- Galileo sold well: a very lovely and extremely rare copy of his first printed work, Le operazioni del compasso geometrico, et militare (1606) sold for $506,500; his second printed work, Difesa di Galileo Galilei ... contro alle calunnie & imposture di Baldessar Capra (1607) fetched $230,500; and a first edition of Sidereus nuncius magna (1610) made $290,500.
- A surprisingly scarce 1791 first edition of Alexander Hamilton's Report on Manufactures (one of three copies
- Newton's Principia and Darwin's Origin of Species each made $194,500.
- A collection of 130 Einstein offprints (Einstein's own collection, in fact) went for $314,500.
- Also among the lots was an Enigma machine from WWII, which sold for $104,500.
- The only known copy of the first telephone directory (New Haven, CT, 1878) better than quadrupled its high estimate, selling for $170,500.
- A second edition of Copernicus (1566) made $98,500.
This catalogue really is a what's what of the top scientific books ever printed, so I do encourage a good browse of it. Not just remarkable books, but remarkable copies of them.