RR Auction: Fine Autographs and Artifacts featuring Science and Technology

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Boasting nearly 1,000 lots in a variety of genres, RR Auction's June Fine Autographs and Artifacts sale is highlighted by a Science and Technology section that includes a Lunar Module rotational hand controller, letters by Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein, rare early computer hardware, and more. Other top lots include Apollo 14 moonwalker Edgar Mitchell's lunar surface-worn backpack strap, a letter by Joseph Stalin with a hammer-and-sickle sketch, a Beatles-signed promo slick for A Hard Day's Night, hand-drawn plans from Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin studio, and signed letters by luminaries like Davy Crockett, Paul Gauguin, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sigmund Freud, Richard Wagner, and Claude Monet. RR Auction is a globally recognized and trusted auction house specializing in historical autographs and artifacts. Join us as we make history selling history in June 2019.
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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Chester Nimitz201 - Chester Nimitz
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Historic matte-finish 7 x 6 photo of Chester Nimitz signing the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri on September 2, 1945, signed and inscribed
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Estimates : 1,200.00 - 1,400.00
 
 
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Report on de Grasse's French Fleet202 - Report on de Grasse's French Fleet
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Manuscript report in French, four pages on two adjoining sheets, 7 x 9.5, about the French fleet's voyage under Francois Joseph Paul de Grasse a...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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George S. Patton203 - George S. Patton
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ALS signed “George S. Patton, Jr.,” one page both sides, 8 x 10.5, Mounted Service School letterhead, October 13, 1914. Letter home to his mother, in
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Estimates : 4,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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George S. Patton204 - George S. Patton
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Hand-addressed mailing envelope, 9.5 x 4, addressed in Patton's hand to "Mrs. G. S. Patton, Jr., South Hamilton, Mass.," and marked &q...
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Napoleon205 - Napoleon
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Partly-printed DS, in French, signed “Np,” one page, 13.75 x 19.25, January 11, 1813. Impressive document authorizing the ship Le Felix to sail and tr
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Estimates : 3,500.00 - 4,500.00
 
 
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Napoleon206 - Napoleon
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Manuscript DS in French, signed “Np,” one page, 7.75 x 10.75, January 9, 1811. Untranslated military document submitted to Napoleon by Minister of War
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Napoleon207 - Napoleon
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Manuscript DS, in French, signed “Np,” one page both sides, 8.25 x 12, February 13, 1819. On Marshal Bertrand's February 10th report on repairs ...
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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USS Maine208 - USS Maine
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Brilliant limited edition bronze tablet made from metal salvaged from the U.S.S. Maine, a 2nd-class battleship of the US Navy that mysteriously explod
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain209 - Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain
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Maine-born Union major general (1828-1914) who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his defense of Little Round Top at Gettysburg. The Fir
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Enola Gay210 - Enola Gay
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Glossy 10 x 8 cardstock photo of three members of the Hiroshima bombing mission posing below the Enola Gay, each signing in thin black felt tip, “Theo
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Enola Gay and Bockscar211 - Enola Gay and Bockscar
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Group of six checks signed by the Hiroshima/Nagasaki airmen, including: a personal check filled out and signed by Paul W. Tibbets; and five checks for
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Enola Gay: Tibbets and Sweeney212 - Enola Gay: Tibbets and Sweeney
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Glossy 8 x 10 photo of Enola Gay pilot Paul Tibbets and Bockscar pilot Charles Sweeney shaking hands just before Sweeney's flight to Nagasaki, s...
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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William Hamilton213 - William Hamilton
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British ambassador to the Kingdom of Naples, antiquarian, archaeologist, and vulcanologist who studied Mount Vesuvius (1731-1803). ALS signed “Wm. Ham
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Paul von Hindenburg214 - Paul von Hindenburg
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German World War I military hero (1847–1934) and president of Germany from 1925 to 1934. Untranslated ALS in German, signed “Hindenburg,” one page bo
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Iwo Jima: Joe Rosenthal215 - Iwo Jima: Joe Rosenthal
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Very attractive color 12 x 16 print entitled 'So Proudly We Hail,' showing a gorgeous gold-tone image of the Iwo Jima flag raising atop Moun...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Benjamin Lincoln216 - Benjamin Lincoln
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Partly-printed DS, signed “B. Lincoln,” one page, 9 x 5, June 25, 1804. Port of Marblehead document certifying an import of “one Cask of Wine numbered
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Benjamin Lincoln217 - Benjamin Lincoln
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Uncommon partly-printed DS, signed “B. Lincoln,” one page, 7.5 x 9.75, January 30, 1799. As collector of the districts of Boston and Charlestown, Linc
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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George S. Patton219 - George S. Patton
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Early ink signature, "Lt. Col. G. S. Patton, Jr., Tank School,” on an off-white 3.25 x 1.25 slip. In very good to fine condition, with some lig...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Ottavio Piccolomini220 - Ottavio Piccolomini
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Italian nobleman (1599–1656) whose military career included service as a Spanish general and then as a field marshal of the Holy Roman Empire. ALS in
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 2,500.00
 
 
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William Tryon222 - William Tryon
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Colonial governor of the Province of North Carolina and the Province of New York (1729- 1788). Revolutionary War-dated manuscript DS, signed “Rec...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Tuskegee Airmen: Charles McGee223 - Tuskegee Airmen: Charles McGee
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Four glossy photos of famed Tuskegee airman Charles McGee, 8 x 10 and 10 x 8, each signed in thin black felt tip, “Charles E. McGee,” who adds various
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Estimates : 200.00 - 400.00
 
 
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Ernst Udet224 - Ernst Udet
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German flying ace (1896–1941) whose 62 victories during WWI made him the country's second-highest scoring ace, outdone only by Manfred von Richt...
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Estimates : 800.00 - 1,000.00
 
 
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Agiflite Handheld Aerial Camera with Zeiss T* Lenses225 - Agiflite Handheld Aerial Camera with Zeiss T* Lenses
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Agiflite handheld aerial camera for use by the US Navy, comprising a Mk. 2 D body with trigger-style shutter release, two 70mm film magazines, a Carl
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Apple 'Think Different' Poster Set226 - Apple 'Think Different' Poster Set
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Complete ‘Educator Set’ of promotional posters issued for Apple’s iconic ‘Think Different’ campaign from 2000, containing all ten 11 x 17 posters, wit
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Estimates : 1,000.00 - 1,500.00
 
 
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Degem Systems Communications Training Hardware227 - Degem Systems Communications Training Hardware
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Collection of Degem Systems hardware that forms a large radio communications training system, as would be used by a university or industry. There are
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Marie Curie228 - Marie Curie
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Polish-born French physicist (1867–1934), she and her husband Pierre discovered two new elements, polonium and radium; for this work they received the
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Estimates : 5,000.00 - 7,000.00
 
 
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Computer Core Memory Boards Group of (12)229 - Computer Core Memory Boards Group of (12)
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Collection of 12 pieces of vintage computer hardware, including: three Hughes Aircraft core memory modules, marked "1570032-100"; a core m...
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Charles Darwin230 - Charles Darwin
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ALS signed “C. Darwin,” four pages on two adjoining sheets, 4.5 x 7.25, "Thursday 8th" [August 8, 1850]. Letter to Nathaniel Thomas Wether...
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Estimates : 15,000.00 - 20,000.00
 
 
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Charles Darwin231 - Charles Darwin
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ALS signed “Charles Darwin,” one page, 5 x 8, personal Down House letterhead, June 11, [no year]. Letter to Henry Nottidge Moseley, a British naturali
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Estimates : 10,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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Louis de Broglie232 - Louis de Broglie
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French physicist (1892–1987) known for his theory that matter has the properties of both particles and waves, who was awarded the 1929 Nobel Prize in
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Diver Handheld Sonar233 - Diver Handheld Sonar
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Detecting-ranging portable sonar set made by Futuronics Corp. for use by Navy scuba divers, measuring approximately 12? in diameter and 11? tall, with
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Early Computer Board Collection234 - Early Computer Board Collection
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Collection of 23 early computer boards and devices, with manufacturers and types including: Motorola (M68HC11EVB Evaluation Board); Intel (MCS-80 Syst
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Early Computer Boards Group of (44)235 - Early Computer Boards Group of (44)
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Collection of 44 early computer boards with various vintage surface-mounted components, with manufacturers including: Autonetics, Beckman, CDC, ESI, F
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Thomas Edison236 - Thomas Edison
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Sharp original vintage circa 1913 matte-finish 8.5 x 6.5 photograph of Thomas Edison seated at his desk with a "Mr. Wilson," as captioned ...
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Estimates : 500.00 - 700.00
 
 
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Albert Einstein237 - Albert Einstein
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ALS in German, signed “A. Einstein,” one page, 3.5 x 5.5, postcard letterhead, April 1926. Letter to Hans Reichenbach in Stuttgart, Germany, concernin
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Estimates : 20,000.00 - 25,000.00
 
 
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Albert Einstein238 - Albert Einstein
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TLS signed “A. Einstein,” one page, 8.5 x 11, blindstamped Princeton letterhead, July 28, 1951. Two letters to Dr. Alessandro Cortese in New York City
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Estimates : 10,000.00 - 15,000.00
 
 
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Albert Einstein239 - Albert Einstein
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Fantastic hand-painted silhouette portrait of Albert Einstein's distinctive profile, accomplished in ink on an off-white 6.75 x 10 sheet, signed...
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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Albert Einstein240 - Albert Einstein
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TLS in German, signed “A. Einstein,” one page, 8.25 x 10.25, blind-stamped personal letterhead, June 23, 1939. Letter to Edward Barsky of the Medial A
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Estimates : 3,000.00 - 5,000.00
 
 
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Albert Einstein241 - Albert Einstein
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Sought-after fountain pen signature, "Albert Einstein,” on the reverse of an off-white 3.5 x 2 business card for Vic Kostuk's Polish-Americ...
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,500.00
 
 
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Richard Gatling242 - Richard Gatling
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American inventor (1818–1903) best known for his invention of the Gatling gun, considered to be the first successful machine gun; his other inventions
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Asa Gray243 - Asa Gray
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Important American botanist (1810–1888) whose extensive studies of North American flora did more than the work of any other botanist to unify the taxo
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Joseph Dalton Hooker244 - Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Important British botanist and explorer (1817–1911) who was Charles Darwin's closest friend; he served as director of the Royal Botanic Gardens,...
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Hydrolab Environmental Data System Sensor245 - Hydrolab Environmental Data System Sensor
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Hydrolab Environmental Data Systems 8100 Series water quality data transmitter, measuring 31? long and 3.75? in diameter, comprising a clear plastic t
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Interpretation System Field Plotter Analog Computer246 - Interpretation System Field Plotter Analog Computer
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An F-9 field plotter by Interpretation Systems Incorporated, 24 x 14 x 4, with on/off switch, probe input, a block of nine dial knobs, a balance gauge
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Estimates : 300.00 - 500.00
 
 
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Rene Laennec247 - Rene Laennec
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French physician (1781–1826) who invented the stethoscope in 1816 and pioneered its use for diagnosing chest problems. Partly-printed DS, one page, 15
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Estimates : 1,500.00 - 2,000.00
 
 
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Antoine Lavoisier248 - Antoine Lavoisier
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Extremely influential French chemist (1743–1794) noted for his discovery of the role oxygen plays in combustion; he was executed by guillotine during
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Estimates : 600.00 - 800.00
 
 
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Samuel F. B. Morse249 - Samuel F. B. Morse
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American artist and inventor (1791–1872) whose development of the telegraph revolutionized worldwide communication. ALS signed “Sam'l F. B. Mors...
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,500.00
 
 
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Samuel F. B. Morse250 - Samuel F. B. Morse
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American artist and inventor (1791–1872) whose development of the telegraph revolutionized worldwide communication. Fantastic 4.25 x 6.5 cabinet photo
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Estimates : 2,000.00 - 3,000.00
 
 
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Group of (3) Pastoriza Personal Analog Computers from the 1960s251 - Group of (3) Pastoriza Personal Analog Computers from the 1960s
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Group of three circa 1960s personal analog computers in brown carrying cases, manufactured by Pastoriza Electronics in Boston, with each case containi
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Estimates : 400.00 - 600.00
 
 
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Louis Pasteur252 - Louis Pasteur
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Handwritten manuscript in French by Louis Pasteur, unsigned, one page, 7 x 9, May 24, 1858. Notes on the work of Monsieur Rets entitled ‘Present state
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Estimates : 2,500.00 - 3,500.00
 
 
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