• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 2013

    Important Scientific Books: The Richard Green Library

    17 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 88

    DIESEL, Rudolf (1858-1913). Die Entstehung des Dieselmotors. Berlin: Julius Springer, 1913.

    Price Realised  

    DIESEL, Rudolf (1858-1913). Die Entstehung des Dieselmotors. Berlin: Julius Springer, 1913.

    8o (270 x 192 mm). 3 folding plates and numerous illustrations in text. Original gilt lettered cloth. Provenance: Institution of Naval Architects, London (presentation inscription and bookplate); unnamed consignor, sale Christie's London, 16 November 1988, lot 144.

    FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed on title less than three weeks before committing suicide on his way to England: "To the Institutuion of Naval Architects, With kind regards from Dr. Diesel, Munich, Sept 10th 1913." A chronological account of the origin of the diesel engine, and a testimony to Diesel's vision of using renewable energy sources like vegetable oils to fuel his engine.


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766