London, South Kensington
1 June 2009
WATSON, James Dewey (b. 1928). The Double Helix. A Personal Account of the Discovery of the Structure of DNA. New York: Atheneum, 1968. 8° (212 x 140mm). Illustrations. Original cloth, price-clipped dust-jacket (extremities of jacket lightly rubbed with light creasing at head of spine).
First American edition. SIGNED BY WATSON, CRICK, WILKINS AND GOSLING on the half-title. It has been further signed by Wilkins (beneath his portrait opposite p.18), and ANNOTATED BY GOSLING, describing the roles that he, Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin played in the discovery of DNA's structure. These annotations (which are signed 'Raymond Gosling' and dated 'Sept. 2003') occur beneath 3 illustrations: (i) beneath the portrait of Rosalind Franklin opposite p.70; (ii) beneath an X-ray photograph of crystalline DNA in the A form opposite p.72; and beneath an X-ray photograph of DNA in the B form opposite p. 169: 'Rosalind and I worked closely together and as her assistant I put most of the "cameras" on the X-ray tube. In that sense I actually "took" the photograph. However, the overall strategy was Rosalind's and the importance attributed by some as to who "took" the photograph is inappropriate.'
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