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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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SIR FREDERICK ABEL (1827-1902) Autograph Letter Signed
SIR FREDERICK ABEL (1827-1902) Autograph Letter Signed

SIR FREDERICK ABEL autograph Letter Signed. British (English) chemist. The inventor of Cordite.   ALS. 2pp and integral blank leaf. Imperial Institute, London, S.W. April 7th 1894. To William Woodall. Together with a fine contemporary portrait photograph.   "Can you help me with a contribution of ...[?] to our Loan-Collection, and with the suggestion of names of people to whom I might apply, with chances of success? Of course, these would be greatly enhanced if you would kindly yourself ask friends".   8vo. Approx 7 x 4.5 inches. Mounting traces to verso of integral blank leaf, else fine. The portrait.....

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GBP165.00
LOUIS AGASSIZ (1807-1873) Autograph Presentation Inscription to Sir Charles Lyell
LOUIS AGASSIZ (1807-1873) Autograph Presentation Inscription to Sir Charles Lyell

LOUIS AGASSIZ autograph Presentation Inscription to Sir Charles Lyell. Jean Louis Rodolphe Agassiz. Swiss born biologist and geologist.  Autograph presentation, signed. To the eminent geologist Sir Charles Lyell. "Sir Charles Lyell from his friend L. Agassiz." On paper piece measuring approx. 3 x 1.75 inches (7.5 x 4.75 cms).  The presentation is probably cut from the fly-leaf of a book or scientific paper. Slight mounting traces to verso, else in fine condition. A nice association piece between two towering figures of 19th century science. Provenance: From the 19th century album compiled by the family of Dr James Copland FRS (1791-1870),.....

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CHARLES BABBAGE (1791-1871) Autograph Letter Signed
CHARLES BABBAGE (1791-1871) Autograph Letter Signed

CHARLES BABBAGE autograph Letter Signed.British mathematician and inventor of the Difference Engine and the Analytical Engine. Credited as "the father of the computer".   ALS. 1p plus integral blank leaf. Dorset St., Manchester Sq. 10th February, 1855. To "My dear Mrs Robinson".   "I shall have much pleasure in dining with you and Dr. Skey [?] on Thursday the 22nd and hope also to pay my respects to you on Monday evening. Ever truly yours, C. Babbage".   16mo.  Approx 4.5 x 3.25 inches (11.5 x 7.75 cms).  Mounting residue to verso of integral blank leaf. VG...

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GBP345.00
CHARLES BABBAGE (1791-1871) Autograph Letter Signed
CHARLES BABBAGE (1791-1871) Autograph Letter Signed

CHARLES BABBAGE autograph Letter Signed. British mathematician and inventor of the Difference Engine and the Analytical Engine. Credited as "the father of the computer".   ALS. 1p plus integral blank leaf. Dorset St., Manchester Sq. 14th February, 1859. To "My dear Mrs Robinson".   "Many thanks for your kind invitation Saturday next - I will gladly accept it.  In great haste. Ever truly yours, C. Babbage".   16mo.  Approx 4.5 x 3.5 inches.  Mounting residue to verso of integral blank leaf. VG.   Provenance: From the 19th century album of Emma Marshall of Penwortham Kodge, Preston. Emma was the daughter.....

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THOMAS BELL (1792-1880) Autograph Letter Signed
THOMAS BELL (1792-1880) Autograph Letter Signed

THOMAS BELL autograph letter Signed. British (English) zoologist.  ALS.  3pp.  The Walks, Selborne.  December 2nd [year 1867 added in another hand].  To "Dear Mr White". "I should have written before this to thank you for your kindness in sending me your spirited and thoroughly material song [?]  - but I hoped to be able to reach the Royal Society on the 30th which unexpected business prevents me from doing.  Accept now my best thanks and with Mrs Bell's kind remembrances. Believe me always, yours sincerely, Thomas Bell.  Why is it better to marry a widow than a young lady?" 12mo bifolium.  Approx 5.25.....

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GBP125.00
THOMAS BRASSEY (1805-1870) Autograph Letter Signed
THOMAS BRASSEY (1805-1870) Autograph Letter Signed

THOMAS BRASSEY autograph letter Signed.British (English) engineer. Builder of railways.ALS. 2pp.  Royal Victoria Hotel, St Leonards. Januuary 2nd 1867. To John Tolmé."Will you kindly place the enclosed in envelopes. Direct them as intended enclosing the photographs.  I am not sure that that I am right in the initials, will you enquire at no.9 if you have any doubt and correct my notes if in error."8vo bifolium.  Approx 7 x 4.5 inches (18 x 11.5 cms).  Mounting residue to verso of integral blank leaf.  Else near fine.Thomas Brassey was the greatest builder of railways in the 19th century and, arguably, of.....

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GBP125.00
JOHN BRINKLEY (1763-1835) Autograph Letter Signed
JOHN BRINKLEY (1763-1835) Autograph Letter Signed

JOHN BRINKLEY Autograph Letter Signed. British astronomer.   ALS. 1p. Bangor. 13th May, 1833. To Professor Rigand.   "I shall have much pleasure in reading the sheets of your work if you have an opportunity of sending them to me at Cloyne. Before I left Bath I committed to the care of Mr Duncan your interesting manuscript on Sterling. It was directed to you and Mr D promised to have it conveyed safely. I am returning to Ireland much improved, thank God, in my health and trust I shall be well able to meet all the unpleasant things that are likely.....

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GBP95.00
CYRIL BURT (1883-1971) A small archive of autograph letters and signed papers
CYRIL BURT (1883-1971) A small archive of autograph letters and signed papers

CYRIL BURT A small archive of autograph letters and signed papers Sir Cyril Lodowic Burt. Pioneering educational psychologist. The first psychologist to be knighted.  A small archive comprising 14 ALsS, 1 TLS, 2 ANsS on postcards, 3 copy letters of his correspondent under reply, 1 ALS of his sister, Dr Marion Burt, newspaper cutting, 3 scientific papers (two of which are signed and inscribed and one a writer’s complimentary copy).  Cyril Burt’s letters comprise 37pp in total and are dated variously between 31st August 1954 and 19th July 1971. 4tos and 8vos on headed paper of Department of Psychology, University.....

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GBP650.00
CYRIL BURT (1883-1971) Autograph Letter Signed
CYRIL BURT (1883-1971) Autograph Letter Signed

CYRIL BURT Autograph Letter Signed TOGETHER WITH 7 ALsS of his sister DR MARION BURT documenting their trip to Canada in 1924 as part of the delegation of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, TOGETHER WITH a wallet of original PHOTOGRAPHS of the trip.   Sir Cyril Lodowic Burt. Pioneering educational psychologist. The first psychologist to be knighted.   A fine early ALS from Cyril Burt to his father. 4pp. August 16th [1924]. The Hotel, Royal Muskoka, Muskoka Lakes, Ontario.   "My Dear Father, Thank you very much for your letter. We had a wonderful trip to Niagara......

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GBP375.00
ARTHUR CAYLEY (1821-1895) Autograph Letter Signed
ARTHUR CAYLEY (1821-1895) Autograph Letter Signed

ARTHUR CAYLEY autograph letter Signed. British mathematician. One of the founders of the modern science of pure mathematics. ALS.  1p. 2 stone Buildings WC. 31st January 1863.  To W[alter] White, Assistant Secretary to the Royal Society. "At Mr Russell's request, I write to beg that his certificate for election as a fellow may be put up again next year. I remain, dear Sir, yours sincerely, A. Cayley." 8vo.  Approx 7.25 x 4.5 inches (18.5 x 11.5 cms).  Blank leaf of bifolium excised to a stub which has previously been used for mounting.  Mounting traces to verso, else near fine. Arthur.....

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GBP325.00
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