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The July 8-9, 2017 Manuscript, Space, Collectibles & Stamp Auction

Scientists and Engineers
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Lot 213
Einstein, Albert Typed Letter Signed (1879-1955) Theoretical physicist who was the most influential scientist of the 20th century. He developed the general theory of relativity. TLS ("A. Einstein"), one page,11 x 8½", in German, Princeton, February 13, 1934. To Reinhold Pietsch in Utica, N.Y. Translation: "I am very happy over your invitation and that you are concerned, with such interest, with scientific problems. Where the search for truth is concerned, I know from my own diligent search and great sacrifice, how difficult it is to find, even with small steps, knowledge of that which is really essentially reliable…." With original, transmittal envelope.

Light toning and normal folds, else fine. Accompanied by two letters, dated December 18, 1975 and January 26, 1976 from Otto Nathan, Trustee of the Estate of Albert Einstein, asking for a photocopy of this letter and thanking the owner for providing a copy. Estimate Value $4,000 - 6,000
Autos & Autos Autographs, 1975.
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Lot 214
[Anatomical Diagram of the Human Body] Spechio Anatomico del Corpo Vmano, by Camillo Bagato, 1547. One page, 16¼ x 12¾". Published in Bologna by Giacomo Monti and dedicated to Giovanni Battista Cornaro Piscopia, Procurator of San Marco. Featuring a diagram of the human body with a double overlay (two additional layers) showing the organs in the chest and abdominal cavity, which are identified by the letters A through Z., with descriptions in the left column. The remainder of the body, from the head to the feet, is identified by the numbers 1 through 11, with descriptions given in the right column. At the bottom center of the page, in two short columns are given medical remedies for various problems of the various parts of the body. The page is toned and foxed; trimmed to border on right side and at upper and lower right corners. Affixed at corners to a larger page. Estimate Value $150 - UP
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Lot 215
Burbank, Luther - An 1891 ALS and a Group of Burbank-Related Items (1849-1926) American botanist, horticulturist and pioneer in agricultural science. Autograph letter signed "Luther Burbank," one page, on his attractive letterhead for "Horticultural Novelties," 9¼ x 5¾", Santa Rosa, Cal., Aug. 1, 1891. To C.M. Silva & Son: "Kindly if possible send amount of bill rendered for trees last winter sent to you…" Some ink transfer to lower portion of letter. With a copy of a booklet, "Luther Burbank, His Methods and Discoveries and their Practical Application. A Synopsis," 12 x 9", 1913. The synopsis of the twelve volumes of Burbanks Works is accompanied by a color illustration from each volume. Also, two photos of Burbank and two postcards featuring him, and a a letter and invitation to Mr. Geo. A. Conrad regarding becoming a member of The Luther Burbank Society. Burbank developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants over his 55-year career. Estimate Value $200 - 300
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Lot 216
Einstein, Albert - Excellent TLS, Einstein Stands Up For An Immigrant Friend in 1938 (1879-1955) German-born American physicist; famous for developing the theory of relativity; winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics (1921). Typed letter signed "A. Einstein" as professor at The Institute for Advanced Study School of Mathematics at Princeton, one page, on Institute letterhead, in German, 10 x 8", Princeton, New Jersey, Aug. 9, 1938. To the American Consul, Manila, Philippines. The English translation reads: "Most Honorable Consul: To my great delight I learned today that the Affidavit for Mr. Max L. Berges is now available. Mr. Berges not only is a gifted artist, but has also proven to be a very good provider for himself and his family under the most difficult circumstances during his years as an immigrant. I personally consider an exceptionally worthy individual to be granted an immigration visa to the United States and would be very happy seeing his wanderings finally come to an end."

Some wrinkling and several folds; stapler mark, small rust mark and minor soiling in upper left corner. Signature is nice and bold. Accompanied by an English translation. In early 1939, Max Berges published a book, Cold Pogrom which presaged what Nazi Germany would mean for Germany's Jews and society as a whole. Estimate Value $5,000 - 7,500
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Lot 217
Salk, Jonas - Letter From the Polio Pioneer to a Father: "Yours is the ultimate grief…." (1914-94) American researcher and virologist; famous for discovering the first polio vaccine. He never patented the vaccine or earned any money from his discovery, preferring that it be distributed to as many people as possible. Typed letter signed "Jonas Salk" one page, on letterhead of "The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, 9¾ x 7¾", San Diego, CA, Sept. 19, 1968. Slighly folded in at bottom and right, two tiny tape remnants at lower corners, and a couple of pen marks at lower left.

A poignant letter to Mr. George F. Berstler, Jr., whose son is dying, possibly from polio:"Yours is the ultimate grief--I hope you can take heart from the knowledge that one day other fathers will be spared because of what is being learned from cases such as that of your son. I would hope, moreover, you will be comforted by your life together, brief as it may be, knowing you did the very best you could in all respects…." Estimate Value $300 - 400
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