WATSON & CRICK: THE DISCOVERY OF THE STRUCTURE OF DNA.
1. WATSON, JAMES D., AND FRANCIS H.C. CRICK. "Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids. A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid." In: Nature offprint, Vol 171, [St. Albans], April 25, 1953, pp 737-. Small 8vo. Offprint also contains "Molecular Structure of Deoxypentose Nucleic Acids" by M.H.F. WILKINS, A.R. Stokes, and H.R. Wilson and "Molecular Configuration in Sodium Thymonucleate" by Rosalind E. FRANKLIN and R.G. Gosling. Three papers in one offprint, a single stapled gathering with a final leaf tipped onto the inner margin of [A]6r as issued.
2. CRICK, F.H.C. The Structure of the Hereditary Material. Offprint of: Scientific American, October 1954. 4to. 8 pp.
3. CRICK, F.H.C. Nucleic Acids. Offprint of: Scientific American, September 1957. 4to. 12 pp.
Together, 3 items. Each illustrated with half-tone and line illustrations. Few light handling marks, but overall very fine. Housed together in a folding cloth chemise and full morocco clamshell box.
Provenance: chemical biologist Stephen Neidle[?] A Typed Letter Signed from Maurice WILKINS to Neidle, January 16, 1985 is included with the group.
THE RARER 3-PAPER OFFPRINT ISSUE OF THE FIRST PUBLISHED ACCOUNT OF THE MOLECULAR STRUCTURE OF DNA ALONG WITH TWO FURTHER RARE OFFPRINTS BY CRICK EXPANDING HYPOTHESES OF DNA'S REPLICATION METHOD. Of the primary paper two offprint issues were produced: the first simply reprinted Watson and Crick's paper, and the present second issue reprinted the three key papers that provided a full explanation of the background to the discovery. For the 3-paper offprint issue, the text of the papers was partially reset, printed as a single column on a small octavo page (as opposed to the double-column octavo pages of the journal issue), and re-paginated. The print run would have been small and, although it is difficult to ascertain the exact number of copies printed, this issue is considerably rarer than the journal issue.
The two other scarce offprints both expand on Crick's work to explain how DNA functions as a hereditary agent. The 1954 article includes a model of how DNA might replicate. The 1957 article presents Crick's "Central Dogma" to the effect that proteins are not vectors of information.