WATSON (JAMES D.) and FRANCIS H.C. CRICK Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids [offprint from: Nature, vol. 171, p.737-750, 25 April 1953], first edition, Fisher, Knight & Co. [for Macmillan], 1953

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WATSON (JAMES D.) and FRANCIS H.C. CRICK
Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids [offprint from: Nature, vol. 171, p.737-750, 25 April 1953], first edition, Fisher, Knight & Co. [for Macmillan], 1953

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WATSON (JAMES D.) and FRANCIS H.C. CRICK
Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids [offprint from: Nature, vol. 171, p.737-750, 25 April 1953], first edition, one stapled gathering with a final leaf tipped onto the inner margin of [A]6v as issued, 2 half-tone and 2 line illustrations, very light toning, 2 tiny nicks at fore-edge [Garrison-Morton 752.1; Grolier Medicine 99], 8vo, Fisher, Knight & Co. [for Macmillan], 1953

Footnotes

  • THE RARER 3-PAPER OFFPRINT issue of the first published account of the molecular structure of DNA. 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: Watson and Crick 'A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid'; M.H.F. Wilkins, A.R. Stokes and H.R. Wilson 'Molecular Structure of Deoxypentose Nucleic Acids'; Rosalind E. Franklin and R.G. Gosling 'Molecular Configuration in Sodium Thymonucleate'.

    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 repaginated [1]-[14]. 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.
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