|Curie, Marie Sklodowska.
"Radio-Active Substances." In: The Chemical News, Vol. 88, no.
2282 - Vol. 88, no. 2297. London: Edwin John Davey, 1903. Quarto,
original wrappers. The entire year of The Chemical News offered, from 2
January 1903 - 24 December 1903 (Vol. 87, no. 87. Complete in 54 issues.
In custom cloth box.
Extraordinarily rare first edition in
English of Marie Curie's famous doctoral thesis, her most significant
publication and one of the most important papers in the field of
radioactivity. The only translation of the original edition.
Marie Curie's landmark doctoral thesis
documents the results of her extremely fertile research into the
phenomenon of radioactivity during the years 1897 to 1903. During this
period Curie "made the first measurement of radioactive radiation,
demonstrated the radioactive properties of thorium, discovered polonium
and radium, described the atomic nature of radioactivity, prepared pure
radium chloride, determined the atomic weight of radium, observed
induced radioactivity... and developed the chemical aspects of
radioactivity" (Norman 543). Curie shared (with Pierre Curie and
Henri Becquerel) the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of
radioactivity and won the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for her
discovery of radium and polonium.
Curie's work is included in 15
consecutive issues of The Chemical News. The present set includes all 54
issues (including two index volumes) from the year 1903 and includes
important papers by Ernest Rutherford, Pierre Curie, William Ramsay,
William Crookes, Frederick Soddy, Freidrich Giesel, Carl Runge, Arthur
Schuster, and many others. PMM (Printing and the Mind of Man) 394
(for the original French edition). In remarkable condition in original
wrappers: only a few marginal repairs to the first volume, occasional
light chipping, otherwise fine. Of extraordinary rarity: No copies found
in American Book Prices Current for at least the past 25 years and OCLC
locates only two copies of the Curie article in original parts in
institutions. Most rare and important.