DR. WILLIAM GORGAS — THE PHYSICIAN WHOSE WORK IN CONTROLLING MALARIA AND YELLOW FEVER MADE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PANAMA CANAL POSSIBLE
GORGAS, WILLIAM C. (1854-1920). Army physician and Surgeon General of the United States Army; best known for his work combating the transmission of yellow fever and malaria by controlling the mosquitoes that carry them; his strategy was greeted with considerable skepticism and opposition to such hygiene measures; the measures he put into practice as the head of the Panama Canal Zone Sanitation Commission saved thousands of lives and contributed to the success of the Canal’s construction. Surprisingly uncommon Typed Letter Signed, “W.C. Gorgas,” on War Department, Office of the Surgeon General letterhead. One page, quarto. Washington March 31, 1916. Very fine condition.
FREUD ~~ IN ENGLISH — WITH PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICAL CONTENT — “BUT I CANNOT TAKE HIM MYSELF. I HAVE GIVEN UP TREATING PATIENTS AND DEVOTE MY TIME TO THE INSTRUCTION OF PHYSICIANS. IF MR. K. COMES HE WILL BE TREATED BY ONE OF MY EXPERIENCED PUPILS. I WILL PICK OUT ONE WHO TALKS ENGLISH.”
FREUD, SIGMUND. (1856-1939). Austrian neurologist; founder of psychoanalysis. Exceptional Autograph Letter Signed, “Prof. Freud”, on his name-imprinted stationery, in English. 1 ½ pages, octavo. “Wien, IX., Berggasse 19”, May 12th 1922. Very fine condition.
CHARLES DARWIN ~~ AN EXCEPTIONALLY EARLY SCIENTIFIC LETTER ON THE USE OF CHLOROFORM, AND THE STUDY OF BARNACLES WHICH WAS TO PLAY A KEY COMPONENT IN HIS THEORY OF EVOLUTION
DARWIN, CHARLES (1809-82). British scientist. Good, early Autograph Letter Signed, “C. Darwin” with remarkable science content. “Athenaeum Club, Saturday August 20, 1848”. Three full pages, octavo. To “My dear Dr. Boott”.
STUNNINGLY LARGE EINSTEIN PORTRAIT ~~ BOLDLY SIGNED BY EINSTEIN AND THE ARTIST, JOSEF SCHARL
EINSTEIN, ALBERT (1879-1955). Theoretical physicist regarded as one of the most influential scientists of all time; received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. Superb silkscreen portrait of Einstein, Boldly Signed by him at lower left, “A. Einstein”, in ink. Also signed “Jos. Scharl” and dated “1946” at lower right by the artist.
GENERAL U.S. GRANT SALUTES CYRUS W. FIELD ON THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF THE SUCCESSFUL LAYING OF THE ATLANTIC CABLE
GRANT, ULYSSESS S. (1822-1885). Union General in the Civil War and President of the United States. Choice Autograph Letter Signed, as General, on Head Quarters Armies of the United States stationery. One full page, 4to. Washington, D.C., November 8, 1866.
THOMAS EDISON USES HIS DICTATION MACHINE, THE EDIPHONE, FOR PERSONAL CORRESPONDENCE
EDISON, THOMAS. (1847-1931). American inventor and businessman. Typed Letter boldly Signed, “Thos. A. Edison,” on his imprinted From the Laboratory of Thomas A. Edison, Orange, N.J. stationary. One full page, quarto. February 4, 1927. Accompanied by original imprinted Laboratory of Thomas A. Edison, Orange N.J. envelope.
AUDUBON PUBLISHES HIS ROYAL OCTAVO EDITION OF: ‘THE BIRDS OF AMERICA’ WITH ITS 65 ADDITIONAL PLATES, AND ANNOUNCES TO HARRIS: “I HAVE MADE A GOOD NUMBER OF DRAWINGS THAT YOU HAVE NOT SEEN AND THAT I LONG TO SHOW YOU.”
AUDUBON, JOHN. (1785-1851). Ornithologist, naturalist, and artist. Scarce Autograph Letter Signed, “John J. Audubon.” Very full page, quarto. February 4, 1842, To Edward Harris.