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Watson, James D.; Crick, Francis D.

Published by Fisher, St. Albans (1953)

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Item Description: Fisher, St. Albans, 1953. Soft cover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First separate edition (offprint) of the three papers announcing the discovery of the structure of DNA, one of the most important scientific achievements of the century. The three landmark articles (including an illustration of the double helix), appeared together in the April 25, 1953 issue of Nature. Realizing the significant of the articles, the publisher took the highly unusual step of publishing the offprint with the three articles together. Few copies were printed and the offprint is of great rarity on the market. Watson, James D.; Crick, Francis. Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids, A Structure for Dexyribose Nucleic Acid. WITH: Wilkins, M.H.F.; Stokes, A.R.; Wilson, H.R. Molecular Structure of Deoxypentose Nucleic Acids. WITH: Franklin, Rosalind E.; Gosling, R.G.; Molecular Configuration in Sodium Thymonucleate. Offprint from Nature, vol 171, p.737ff, April 25, 1953. 14pp. St. Albans: Fisher, Knight & Co., Ltd, 1953. Original self-wrappers. Fine condition. Bookseller Inventory # 156

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Molecular structure of nucleic acids. A structure: Watson, James D.;

Watson, James D.; Francis Crick et al.

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Item Description: 1953. The Double Helix The "Three-Paper" Offprint, Signed by Five of its Authors Watson, James D. (1928- ) & Crick, Francis H. C. (1916-2004). Molecular structure of nucleic acids. A structure for deoxyribose nucleic acid. With: Wilkins, Maurice (1916-2004); Stokes, A. R.; & Wilson, H. R. Molecular structure of deoxypentose nucleic acids. With: Franklin, Rosalind (1920-58) and Gosling, R. G. Molecular configuration in sodium thymonucleate. Together three papers in a single offprint from Nature 171, no. 4356 (April 25, 1953). 8vo. 13, [1]pp. 211 x 141 mm. Without wrappers as issued. Signed by Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins on the first page, by H. R. Wilson and A. R. Stokes on p. 9, and by R. G. Gosling on the last page. Very good condition. First Editions. Watson and Crick's discovery of the double-helical structure of DNA is the most important medical and biological discovery of the twentieth century. Their paper first appeared in the scientific journal Nature, grouped, under the general title "The molecular structure of nucleic acids," with two other seminal papers on DNA: "Molecular structure of deoxypentose nucleic acids," by Maurice Wilkins, A. R. Stokes and H. R. Wilson; and Rosalind Franklin and Raymond Gosling's "Molecular configuration in sodium thymonucleate," which contains Franklin's famous x-ray photograph of DNA. The journal publication of the three papers was followed by this "three-paper"offprint for distribution by the various authors. In 1962, Watson, Crick and Wilkins shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. Because Franklin had died in 1958 she could not share in the Nobel Prize. As much as the general educated public appreciates the discovery of the double helix today, when the papers were published in 1953 they were only understood and appreciated by the few workers in the field. Thus, Rosalind Franklin was never asked to sign a copy of this offprint, and none exist with her signature. This copy is signed by all participants except Franklin and Watson. Grolier, 100 Books Famous in Medicine, 99. Judson, Eighth Day of Creation, pp. 145-56. Dibner, Heralds of Science, 200. Bookseller Inventory # 43757

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