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Autographs and Historical Documents

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Lot 92
  Faraday, Michael (1791-1867)., English chemist and physicist, laid the groundwork for the electric motor and all subsequent electro-technology.

ALS, 1p, 4½" x 7", London, 1857 February 7. Headed Royal Institution to a publisher with publication instructions, signed "M Faraday". Minor insignificant diagonal fold, Fine.
Estimate 750 - 1,000
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Lot 93
  Fleming, Alexander (1881-1955)., Scottish bacteriologist, discovered penicillin (1928), Nobel Prize for Medicine (1945).

ALS, 5¼" x 7", 2½pp., Toronto, 1945 July 7. On hotel letterhead to Ethel, written in a light tone relating events on his whirlwind tour of the U.S. and Canada after winning the Nobel Prize. Signed "Alec. Fleming" on inside of second leaf. Partly erased red pencil notations on front, slight ink smears on verso, Fine.
Estimate 750 - 1,000
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Lot 94
  Freud, Sigmund (1856-1939)., Austrian psychiatrist and psychologist, founder of psychoanalysis.

ALS in German with English translation, 5" x 8", Vienna, 1929 Jan 22. Writes to Mrs. Emilie Mayer of Cernautr. Romania, in full"Dear Madam, As interesting as your promised information may be, I cannot ask you to come and visit me. I am forced by age and illness to restrict my activities in seeing people and also have to minimize my work. Would it satisfy you to look up my pupil and friend, Dr. S. Ferenczi in Budapest? Very truly yours, Freud". Fine, double-matted with a photo of Freud and the original mailing envelope (addressed in his hand), framed to an overall 24½" x 14½".
Estimate 3,000 - 4,000
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Lot 95
  Lister, Joseph (1827-1912)., English surgeon and medical scientist, developed techniques of antiseptic medicine.

ALS on mourning stationery, 4" x 6", 1p., Portland Place, 1897 Mar 15. To one Dr. Woodward thanking him for his "testimony in favour of Dr. Gregory." Signed "Lister". Mounting adherences on verso do not show through. Fine.
Estimate 500 - 750
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Lot 96
  Newton, Sir Isaac (1642-1727)., English mathematician, physicist and natural philosopher, formulated laws of gravity and motion, established the study of optics and built the first reflecting telescope.

ES, 8¾" x 12½", [London], 1718 Dec 24. Partly printed document, an order from the English Parliament to repay "Sir Isaac Newton Knt., Hopton Haynes Esqr. & others in trust" the sum of £200 lent to His Majesty's Exchequer in May of the same year. On verso Newton and Haynes have added their signatures below an endorsement transferring the £200 and interest thereon to one Francis Hall Esqr. Laminated to silk on the face with several small missing portions replaced, not significantly affecting the text, overall fresh and attractive with Newton's signature clear and bold, Very Good. Matted and framed in a 13" x 17" frame which is open on both sides for viewing and has been hinged onto the front of a matching 31" x 28" frame next to a black and white portrait of Newton and a steel-engraved biographical plaque. A beautiful display and a wonderful example of an important historical figure.
Estimate 10,000 - 15,000
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Lot 97
  Watt, James (1736-1819)., Scottish Engineer and Inventor, pioneer in development of the steam engine, namesake of the electrical power unit, the watt.

ALS, 1p, 4½" x 7", Glasgow, Oct 25 (no year), letter introducing French mathematician and physicist, Jean-Baptiste Biot (1774-1862) to an unknown colleague. Light overall cleaning not affecting signature, Very Good, Watt ALSs are quite scarce.
Estimate 1,000 - 1,500

Biot traveled to Scotland in 1817 to monitor the geodetic operations of the English under Colonel Mudge. This could perhaps be a letter of introduction to Mudge.

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