Essential Genius
Ten Important Manuscripts for Modern Times

1 - 10 Jun 2020

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ISAAC NEWTON ON THE PLAGUE. NEWTON, ISAAC. 1642-1726/7. Autograph Manuscript, being Newton's notes on reading Van Helmont's "De Peste,"

KANT'S COPERNICAN REVOLUTION. KANT, IMMANUEL. 1724-1804. Autograph Quotation Signed ("Immanuel Kant"), from an album amicorum,

A NON-EUCLIDEAN AUTOGRAPH. LOBACHEVSKY, NIKOLAI. 1792-1856. Document Signed ("Lobachevsky"), and accomplished in Manuscript, a letter of designation in his role as Curator of Regional Education in Kazan,

DARWIN AND EVOLUTION. DARWIN, CHARLES. 1809-1882. Autograph Letter Signed ("Ch Darwin") to Alexander Agassiz regarding gradation of structure in pediculariæ, in

WHITMAN'S FINAL PAEAN TO AMERICA. WHITMAN, WALT. 1819-1892. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Walt Whitman"), a draft of the final lines to his final poem "A Thought of Columbus,"

MARK TWAIN'S WISDOM OF THE AGES. CLEMENS, SAMUEL LANGHORNE ("MARK TWAIN"). 1835-1910. Photograph Signed ("Mark Twain") and Inscribed, to his family doctor Edward Quintard, with the witty aphorism, "Admonitions—harvested from the wisdom of the ages: Physician, heal thyself. Patient, heel thyself,"

GÖDEL'S INCOMPLETENESS THEOREMS AND PHILOSOPHY OF MATH. WITTGENSTEIN, LUDWIG. 1889-1951. Autograph Letter Signed ("Ludwig Wittgenstein") to Moritz Schlick discussing Gödel's incompleteness theorems,

A PATRON SAINT FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. EINSTEIN, ALBERT. 1879-1955. Autograph Letter Signed ("A. Einstein"), to "Die 'A.E. Group' in New York" humorously accepting his role as patron saint, and offering a motto for their members,

AT THE DAWN OF QUANTUM CONSCIOUSNESS. PAULI, WOLFGANG. 1900-1958.; BOHM, DAVID. 1917-1992. Typed Letter Signed ("W. Pauli") to physicist David Bohm offering his second and final critique of Bohm's hugely influential 1952 paper,

THE ESSENCE OF RENAISSANCE. PLATO. 427?-347 B.C.E.; BRUNI, LEONARDO ARETINO. 1370-1444. Renaissance Manuscript featuring two Dialogues by Plato, with translation from the Greek and learned discourse by Leonardo Bruni, called Aretino,

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