New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, (2001). First Edition. Hardcover. Octavo size, 320 pp., inscribed by Eric Seaborg. Near fine / near fine. Item #19040101
American chemist Glenn T. Seaborg (1912-1999) made monumental strides in the fields of physics and chemistry, and his career as a scientist and teacher has been much acclaimed; he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1951 and was co-discoverer of ten elements, with 106 named "seaborgium" in his honour, the first element to be named after a living scientist. His memoir, written with his son, Eric Seaborg and published posthumously, is a compelling narrative of his life and work, a bildungsroman filled with scientific discovery.
This volume is inscribed on the half-title page "For the Kephart family / with best wishes / Eric Seaborg" with Glenn Seaborg's stamped signature below.
___DESCRIPTION: Quarter grey cloth with blue paper boards, gilt lettering and ornaments on the spine, endpapers with two versions of the Periodic Table of the Elements, one prior to World War II, the other at the time of the book's publications, twenty-four pages of black-and-white photographs in three sections at the centre of the book; octavo size (9.25" by 6.25"), pagination: [i-vii] viii [1-3] 4-312, inscribed by Eric Seaborg on the half-title page. In a paper dust jacket with black-and-white photographs on the front and rear panels, and one colour photograph on the front panel, blue wraparound ruled borders, orange lettering on the front panel, white and orange lettering on the spine, a review of the book on the rear panel, a description of the book on the front and rear flaps, and author bio on the rear flap; the dust jacket is unclipped with the original price of $25.00 on the front flap.
___CONDITION: Volume is near fine, with clean boards, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; a few spots of soiling to the joints, bottom corners are gently bumped with light rubbing, and spine is very slightly cocked. The dust jacket is near fine, unclipped, clean with bright colours, with light wear to the bottom edges and head of the spine.
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