Science and Exploration

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British naturalist and biologist. Wallace's work on evolution that encouraged Darwin to put his theory's in print first. ALS, September 29, 1886, 1 1/3 pages front and back of a single sheet. Wallace makes arrangements to stay with a friend after a lecture at Buckhurst Hill. He signs the letter in full "Alfred R. Wallace".

$350.00
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Bishop Brooks may not answer Godís call
Episcopal Bishop (1835-1893)

Autograph letter signed, November 28, 1877, Boston, one page. Brooks politely declines a request for an article. This would seem like a routine response until it is placed in the context of the latest technology – the telephone.

Bishop Brooks writes “I would gladly help your Fair through the “Telephone” if I could—but I am sorry to say that such an article as you desire is quite out of my habits &, I am sure, out of my power. I could send you nothing but a Sermon—so you must excuse me & believe in my sincere good-will.”

The letter is addressed to Edw. S. Garlster (or Garleston), with no address. Less than two years prior to this letter, Alexander Graham Bell, in February 1876, patented his new invention. It is tempting to think that one of the nation’s most prominent religious figures was asked to comment about this new invention. Drawing a line between his role as religious leader and someone who might comment on the secular implications of modern technology he charmingly sidesteps the issue by saying he merely can only write a sermon.

The letter is missing a quarter-size bite at the top. Brooks has crossed out the address of his hotel and added 17[_ Mar] borough St. The date Nov. 28 has been crossed out and “Dec. 18” written above. It is possible he wrote the letter in November, put it aside and then re-discovered it two weeks later when he moved into his residence at Marlborough St in Boston. Except for the loss of paper as noted, the letter is in excellent condition and is a nice early reference to the telephone, which had not yet been made commercially viable. The letter is worthy of further research.

Brooks has often been referred to as “the greatest preacher of the 19th Century.” He was a prominent figure during the second half of the 19th Century. Educated at Harvard, he served in major churches in both Philadelphia and Boston. At the end of his life he became a Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Boston. He is perhaps best remembered today as the author of the favorite Christmas Hymn “O Little Town of Bethlehem.” He has a minor connection to Abraham Lincoln as the minister who delivered the sermon when Lincoln’s body reposed at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. [#2398]

$250.00
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Thomas Edison - signed document. Edison signs the minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Edison Storage Battery Company as one of the stockholders. There are also some legal documents related to the calling of the meeting and a blank proxy sheet.

$950.00
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British researcher on human sexuality

Havelock Ellis British physician and author best known for his work on the study of human sexuality. He is credited with writing the first English language medical study on homosexuality. His work and relationship with Margaret Sanger influenced her own work on sexuality and birth control. Two page ALS on a single sheet, [n.d.] Hayward’s Heath, Sussex. Signed with his first name only. Francoise mentioned in the letter was his companion after his wife Edith died in 1916. They moved to a home in Wivelsfield Green sometime after 1918. [#4797]

$150.00
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Wilfred Grenfell, medical missionary and author noted for his work in Labrador. Two items: signed booklet Labrodor and North Newfoundland published by the international Grenfell Society and signed on the cover. Also a few pages removed from his book A Labrador Doctor including a blank flyleaf page signed and dated from Labrador April 1921. [#4882]

$50.00
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British archaeologist who excavated Ninevah, political official and author. ANS in 3rd person, April 1854 stating that he has not received a letter. The note has been pasted at the corners to a heaver paper stock. [#4666]

$200.00
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Considered the "first female" American astronomer she discovered a comet, later named for her, in 1847. This is a closely clipped signature, probably from an album page. [#4188]

$100.00
 
Spencer, Herbert

Herbert Spencer social philosopher and author on social evolution. ALS, 4 pages from London to John Fiske in 1876. Spencer discusses reports of Fiske's research on Aryran people's which are reflected in Fiske's books Outline of Cosmic Philosophy and The Destiny of Men. A very desirable association between two leading thinkers and authors on evolution and the implications on social behavior.

$400.00
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Canadian explorer of the Arctic

Wilhjamlur Stefansson, Canadian arctic explorer. Signed slip dated 5/11/30. [#4888]

$40.00