Lot 27. The first published account of the molecular structure of DNA

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Lot 27 | The first published account of the molecular structure of DNA
James Dewey Watson (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.

First edition, the rare three-paper offprint issue. The first published account of the molecular structure of DNA. When Watson and Crick’s paper was submitted for publication in Nature, Sir Lawrence Bragg, the director of the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge, and Sir John Randall of King’s College agreed that the paper should be published simultaneously with those of two other groups of researchers who had also prepared important papers on DNA: Maurice Wilkins, A.R. Stokes, and H.R. Wilson, authors of 'Molecular Structure of Deoxypentose Nucleic Acids,' and Rosalind Franklin and Raymond Gosling, who submitted the paper 'Molecular Configuration in Sodium Thymonucleate.' These three papers were then published in Nature under the general title 'The Molecular Structure of Nucleic Acids', the offprint of which is the present lot. Grolier Medicine, 99; Dibner Heralds, 200. Garrison-Morton 256.3.

Octavo (210 x 139mm). Half-tone and line illustrations. Original stapled self-wrappers (a faint mark in at head of first page, otherwise a fine copy).

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