9]. In 1927, measurements on nitrous oxide had been made only at room temperature, but within a few years, Van Vleck's prediction of the variation of the magnetic moment of the nitric oxide molecule at low temperatures was confirmed in laboratories in Leiden, Zurich, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. These remarkable experimental verifications gave Van Vleck a worldwide reputation among physicists" (Magee, p. 1114). During this period Van Vleck also turned his attention to molecular spectroscopy (see no. 15), discovering the phenomenon of lambda-doubling (see no. 16) and developing what is now known as the Van Vleck degenerate perturbation theory to account for it. In the early and mid-1930s, Van Vleck began focusing on crystal field theory (which he helped to formulate) and on molecular physics. One of his more important contributions to the latter field was his three-part study of the structure and bonding of methane molecule (nos. 17-18 & 20, plus correction [no. 22]). In 1934 Van Vleck was appointed professor of mathematical physics at Harvard, a position he occupied the remainder of his career. At Harvard he continued to explore dielectric phenomena and molecular spectra, began work in nuclear physics, investigated the fields of ferromagnetism and antimagnetism, and began an important series of papers on paramagnetism. In 1939 he gave a series of lectures on current theories of magnetism at the Institut Henri Poincare in Paris; publication of these lectures, delayed by World War II, took place in 1947 (no. 30). During the war Van Vleck participated in several important military projects, including radar research and feasibility studies of the fission bomb. After the war he returned to pure research, making major contributions to the establishment of quantum electrodynamics and to the theoretical understanding of nuclear magnetic resonance. Van Vleck wrote only two books (Quantum Principles and Line Spectra, 1926; and The Theory of Electric and Magnetic Susceptibilities, 1932), but published more than 180 papers, 30 of which we are offering here in offprint form. All but one of the offprints here are from the library of Raymond T. Birge, chairman from 1933 to 1953 of the UC Berkeley physics department, who played a critical role in introducing modern quantum physics to the United States through his advocacy of the Bohr theory and his work in molecular spectroscopy. The remaining offprint is from the library of Emilio Segre, recipient of a share of the 1959 Nobel Prize in physics for his work on the antiproton. Magee, The Nobel Prize Winners: Physics, pp. 1109-17. Weber, Pioneers of Science, pp. 249-50. Mehra & Rechenberg, Hist. Dev. Quantum Physics, I, 418-21, 646-47; IV, 263-67 (see also separate citations below). 1. The normal helium atom and its relation to the quantum theory. Offprint from Phil. Mag. 44 (November 1922). [1] 842-869pp. Original wrappers. Vleck's presentation inscription on the title: "With the compliments of the author." Birge's signature and notes on front wrapper. 2. Two notes on quantum conditions. Offprint from Phys. Rev. (December 1923). 547-558pp. Original printed wrappers. Birge's signature & notes. 3. A correspondence principle for absorption. Offprint from J. Optical Soc. Am. & Rev. Sci. Instr. 9 (July 1924). 27-30pp. Original printed wrappers, one corner creased. Presentation copy, inscribed "Compliments of the author" on front wrapper. Birge's signature. Mehra & Rechenberg I, p. 854. 4. The absorption of radiation by multiply periodic orbits, and its relation to the correspondence principle and the Rayleigh-Jeans law. Offprint from Phys. Rev. 24 (October 1924). 330-365pp. Original printed wrappers. Birge's signature and annotations. 5. On the quantum theory of the polarization of resonance radiation in magnetic fields. Offprint from Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 11 (October 1925). 612-618pp. Original printed wrappers. Author's pres. insc. on front wrapper: "Compliments of the author." Birge's signature. Mehra & Rechenberg IV, p. 314. 6. On the quantum theory of the specific heat of hydrogen. Part I: Relation to the new mechanics, band spectra, and chemical constants. . . . Offprint from Phys. Rev. 28 (November 1926). 980-1029pp. Original printed wrappers. Inscribed by the author on front wrapper: "Compliments of the author." Birge's signature and notes. Mehra & Rechenberg IV, p. 314. 7. The dielectric constant and diamagnetism of hydrogen and helium in the new quantum mechanics. Offprint from Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 12 (December 1926). 662-670pp. Original printed wrappers. Birge's signature. 8. On dielectric constants and magnetic susceptibilities in the new quantum mechanics. Part I: A general proof of the Langevin-Debye formula. Offprint from Phys. Rev. 29 (May 1927). 727-744pp. Original printed wrappers, inscribed by the author: "Compliments of the author." Birge's signature and notes. Mehra & Rechenberg, IV, p. 314. 9. The theory of the paramagnetism of oxygen and nitric oxide. Offprint from Nature (May 7, 1927). 2pp. on single unbound sheet. Birge's annotations. 10. The correspondence principle in the statistical interpretation of quantum mechanics. Offprint from Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. 14 (February 1928). Original printed wrappers. Birge's signature. 11. On dielectric constants and magnetic susceptibilities in the new quantum mechanics. Part III: Application to dia- and paramagnetism. Offprint from Phys. Rev. 31 (April 1928). 587-613pp. Original printed wrappers. Birge's signature and annotations. Mehra & Rechenberg IV, p. 315. 12. Physical optics-supplementary report on quantum mechanics. Offprint from J. Optical Soc. Am. & Rev. Sci. 16 (May 1928). 301-306pp. Original printed self-wrappers. Birge's signature. 13. The new quantum mechanics. Offprint from Chem. Reviews 5 (December 1928). 467-507pp. Without wrappers (as issued?). Minor creasing & cockling. Birge's signature and annotations. 14. The statistical interpretation of various formulations of quantum mechanics. Offprint from J. Franklin Inst. 207 (April 1929). 475-494pp. Original printed wrappers. Birge's signature on front wrapper & pencil annotations in text. 15. On -type doubling and electron spin in the spectra of diatomic molecules. Offprint from Phy. Rev. 33 (April 1929). 467-506pp. Original printed wrappers. Birge's signature on front wrapper and notes in text. 16. Theory of the magnetic quenching of iodine fluorescence and of -doubling in 3 0 states. Offprint from Phys. Rev. 40 (May 15, 1932). 544-568pp. Original printed wrappers, a bit faded. Presentation copy, stamped "Compliments of the author" on the front wrapper. Birge's signature. 17. On the theory of the structure of CH4 and related molecules: Part I. Offprint from J. Chem. Phys. 1 (March 1933). 177-183pp. Without wrappers. Light browning & chipping. Birge's signature. 18. On the theory of the structure of CH4 and related molecules: Part II. Offprint from J. Chem. Phys. 1 (April 1933). 219-238pp. Original printed wrappers. Birge's signature. 19. (with Paul C. Cross). Molecular vibrations of three part systems with special applications to the ethyl halides and ethyl alcohol. A calculation of the vibration frequencies and other constants of the H2O molecule. Offprint from J. Chem. Phys. 1 (June 1933). 350-361pp. Original printed wrappers. Birge's signature. 20. On the theory of the structure of CH4 and related molecules: Part III. Offprint from J. Chem. Phys. 2 (January 1934). 20-30pp. Without wrappers. Light browning. Birge's signature & notes. 21. Concerning the tensor nature of the dielectric constant and magnetic permeability in anisotropic media. Offprint from Phys. Rev. 45 (January 15, 1934). 115-116pp., on single unbound sheet. Birge's signature. 22. Note on the sp3 configuration of carbon, and correction to Part III on CH4. Offprint from J. Chem. Phys. 2 (May 1934). 297-298pp., on single unbound sheet. Correction in Van Vleck's hand on p. 297; also typed addition to table. Birge's signature. 23. (with M. H. Hebb). On the paramagnetic rotation of tysonite. Offprint from Phys. Rev. 46 (July 1, 1934). 17-32pp. Original printed wrappers. Birge's signature. 24. Magnetic dipole radiation and the atmospheric absorption bands of oxygen. Offprint from The Astrophysical Journal 80 (October 1934). 161-170pp. Without wrappers. Pres. copy, inscribed by the author on the first page: "Prof. Birge with the author's compliments." 25. The puzzle of rare-earth spectra in solids. Offprint from J. Phys. Chem. 41 (January 1937). 67-80pp. Without wrappers. 26. The influence of dipole-dipole coupling on the specific heat and susceptibility of a paramagnetic salt. Offprint from J. Chem. Phys. 5 (May 1937). 320-337pp. Without wrappers. Light marginal browning. 27. On the role of dipole-dipole coupling in dielectric media. Offprint from J. Chem. Phys. 5 (July, 1937). 556-568pp., unopened. Without wrappers. Marginal browning. 28. Revised calculation of the translational fluctuation effect in gaseous dielectrics. Offprint from J. Chem. Physics 5 (December 1937). P. 991, on single unbound sheet. 29. On the adiabatic demagnetization of caesium titanium alum. Offprint from J. Chem. Phys. 6 (February 1938). 81-86pp. Without wrappers. 30. Quelques aspects de la theorie du magnetisme. Vol. I, Fasc. 2 of the Annales de l'Institut Henri Poincare. Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1947. 59-190 [2]pp. Original printed wrappers. Van Vleck's pres. insc. on front wrapper: "Homages (!) de l'auteur." From the library of Emilio Segre.

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        Two Typed Letters, signed ("Bruno") to designer Irv Koons, regarding the proposed publication by Random House of Munari's L'UOMO DEL CAMION, with related materials

      New York Milan december 9 1947june 1 1948 New York, Milan, december 9, 1947 - june 1, 1948. 8vo (11 5/8 x 8 1/4 in.). Two Typed Letters, signed ("Bruno") to designer Irv Koons; two Typed Letters (one signed) from Arnoldo Mondadori Editore to Koons; paper sample to be used by Mondadori in printing of American edition of L'UOMO. Light creasing, one letter docketed "Munari" in Koons hand; near fine . Revealing correspondence between Bruno Munari (1907-1998) and Irv Koons (1922-) and between Koons and A. Mondadori Editore about the possibility of Random House (who Koons worked for at the time) publishing Munari's L'uomo del camion (1945), the second installment of his "I libri Munari' series of seven illustrated children's books. For reasons unknown, the deal fell through and it was not until 1968 that World Publishing began releasing the first American editions of Munari's now classic children's books. Munari wrote his children's book series "I libri Munari" when employed by the publisher A. Mondadori Editore. No longer with the firm (who maintained the books' copyrights) when these letters were written, he would receive half the royalties of an American edition. Munari makes it clear that he wants to be involved in the process (he had a bad experience with the French edition) but trusts Koons and respects his editorial and artistic tastes: "It is perfectly all right with me, if you are to do over the pictures: I have not seen any of your work, but when we met here we got along fine and we seemed to have the same ideas." In his next letter, Munari praises Koons work, which he has now had a chance to see. Munari's warmth and humor is apparent in these letters (translated from the Italian and typed by his cousin Maria), as when he laments that a planned exhibit of his work in New York was cancelled: "I am sorry to say the showing of my work in New York did not take place, because, during the voyage, damp sea air spoiled the balance of my wooden 'useless machines' and at the customs they completed the good work by opening the boxes and pulling out things pell mell and almost everything was ruined. Some of them which escaped 'ship wrecking' are hung in the office of Mr. Romeo Toninelli, who gave a party to show them." Included with these letters are two typed letters from A. Mondadori Editore to Koons giving estimated printing costs, suggested royalty arrangements, and a sample of the paper to be used. With their flip-books, cut-outs, and colorful illustrations, the seven "I libri Munari" are some of the most innovative and pleasing 20th-century children's books

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        Doktor Faustus. Das Leben des deutschen Tonsetzers Adrian Leverkühn, erzählt von einem Freunde.

      Stockholm, Bermann-Fischer Verlag, 1947. Original full cloth with gilt lettering to spine and gilt ornamentation to front board. With the rare original printed dust-jacket, in red and gray, -a tear along back hinge and wear to upper capital and corners. A nice and clean copy.. First edition,in the scarce dust-jacket, of one of the absolute greatest novels of the 20th century, by the German Nobel Price winner, Thomas Mann, who with this novel put a new take on the Faust legend by relating it to German National Socialism. The work is Thomas Mann's last great work. The first edition is mentioned in Printing and the Mind of Man: ''Byron's Manfred (1817) is the first of a long list of 'Faustian' plays, novels and musical compositions of which there may be mentioned ... Thomas Mann's novel (1948). [recte 1947]. PMM 298. The work was printed in Berlin later the same year, but the Stockholm-edition is the true first. Wilpert/Gühring 100

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        TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC

      Macmillan New York: Macmillan, 1947. First Edition. cloth. Good copy only, but a great, early inscription. Michener's first book and winner of the Pulitzer Prize. This copy with a very early INSCRIPTION dated 27 May 1947 SIGNED by the author: "Dear Jim,/The first serious writing I/did came your way. This one/had a better fortune, thanks to the/passing of time and some millions of/acres of the Pacific. It's been a treat knowing you./Jim Michener." We can only speculate who Jim was, but obviously he was of some importance to Michener very early in his career. The brittleness of the cheap paper, found in every copy we have seen, is much in evidence with a very short tear at the top margin running through nearly every page of the book. The covers also have short tears near the spine at the top and bottom. The upper front corner is bumped, and a darker shade at the very head of the spine indicates that a dustwrapper was present on this book for quite some time. All that is left is the rear flap which is laid in. Housed in a handsome and recent navy blue half morocco clamshell box.

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        How to Ski By the French Method

      Paris: Editions Fleche, 1947.. Illustrated by Photographs & Layout by Pierre Boucher. First (& Only?) Edition. Very Good/Repaired d/w. 4to. 235mm x 300mm tall (9.25" x 12" approx.). 114pp, printed in red & black, illustrated throughout. Very good, in the original colour-printed thin card covers, with [rubbed and patched] dust-wrapper.

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