COLLECTION - LETTERS AND MANUSCRIPTS Extensive collection of letters and documents by scientists in many disciplines (astronomy, botany, medicine, zoology, geology, geography, palaeontology, ornithology, mathematics, botanical illustration, etc.)
Lot 93
COLLECTION - LETTERS AND MANUSCRIPTS
Extensive collection of letters and documents by scientists in many disciplines (astronomy, botany, medicine, zoology, geology, geography, palaeontology, ornithology, mathematics, botanical illustration, etc.)
Sold for £ 18,750 (US$ 24,433) inc. premium

Lot Details
COLLECTION - LETTERS AND MANUSCRIPTS
Extensive collection of letters and documents by scientists in many disciplines (astronomy, botany, medicine, zoology, geology, geography, palaeontology, ornithology, mathematics, botanical illustration, etc.), a number to Davies Gilbert PRS (some about Bridgewater Treatises commissioned by him), two by Gilbert himself (to Humphry Davy, after the latter's stroke, about the Royal Society, and to his daughter Kathy, announcing that "Tomorrow is my great day...I am to be elected President of the Royal Society"), including letters etc., by Hans Christian Oersted, F.F.W. Herschel (to John Pond, on [Encke's] comet -- "Mr South, Lord Ashley, Dr Wallich and myself saw it in the 20 feet at Slough", 1828), James D. Dana (to Gideon Mantell, on publishing his "very valuable letter containing an account of the remarkable reptiles of the Old Red [i.e. Devonian]", 1852), Charles Waterton (on supplying "Wourali" [curare] for a case of rabies), Ernst Haeckel (on the "Radiolarien der Challenger", i.e. his Report on the Radiolaria collected by H.M.S. Challenger, 1878, slightly smudged), Astley Cooper (prescription for George IV, headed "For His Majesty", including "Extracti Opii" [i.e. laudanum], 28 October 1828, also signed by Benjamin Brodie), William Snow Harris (to Giddy, acknowledging receipt of the Copley Medal in 1835), Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, Antoine Laurent Jussieu (to Nathaniel Wallich of the Botanic Gardens, Calcutta, thanking him for dried specimens, 1830), Count Buffon (referring to Mme Necker), Bernard Germain de Lacépède, Joseph Lalande, James Joule, Charles Wheatstone, J.W. Lubbock (about Royal Society grants to Wheatstone for "experiments to determine the velocity of the electric spark", Brewster for "a heliostat" and Ulrich for "making experiments connected with a contrivance to improve the escapement"), P.M. Roget, William Heberden, William Blizzard, William Beatty (Nelson's surgeon), Baron Bunsen, E.B. Tylor, R.J. Thornton, Lord Kelvin, Mary Somerville, Herbert Spencer, Olinthus Gregory, Asa Gray, Dionysius Lardner, Harriet Martineau, Jane Marcet, W.B. Carpenter, W.G. Armstrong, Alfred Newton, R.W. Fox, Clarke Abel (long letter to W.J. Hooker), John Curtis (of Magazine fame), Francis Baily (on Flamsteed's MSS), G.B. Airy (outlining the method by which he proposes to weigh the mass of the moon, 1829), J.C. Adams, J.F. Encke (on observations of Pallas), James South ("...I am once again in possession of the finest object Glass in existence..."), J.E. Bode, Adam Sedgwick, W.B. Carpenter, Adam von Humboldt, W.J. Hooker, Flinders Petrie, Roderick Murchison, Hugh Miller (on fossil-hunting for boys), Charles Lyell, Louis Agassiz, William Whewell (on the intellect of the deity and kindred matters), Lord Rosse (on his election as FRS, 1832), Edward Sabine, P.L. Sclater, John Sinclair (on a plan for propagating useful information), Ray Lankester, Marianne North, and others; plus a sheet signed by the "British Association Sectional Officers – 1842", and documents and letters by Brouncker and other early Presidents of the Royal Society, in Enys Collection paper folders, guards, minor dust-staining, smudging etc., but overall in good condition

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  • Provenance: From the Enys collection.
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