• Travel, Science and Natural Hi auction at Christies

    Sale 5489

    Travel, Science and Natural History

    22 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 45

    KENDREW, Sir John Cowdery (1917-1997) and H.M. BODO, R. G. DINTZIS, R. G. PARRISH, and H. WYCKOFF. 'A Three-Dimensional Model of the Myoglobin Molecule Obtained by X-Ray Analysis' offprint from: Nature 181, pp.662-66. [London]: Fisher, Knight & Co., Ltd [for Macmillan & Co., Limited], 1958. 8° (210 x 139mm). Half-tone and line illustrations. Original self-wrappers (hole punched at spine, very small patch of adhesion to lower wrapper) Provenance: J.D. Dunitz (serial number ink stamp to upper wrapper). Contains the FIRST PICTURE OF A MODEL OF A GLOBULAR PROTEIN, the myoglobin molecule, showing the complete polypeptide chain as a highly twisted sausage-like structure. This model, the first ever to be built based on direct structure analysis, was remarkable for the unexpected twists the protein chain performed. 'It was followed two years later by a 2 Angström resolution model, built of meccano and "Kendrew type" skeletal model parts, which indicated the exact position of most of the 1200 atoms of the molecule. This work gained Kendrew, jointly with [Max] Perutz, the 1962 Nobel prize for chemistry' (ODNB).

    Together with six other offprints by Kendrew, all on the subject of using X-ray diffraction to solve the structure of proteins. (7)

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    KENDREW, Sir John Cowdery (1917-1997) and H.M. BODO, R. G. DINTZIS, R. G. PARRISH, and H. WYCKOFF. 'A Three-Dimensional Model of the Myoglobin Molecule Obtained by X-Ray Analysis' offprint from: Nature 181, pp.662-66. [London]: Fisher, Knight & Co., Ltd [for Macmillan & Co., Limited], 1958. 8° (210 x 139mm). Half-tone and line illustrations. Original self-wrappers (hole punched at spine, very small patch of adhesion to lower wrapper) Provenance: J.D. Dunitz (serial number ink stamp to upper wrapper). Contains the FIRST PICTURE OF A MODEL OF A GLOBULAR PROTEIN, the myoglobin molecule, showing the complete polypeptide chain as a highly twisted sausage-like structure. This model, the first ever to be built based on direct structure analysis, was remarkable for the unexpected twists the protein chain performed. 'It was followed two years later by a 2 Angström resolution model, built of meccano and "Kendrew type" skeletal model parts, which indicated the exact position of most of the 1200 atoms of the molecule. This work gained Kendrew, jointly with [Max] Perutz, the 1962 Nobel prize for chemistry' (ODNB).

    Together with six other offprints by Kendrew, all on the subject of using X-ray diffraction to solve the structure of proteins. (7)


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