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SCIENCE AUTOGRAPHS LETTERS and Signed Documents.

This category includes letters, signed photographs and other documents signed by persons noted in the field of science.  It includes natural sciences, such as chemistry and physics and social sciences, such as economics, archaeology and psychology but eminent doctors and surgeons are more likely to be found in our "Medicine" category. Science autographs form a wide category and include some of the most sought after of all autographs and a fruitful field for collectors.  Scroll down for a selection from Owen & Barlow's stock of science autographs.

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THOMAS CHALMERS (1780-1847) Autograph Letter Signed
THOMAS CHALMERS (1780-1847) Autograph Letter Signed

THOMAS CHALMERS Autograph Letter Signed. British (Scottish) political economist, mathematician, historian, moral philosopher and leader of the Free Church of Scotland.   ALS. 1p. [no place]. January 28th 1834. to "Dear Sir".   "May I beg from you, for the use of this day, by the bearer, Maitland's History of Edinburgh, which I shall return so shortly."   Written in a very small, neat, formal hand on a small paper piece measuring approx 3.25 x 2.25 inches, laid down on paper. With age toning and discolouration and with mounting traces to verso but in otherwise acceptable condition.   Dr.Thomas Chalmers is perhaps.....

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MARIE CURIE (1867-1934) Autograph Letter Signed
MARIE CURIE (1867-1934) Autograph Letter Signed

MARIE CURIE Autograph LETTER Signed. Polish born French physicist and chemist. The first female winner of the Nobel Prize and the only women to have won the prize in two disciplines.  Pioneering scientist in the field of radioactivity, a term that she coined.   ALS on correspondence card, together with original envelope.  2pp.  No place, no date [but envelope is postmarked Montparnasse, Paris, 1904].  To Lady Head, inviting her to visit the Curies at their laboratory.   In French.  Trans: "Madame, We would have great pleasure in seeing you again but we do not have a moment free this week. If.....

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CHARLES DARWIN (1809-1882) Autograph Presentation Signature
CHARLES DARWIN (1809-1882) Autograph Presentation Signature

CHARLES DARWIN Autograph Presentation Signature. British naturalist, best known for his theory of evolution. Autograph presentation signature "Charles Darwin" together with the date "July 5th 1870" on his Down, Beckenham, Kent headed notepaper.  12mo.  Approx 5.5 x 3.75 inches (14 x 9.5 cms).  Old folds and creases, slight browning and with mounting traces to verso.  In very good condition. A nice example of Darwin's signature.  This is not a signature cut from a letter or document but was specifically inscribed on a blank sheet of Darwin's notepaper for the daughter of James Copland of the Royal Society.  It is signed in his full name in.....

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ERASMUS DARWIN (1731-1802) Autograph Signature
ERASMUS DARWIN (1731-1802) Autograph Signature

ERASMUS DARWIN Autograph Signature. British (English) physician, scientist, inventor and poet. One of the key figures of the Midlands Enlightenment. Grandfather of Charles Darwin and Francis Galton.   Autograph signature (initials) and three lines in his hand. September 30th 1784.   "Please to weigh the oats . . . [?] with money. For Mrs Cheney. Sept 30th - 84".  With provenance written on the verso by the original collector "Dr Erasmus Darwin - Grandfather of Charles Darwin - given to me by his granddaughter's friend - Mrs Cowan."   On paper piece measuring approx 7.5 x 2 inches. Chip to.....

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WARREN DE LA RUE (1815-1889) Autograph Letter Signed
WARREN DE LA RUE (1815-1889) Autograph Letter Signed

WARREN DE LA RUE autograph letter Signed.  British chemist and astronomer. Best known for his pioneering work in astronomical photography.  His detailed photographs of the Moon are amongst the first ever taken. ALS.  2pp.  The Observatory, Cranford, Middlesex. June 5th 1864.  To Walter White [Assistant secretary and librarian to the Royal Society]. "Many thanks for speaking with Mr M. Callum [?] and arranging for his pictures, I have directed a card to him.  I shall be obliged by your engaging Mr Charlton to collect and fit up - carpenter will be found by Willis.  Perhaps Mr Charlton would call upon.....

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EDWARD DOUBLEDAY (1811-1849) & HENRY DOUBLEDAY (1808-1875) Autograph Signatures & Autograph Letter Signed
EDWARD DOUBLEDAY (1811-1849) & HENRY DOUBLEDAY (1808-1875) Autograph Signatures & Autograph Letter Signed

EDWARD DOUBLEDAY & HENRY DOUBLEDAY autograph Signatures and Autograph letter Signed. British entomologists.   ALS of Henry Doubleday enclosing two clipped signatures of his deceased brother, Edward Doubleday.  1p plus integral blank leaf. Epping. October 9th 1850. To Wm P. Hammond, Jun.   "A letter has been forwarded to me by the British Museum addressed to my late brother and requesting his autograph.  With this I enclose two cut from letters written to me just before his illness - he was first seriously afflicted in July 1849 and after five months of dreadful suffering expired on the 14th of last.....

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THOMAS ALVA EDISON (1847-1931) Autograph Signature
THOMAS ALVA EDISON (1847-1931) Autograph Signature

THOMAS ALVA EDISON Autograph Signature. American inventor.   Autograph presentation signature on white card. A fine example of the "umbrella" style signature of Edison.   Card measures approx. 3 x 2.25 inches.  Mounting residue to verso, else fine...

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WILLIAM FAIRBAIRN (1789-1874) Autograph Letter Signed
WILLIAM FAIRBAIRN (1789-1874) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR WILLIAM FAIRBAIRN Autograph Letter Signed. British (Scottish) structural and civil engineer. ALS. 1p.  Manchester. February 1st, 1864.  To Professor [George Gabriel] Stokes.   "Herewith you will receive a rather voluminous extract from the paper on the effects of vibration stress (?) on iron beams.  If it is too long Dr Humphrey (?) will have the goodness to curtail it.  I shall endeavour to be in town on Thursday next and remain yours faithfully, W. Fairbairn."   8vo. 18.5 x 12 cms (7.5 x 5 inches). Possibly lacking the blank leaf of a bifolium but there is no evidence that such.....

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GBP165.00
MICHAEL FARADAY (1791-1867) Autograph Letter Signed
MICHAEL FARADAY (1791-1867) Autograph Letter Signed

MICHAEL FARADAY autograph Letter Signed. Together with a steel engraved portrait. English physicist and chemist who made important contributions to science of electromagnetism and electrolysis. Discoverer of Benzine and the inventor of an early form of the Bunsen burner. ALS.  1p.  R[oyal] Institution.  April 5th 1833.  To the Egyptologist T[homas] J[oseph] Pettigrew. "My dear Sir, I am very much indebted to you for your kind invitation. But I fear I shall not be able to be with you.  If I can escape from the Institution on Saturday it must be to witness some experiments on the traction of boats on canals......

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PHILIP HENRY GOSSE (1810-1888) Autograph Letter Signed
PHILIP HENRY GOSSE (1810-1888) Autograph Letter Signed

PHILIP HENRY GOSSE Autograph Letter Signed. British naturalist, marine biologist and inventor of the sea-water aquarium. Father of the writer, Edmund Gosse, whose best known work, 'Father and Son', tells of their tempestuous relationship.   ALS. 1p. 58 Huntingdon Street, Islington. May 7th 1856. To H[enry] G[ardiner] Adams.   "I beg to acknowledge with thanks, your politeness in sending me a copy of your "Humming Birds" as also of your article from the Church of England Q[uarterl]y Review."   8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Pinholes at top left corner. Previously tipped into an album and with fragment of the.....

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GBP200.00
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