RR Auction: Science and Technology Auction

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Featuring over 300 lots, RR Auction is proud to present our December Science & Technology auction. The highlight of the sale is the 1924 Nobel Prize in Physics, awarded to Manne Siegbahn for his discoveries and research in X-ray spectroscopy. Other standout items are an A7L lunar boot created for Neil Armstrong and the Apollo 11 mission; important letters from James Watt, Louis Pasteur, Albert Einstein, and Werner Heisenberg; a Macworld magazine signed by Steve Jobs; a mathematical journal owned and signed by John Nash; a highly desirable autograph of Isaac Newton; and material chronicling the history of early aviation. From physics and chemistry to space exploration and beyond, these incredible items tell the story of our shared heritage of innovation.
ALS - Autograph Letter Signed
ANS - Autograph Note Signed
AQS - Autograph Quotation Signed
AMQS - Autograph Musical Quotation Signed
DS - Document Signed
FDC - First Day Cover
Inscribed - “Personalized”
ISP - Inscribed Signed Photograph
LS - Letter Signed
SP - Signed Photograph
TLS - Typed Letter Signed
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1924 Nobel Prize for Physics Awarded to Manne Siegbahn6001 - 1924 Nobel Prize for Physics Awarded to Manne Siegbahn
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The 1924 Nobel Prize in Physics awarded to Swedish physicist Karl Manne Georg Siegbahn, ‘for his discoveries and research in the field of X-ray spectr
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Estimates : 150,000.00 - 200,000.00
 
 
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Alfred Nobel Autograph Letter Signed6002 - Alfred Nobel Autograph Letter Signed
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Swedish chemist, engineer, inventor, businessman, and philanthropist (1833–1896) known for inventing dynamite and for bequeathing his fortune for the
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Estimates : 10,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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Johann II Bernoulli Autograph Letter Signed6003 - Johann II Bernoulli Autograph Letter Signed
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Youngest of the three sons of Johann Bernoulli, who studied law and mathematics (1710–1790). He succeeded his father as professor of mathematics at th
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,200.00
 
 
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Waves and Electrons Book from Niels Bohr's Personal Library6004 - Waves and Electrons Book from Niels Bohr's Personal Library
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Signed book: Ondes et Electrons [Waves and Electrons] by Pierre Bricout. First edition. Paris: Librairie Armand Colin, 1929. Softcover, 4.5 x 6.75, 21
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Max Born Autograph Manuscript Signed6005 - Max Born Autograph Manuscript Signed
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Handwritten responses by Born to a series of three biographical questions, signed "Max Born," one page, 8.25 x 12.25, no date. On his scie...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Albert Einstein Typed Letter Signed with Annotated Carbon Copy6006 - Albert Einstein Typed Letter Signed with Annotated Carbon Copy
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TLS signed “A. Einstein,” one page, 8.5 x 11, blindstamped Princeton letterhead, January 16, 1954. Letter to Mr. Charles Hapgood, enclosing a carbon c
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Marie Curie Document Signed6007 - Marie Curie Document Signed
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Polish-born French physicist (1867–1934), she and her husband Pierre discovered two new elements, polonium and radium, in 1898. In 1911 she won the No
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Enrico Fermi Typed Letter Signed6008 - Enrico Fermi Typed Letter Signed
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Physicist (1901–1954) who became the first to split the atom and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1938 for his developments in harnessing nu
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Michael Faraday Autograph Letter Signed6009 - Michael Faraday Autograph Letter Signed
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British physicist and chemist (1791–1867) best known for his development of the first dynamo and the discovery of electromagnetic induction. ALS signe
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Leon Foucault Autograph Letter Signed6010 - Leon Foucault Autograph Letter Signed
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French physicist (1819–1868) best known for the invention of the Foucault pendulum, a device demonstrating the effect of the Earth's rotation; h...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Werner Heisenberg Typed Letter Signed6011 - Werner Heisenberg Typed Letter Signed
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TLS in German, signed “Heisenberg,” one page, 8.25 x 5.75, Max Planck Institute letterhead, January 22, 1951. Letter to Henri Corbiere, in full (trans
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Werner Heisenberg Typed Letter Signed with Hand-Drawn Diagrams6012 - Werner Heisenberg Typed Letter Signed with Hand-Drawn Diagrams
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TLS in German, five pages, 8.25 x 11.75, Max Planck Institute for Physics letterhead, January 5, 1948. Significant letter to Professor Samuel A. Gouds
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Werner Heisenberg Typed Letter Signed6013 - Werner Heisenberg Typed Letter Signed
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TLS in German, signed “W. Heisenberg,” one page, 8.25 x 11.75, Max Planck Institute letterhead, January 7, 1964. Letter to Dr. Hans Dichgans, in full
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Werner Heisenberg Typed Letter Signed6014 - Werner Heisenberg Typed Letter Signed
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German theoretical physicist (1901-1976) awarded the 1932 Nobel Prize in physics for the creation of quantum mechanics. TLS in German, one page, 8.25
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Alfred Kastler Autograph Manuscript Signed6015 - Alfred Kastler Autograph Manuscript Signed
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French physicist (1902–1984) who was awarded the 1966 Nobel Prize for Physics for 'the discovery and development of optical methods for studying...
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Pierre-Simon Laplace Autograph Letter Signed6016 - Pierre-Simon Laplace Autograph Letter Signed
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Important French scholar whose work was important to the development of mathematics, statistics, physics, and astronomy (1749–1827). Sought-after ALS
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Robert A. Millikan Typed Letter Signed6017 - Robert A. Millikan Typed Letter Signed
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Nobel Prize-winning physicist (1868–1953) who was the first to isolate the electron and measure its charge. TLS signed “Robert A. Millikan,” one page,
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John Nash Signed American Mathematical Society Journal6018 - John Nash Signed American Mathematical Society Journal
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American mathematician (1928–2015) who made fundamental contributions to game theory, differential geometry, and the study of partial differential equ
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Isaac Newton Document Signed6019 - Isaac Newton Document Signed
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English physicist, mathematician, and astronomer (1643–1727), widely regarded as the most influential figure in the history of science, whose ideas an
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Estimates : 10,000.00 - 12,000.00
 
 
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Robert Oppenheimer Typed Letter Signed6020 - Robert Oppenheimer Typed Letter Signed
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Brilliant American physicist (1904-1967) who directed the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and who spearheaded the Manhattan Project, leading
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Robert Oppenheimer Typed Letter Signed6021 - Robert Oppenheimer Typed Letter Signed
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Brilliant American physicist (1904-1967) who directed the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and who spearheaded the Manhattan Project, leading
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Max Planck Autograph Letter Signed6022 - Max Planck Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in German, signed “Planck,” four pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7, September 23, 1925. Significant letter to physicist Wilhelm Wien, about t
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Estimates : 8,000.00 - 10,000.00
 
 
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Max Planck Autograph Letter Signed6023 - Max Planck Autograph Letter Signed
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Nobel Prize-winning German physicist (1858-1947) who pioneered the understanding of quantum theory; his Planck's constant is ubiquitous in the r...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Max Planck Autograph Letter Signed6024 - Max Planck Autograph Letter Signed
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Nobel Prize-winning German physicist (1858-1947) who pioneered the understanding of quantum theory; his Planck's constant is ubiquitous in the r...
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Wilhelm Rontgen Hand-Addressed Envelope6025 - Wilhelm Rontgen Hand-Addressed Envelope
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Distinguished German physicist (1845–1923) who discovered X-rays in 1895, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1901. Hand-addressed envelope fr
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Erwin Schrodinger, John von Neumann, and Physicists Archive of (10) Letters6026 - Erwin Schrodinger, John von Neumann, and Physicists Archive of (10) Letters
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Marvelous correspondence archive of physicist Marcus Campbell Goodall, containing ten letters addressed to him by six illustrious researchers from the
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 4,000.00
 
 
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John von Neumann Typed Letter Signed6027 - John von Neumann Typed Letter Signed
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Mathematician (1903–1957) who made contributions to nearly every technical field and made major strides in game theory, nuclear physics, and computer
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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Hideki Yukawa Autograph Manuscript Signed6028 - Hideki Yukawa Autograph Manuscript Signed
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Japanese theoretical physicist (1907–1981) who became the first Japanese Nobel laureate with the receipt of the 1949 Nobel Prize in Physics 'for...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Marie François Xavier Bichat Document Signed6029 - Marie François Xavier Bichat Document Signed
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French anatomist and pathologist (1771–1802) known as the father of histology, who is respected as one of the greatest scientists in the area of medic
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Jean-Nicolas Corvisart Autograph Letter Signed6030 - Jean-Nicolas Corvisart Autograph Letter Signed
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French physician (1755–1821) who gained a reputation as an expert in cardiology and was Napoleon’s personal physician. Untranslated ALS in French, sig
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Alexander Fleming Autograph Manuscript Signed6031 - Alexander Fleming Autograph Manuscript Signed
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Scottish bacteriologist (1881–1955) who shared the 1945 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his role in the discovery and isolation of penicillin. Handwritten
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Sigmund Freud Signature6032 - Sigmund Freud Signature
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Remarkably early bold ink ownership signature, "Sig. Freud, stud. med., 1875,” on an off-white 3.75 x 5.75 page removed from one of his books. ...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Joseph Guillotin Document Signed6033 - Joseph Guillotin Document Signed
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Manuscript DS in Latin, signed “Guillotin,” twelve total pages, 7 x 9.5, March 8, 1788. Lengthy document compiling a large list of names and qualifica
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Edward Jenner Autograph Letter Signed6034 - Edward Jenner Autograph Letter Signed
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English physician and scientist (1749–1823) often called the ‘father of immunology,’ who successfully tested his smallpox inoculation in 1796. Partial
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William W. Keen Autograph Letter Signed6035 - William W. Keen Autograph Letter Signed
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The first brain surgeon in the United States (1837–1932) who went on to closely tend to six presidents: he removed cancer from President Cleveland’s m
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Joseph Lister Autograph Letter Signed6036 - Joseph Lister Autograph Letter Signed
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British surgeon (1827–1912) who innovated the practice of sterile surgery, one of the most important medical advances of the day. ALS in French, signe
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Joseph Lister Group of (7) Autograph Letters Signed6037 - Joseph Lister Group of (7) Autograph Letters Signed
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Impressive set of seven ALSs from the founder of antiseptic surgery, each signed “Lister” or "Joseph Lister,” totaling 30 pages, each 4.5 x 7 P...
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,500.00
 
 
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Elie Metchnikoff Autograph Letter Signed6038 - Elie Metchnikoff Autograph Letter Signed
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Russian biologist and zoologist (1845–1916) best known for his pioneering research into the immune system for which he was awarded the 1908 Nobel Priz
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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William Osler Autograph Letter Signed6039 - William Osler Autograph Letter Signed
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Canadian-born physician and researcher (1849–1919) who was a founding professor of Johns Hopkins Hospital. ALS signed “Wm. Osler,” one page, 4.5 x 7,
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Georgios Papanikolaou Autograph Letter Signed6040 - Georgios Papanikolaou Autograph Letter Signed
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Greek pioneer in cytopathology and early cancer detection (1883–1962) best known for developing the 'Pap smear.' ALS signed “George,” one pa...
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Louis Pasteur Autograph Letter Signed6041 - Louis Pasteur Autograph Letter Signed
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Superb ALS in French, signed “L. Pasteur,” one page both sides, 5 x 8, June 25, 1863. Letter to Monsieur Terrel des Chines, in full (translated): “I h
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Estimates : 3,500.00 - 4,500.00
 
 
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Louis Pasteur Autograph Letter Signed6042 - Louis Pasteur Autograph Letter Signed
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ALS in French, signed “L. Pasteur,” one page, 5.25 x 8, Ecole Normale Superieure letterhead, January 1, 1858. Letter to Monsieur Nickles, professor at
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Louis Pasteur Autograph Manuscript Signed6043 - Louis Pasteur Autograph Manuscript Signed
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AMS in French, signed "L. Pasteur," one page, 5.25 x 8.25, March 1867. A page of notes headed "Notes on the Cell Structure of the Sil...
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Estimates : 8,000.00 - 10,000.00
 
 
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Louis Pasteur Letter Signed6044 - Louis Pasteur Letter Signed
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LS in French, signed “L. Pasteur,” one page, 5.25 x 8, no date but likely circa 1885–1886. Letter to Dr. George Henslow at St. Bartholomew's Hos...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Louis Pasteur Autograph Notes Signed6045 - Louis Pasteur Autograph Notes Signed
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Autograph notes in French, signed three times, twice "L. Pasteur" and once "L. P.," penned in the margins of a letter written to...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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Ivan Pavlov Autograph Letter Signed6046 - Ivan Pavlov Autograph Letter Signed
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Russian physiologist (1849–1936) best known for his investigation of conditioned reflex through the use of experiments involving salivating dogs. He w
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 7,000.00
 
 
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Jan Evangelista Purkyne Autograph Letter Signed6047 - Jan Evangelista Purkyne Autograph Letter Signed
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Czech anatomist and physiologist (1787–1869) who was one of the most well-known scientists of his time. ALS in German, signed "Purkyne," o...
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Charles Darwin Signature6048 - Charles Darwin Signature
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Extremely desirable ink signature, "Charles Darwin, from your well-wisher, April 15, 1882,” on an off-white 5 x 2.75 slip. In fine condition, w...
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 6,000.00
 
 
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Jean-Baptiste Lamarck Autograph Letter Signed6049 - Jean-Baptiste Lamarck Autograph Letter Signed
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French naturalist and biologist (1744–1829) known as an early proponent of the concept of evolution and his mistaken theory of the inheritance of acqu
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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William Herschel Autograph Letter Signed6050 - William Herschel Autograph Letter Signed
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German-British astronomer, composer and brother (1738–1822) of fellow astronomer Caroline Herschel; he discovered Uranus on March 13, 1781, pioneered
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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