• Travel, Science and Natural Hi auction at Christies

    Sale 5489

    Travel, Science and Natural History

    22 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 46

    WATSON, James Dewey (b. 1928), Francis H.C. CRICK (1916-2004), Maurice WILKINS (1916-2004), Alexander STOKES (1919-2003), Herbert R. WILSON, Rosalind E. FRANKLIN (1920-1958) and Raymond G. GOSLING (b. 1926). 'Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids; A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid'; 'Molecular Structure of Deoxypentose Nucleic Acids'; 'Molecular Configuration in Sodium Thymonucleate', offprint from: Nature, vol. 171, pp.737-750. [London]: Fisher, Knight & Co., Ltd [for Macmillan & Co., Limited], 1953. 8° (210 x 139mm). Half-tone and line illustrations. Original self-wrappers (upper wrapper very lightly creased). Provenance: J.D. Dunitz (ink stamp to upper wrapper with serial number).FIRST EDITION, THE RARE THREE-PAPER OFFPRINT ISSUE. THE FIRST PUBLISHED ACCOUNT OF THE MOLECULAR STRUCTURE OF DNA.

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    WATSON, James Dewey (b. 1928), Francis H.C. CRICK (1916-2004), Maurice WILKINS (1916-2004), Alexander STOKES (1919-2003), Herbert R. WILSON, Rosalind E. FRANKLIN (1920-1958) and Raymond G. GOSLING (b. 1926). 'Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids; A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid'; 'Molecular Structure of Deoxypentose Nucleic Acids'; 'Molecular Configuration in Sodium Thymonucleate', offprint from: Nature, vol. 171, pp.737-750. [London]: Fisher, Knight & Co., Ltd [for Macmillan & Co., Limited], 1953. 8° (210 x 139mm). Half-tone and line illustrations. Original self-wrappers (upper wrapper very lightly creased). Provenance: J.D. Dunitz (ink stamp to upper wrapper with serial number).FIRST EDITION, THE RARE THREE-PAPER OFFPRINT ISSUE. THE FIRST PUBLISHED ACCOUNT OF THE MOLECULAR STRUCTURE OF DNA.

    Together with 4 other DNA offprints, including: Watson and Crick's 'Genetical Implications of the Structure of Deoxyribonucleic Acid' which offered the FIRST PROPOSAL FOR A MECHANISM FOR THE SELF-REPLICATION OF DNA; Cochran, Crick and Vand's first paper to derive the helical features of a chain of DNA atoms; and two papers by Gamow that were the first to propose a 'code' between the four-letter language of DNA and the sequence of amino acids in proteins. (5)


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