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BELL, Jocelyn; A. Hewish; J. D. H. Pilkington; P. F. Scott; R. A. Collins.
Observation of a Rapidly Pulsating Radio Source.
London: Macmillan,, 1968. The paper announcing "one of the greatest astronomical discoveries of the 20th century" Quarto (260 x 210 mm). Original blue printed stiff wrappers. Bound with 18 other offprints and separate publications relating to pulsars and radio astronomy in contemporary red cloth, spine lettered "Radio Astronomy XVIII" in gilt. With a 2 page typed index loosely inserted. With the library stamps of the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory, Cambridge to several of the works; the occasional pencil and ink annotations noting the same provenance. Spine and inner edges of boards faintly sunned, a few stab holes and rust marks from previous staples visible at gutters of publications, closed tear to inner margin of title page for work a). All in fine or near-fine condition. First edition, the extremely rare offprint, of the landmark paper which announced the discovery of pulsars, co-authored by British astrophysicist Jocelyn Bell and her thesis supervisor Antony Hewish, and three others; with a meaningful provenance, being bound eleventh in a volume of related offprints from the library of the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory, where the research leading to this discovery was carried out. Library Hub locates just one copy of the offprint, in the collections of the Royal Society; WorldCat locates none further. Two copies of the issue of Nature in which the article appears have surfaced at auction (Bonhams 2010), but the offprint has not. In 1967 Bell (b. 1943), while a doctoral student at Cambridge University, made her discovery using a telescope that she and Hewi … [Click Below for Full Description]
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