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The Science and Philosophy of the Organism. The Gifford Lectures Delivered before the University of Aberdeen in the Year 1907. Volume II is The Gifford Lectures Delivered before the University of Aberdeen in the Year 1908. 2 Volumes. FIRST EDITION. COMPLETE.

DRIESCH, Hans xiii, 329 pp, 1 leaf of publisher's ads; xvi, 381 pp, 1 leaf of publisher's ads. Original cloth. Near Fine. First Edition. "Driesch was invited to deliver the Gifford Lectures in natural theology at the University of Aberdeen in 1907 and 1908. These lectures, first published in 1908 in Driesch's excellent English under the title Science and Philosophy of the Organism [offered here], summarized his experiments and the philosophical conclusions to which they led. Driesch later wrote many philosophical articles and books on organic form and organic wholeness, on the mind-body problem. . ." (Jane Oppenheimer in D.S.B. 4: 188). Quoting from Driesch's Preface to Volume I: "This work is not a text-book of theoretical biology; it is a systematic presentment of those biological topics which bear upon the true philosophy of nature. The book is written in a decidedly subjective manner , and it seems to me that this is just what 'Gifford Lectures' ought to be. They ought never to lose, or even try to lose, their decidedly personal character. My appointment as Gifford Lecturer, the news of which reached me in February 1906, came just at the right moment in the progress of my theoretical studies. I had always tried to improve my previous books by adding notes or altering the arrangement; I also had left a good deal of things unpublished, and thus I often hoped that I might have occasion to arrange for a new, improved, and enlarged edition of those books. This work then is the realisation of my hopes; it is, in its way, a definitive statement of all that I have to say about the Organic. The first volume of this work, containing the lectures for 1907--though the division into 'lectures' has not been preserved--consists of Parts I. and II. of Section A, 'The Chief Results of Analytical Biology.' It gives in Part I. a shortened, revised, and, as I hope, improved account of what was published in my Analytische Theorie der organischen Entwickelung (1894), Die Localisation morphogenetischer Vorgänge; ein Beweis Vitalistischen Geschehens (1899), and Die organischen Regulationen (1901), though for the professed biologist the two last-named books are by no means superseded by the new work. Part II. has never been published in any systematic form before, though there are many remarks on Systematics, Darwinism, etc., in my previous papers. The second volume--to be published in the autumn, after the delivery of the 1908 lectures--will begin with the third and concluding part of the scientific section, which is a very carefully revised and rearranged second edition of my book, Die 'Seele' als elementarer Naturfactor (1903). The greater part of this volume , however , will be devoted to the 'Philosophy of the Organism,' i.e. Section B, which, in my opinion, includes the most important parts of the work." This is a mixed set, that is, coming from two different former owners, although the bindings match very nicely, and there was a collegial association at Yale University between the two owners. Volume I has the ink name stamp of "E. J. Boell/ 577 Skiff St./ New Haven, Conn." on a front flyleaf. Volume II has the ink signature of Lorande Loss Woodruff on the half-title leaf, and his ink name stamp "Lorande Loss Woodruff,/ Biological Laboratory,/ Yale University" on the title page and p. 4. Born 27 years apart, they became colleagues at Yale University. Edgar John Boell "was the Ross Granville Harrison Professor of Experimental Zoology and Biology, was a specialist in experimental embryology, developmental physiology and the physiology of spermatozoa. He joined the Yale faculty in 1938 and was named to the Harrison professorship in 1947. He retired in 1975 with emeritus status" (quoting from the New York Times obituary). Lorande Loss Woodruff was a biologist at Yale University from 1907-1946, so he and Boell were Yale colleagues from 1938-1946. They co-authored two papers published in 1940-1941 on Paramecium calkinsi.
  • $650
The Structure of Proteins: Two Hydrogen-Bonded Helical Configurations of the Polypeptide Chain." With Seven Other Papers by Linus Pauling and Robert B. Corey on Proteins and Polypeptides. Reprinted from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

The Structure of Proteins: Two Hydrogen-Bonded Helical Configurations of the Polypeptide Chain.” With Seven Other Papers by Linus Pauling and Robert B. Corey on Proteins and Polypeptides. Reprinted from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Vol. 37, nos. 4 and 5, April and May 1951, pp. 205-11 and 235-85. LATER VERSION, IN SMALLER FORMAT, WITH WHITE WRAPPERS.

PAULING, Linus; Robert B. COREY; & H. R. BRANSON Pp. 205-11 and 235-85. Original white wrappers. Vertical crease. Very Good. I have included a photo showing the two versions of this offprint, side by side. The original version is the larger format, with brown wrappers. At some later date--I do not know when--a smaller format, with white wrappers, was produced. The difference in size is due to the much smaller margins in the smaller format. The font size is the same in both versions. In both versions, there is an ink correction of the volume number--the printed "71" corrected in ink to 72--on the verso of the front wrapper. I have seen the same smaller format for offprints of other publications by Linus Pauling in P.N.A.S. at this time. The smaller format is definitely NOT the original offprint, but it is also definitely a version originating with Linus Pauling, and not a photocopy produced by an individual for their own use. On the verso of the front wrapper is reprinted Pauling and Corey's paper "Two Hydrogen-Bonded Spiral Configurations of the Polypeptide Chain," J. Amer. Chem. Soc., Vol. 71 [corrected in ink to 72], 1950, p. 5349). The other seven publications in this offprint are: PAULING & COREY, "Atomic Coordinates and Structure Factors for Two Helical Configurations of Polypeptide Chains"; PAULING & COREY, "The Structure of Synthetic Polypeptides"; PAULING & COREY, "The Pleated Sheet, a New layer Configuration of Polypeptide Chains"; PAULING & COREY, "The Structure of Feather Rachis Keratin"; PAULING & COREY, "The Structure of Hair, Muscle, and Related Proteins"; PAULING & COREY: "The Structure of Fibrous Proteins of the Collagen-Gelatin Group"; PAULING & COREY, "The Polypeptide-Chain Configuration in Hemoglobin and Other Globular Proteins." Linus Pauling was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954 "for his research into the nature of the chemical bond and its application to the elucidation of the structure of complex substances."
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The Lichen Book. Handbook of the Lichens of Northeastern United States. Illustrations by the Author. FIRST EDITION

NEARING, G. G. [George Guy] 2 leaves [title page, Preface], 648 pp; illustrations. Original brown cloth. Near Fine. First Edition in book form. In his Preface, Nearing describes the origin of this volume: "Publication of The Lichen Book, begun in 1941, has taken six years to complete. Shortages of war-limited materials and of labor have impeded the work almost from its inception. It was intended to reprint the work for book publication, thus eliminating the numerous errors and blemishes present in the parts as distributed. However a flood in 1945 partly destroyed the cuts and type, making it necessary to bind the original parts with all their defects, and limiting the edition to a few hundred copies. The inconvenient position of the key charts, by which some of the wording is inverted, was necessary because the first few drawn were intended for a somewhat different but impracticable arrangement, and when the first plan had to be altered, were thus adapted to save laborious redrawing. Because the unbound parts have been long in use by private subscribers and in libraries, the merits and defects of The Lichen Book are already known. Its writing was undertaken as a personal service to friends in the Torrey Botanical Club rather than as a professional publication. I wish to thank all those other friends who by subscribing helped to finance the production." There was a reprint edition in 1962.
  • $60
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The Cell in Development and Heredity.

WILSON, Edmund B. xxxvii, 1232 pp; 529 text figures; publisher's ads. Original cloth. Small tears in top & bottom of spine. Crease in blank vertical margin of pp. 25-56. Crease in blank gutter margin up to about p. 120. Signature of former owner Frank Whitehill Hinkel, dated 3/19/1925, on title page. Still a Very Good copy. This copy does NOT have any library markings. Third Edition, First Printing, "revised and enlarged". Garrison-Morton 238 (citing 1st ed., 1896): "Wilson emphasized the function of cytology in the study of embryology, heredity, evolution and general physiology. The above work has been called the single most influential treatise on cytology of the 20th century. The third edition was extensively revised and enlarged as The Cell in Development and Heredity, 1925 [offered here]." Quoting from the Preface to this third edition: "I now offer a third edition, rewritten throughout and much enlarged, with the following comment. The first edition, planned in the early nineties and published in 1896, attempted to outline a new and rapidly growing subject which, in spite of many difficulties of detail, already showed broader bearings of remarkable general interest. Nearly thirty years have since gone by, in the course of which cellular biology has expanded in ever widening circles. Its general interest has grown correspondingly; but so, also, have its technical complexities and difficulties. To attempt a revision of the work at this day strictly along the original lines, and in equally brief form, would therefore have been impracticable, even were it desirable. The year 1900, in which the second edition appeared, is memorable for the rediscovery of Mendel's long forgotten laws of heredity. This event opened a new era in the course of which the whole subject of the cell in relation to heredity and development has been made over. Cytology was from the beginning closely affiliated with anatomy, histology and embryology, and hardly less closely with general physiology and genetics. Since 1900 its coöperation with these subjects, and with cell-physiology, biophysics and biochemistry, has been one of the most striking features in the biological progress of our time; and the study of the cell has thus become so diversified that no single work could possibly cover more than a small portion of it. It is with good reason, therefore, that in recent years extended general treatises on cellular biology have largely gone out of fashion in favor of more circumscribed works dealing with particular aspects of the subject, and thus making possible a more intensive treatment. Since 1900 many admirable works of this type, and some of broader scope, have appeared, and much has thus been gained in the way of thorough and critical analysis; nevertheless I have ventured to think that the need of a work of somewhat more synthetic type has not disappeared. . . . I have desired to hold fast as far as possible to the general plan followed in the original work. Now, as then, I have written frankly from the standpoint of a zoological student of cytology and embryology, without pretence of competence to touch on other fields in more than an incidental way; and, as before, while always holding in view the needs of technical students and teachers of the subject, I have tried not wholly to lose sight of the interests of more general readers. The work has grown to large proportions, but so has the subject; and the latter fact must be my apology for the necessarily scant treatment accorded to many important topics." "The third edition was considered required reading for generations of biologists, and most senior cell biologists can recall the first time they read it. In fact, Wilson is so revered in the field of cell biology that the American Society for Cell Biology awards the E. B. Wilson Medal as its highest honor" (Maienschein, Embryos under the Microscope).
  • $300
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The Cell in Development and Inheritance.

WILSON, Edmund B. xxi, 483 pp; 194 text figures; publisher's ads. Original cloth. Paper label on spine. I do not know if this is a library label, but there are not any library markings inside the book. Top & bottom of spine lightly frayed. Signature of former owner (M. Or W.?) H. Fletcher on front flyleaf. Very Good. Third printing of the Second Edition, "revised and enlarged" (originally published in 1900). Garrison-Morton 238 (citing 1st ed., 1896): "Wilson emphasized the function of cytology in the study of embryology, heredity, evolution and general physiology. The above work has been called the single most influential treatise on cytology of the 20th century. The third edition was extensively revised and enlarged as The Cell in Development and Heredity, 1925." Quoting the Preface to this second edition: "Since the appearance of the first edition of this work, in 1896, the aspect of some of the most important questions with which it deals has materially changed, most notably in case of those that are focussed in the centrosome and involve the phenomena of cell-division and fertilization. This has necessitated a complete revision of the book, many sections having been entirely rewritten, while minor changes have been made on almost every page. In its first form, the work was compressed within limits too narrow for a sufficiently critical treatment of many disputed subjects. It has therefore been considerably enlarged, and upwards of fifty new illustrations have been added. . . . Recent research has yielded many new results of high interest, conspicuous among them the outcome of experiments on cell-division, fertilization, and regeneration; and they have cleared up many special problems. Broadly viewed, however, the recent advance of discovery has not, in the author's opinion, tended to simplify our conceptions of cell-life, but has rather led to an emphasized sense of the diversity and complexity of its problems."
  • $125