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    [Francis H. C. Crick]. Crick's Personal Copy of Charles Darwin's The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle. Peterborough: CIL Limited, 1994. Limited Facsimile Edition. Four Volumes. 4to. Half-bound in brown leather and marbled boards. Decorative gilt on boards and spine; titles giltstamped on spine. Four raised bands. Marbled endpapers. The first three volumes are still wrapped in cellophane. Housed in a stylish, custom wood slipcase with integral, hinged bookstand.

    A typed letter to Dr. Crick from the publisher reads, in part: "I am pleased to be sending you your 4-volume set in our limited facsimile edition...Your set has been numbered by hand and the number appears on a special page bearing the endorsement of the Royal Geographical Society..."

    Francis Harry Compton Crick (1916-2004) originally pursued a career in physics, but his studies were derailed during the Second World War when a German bomb landed in his laboratory, destroying his equipment. He spent the remainder of the war in the employ of the British Admiralty designing acoustic and magnetic mines. In 1947, with a waning interest in physics, he embarked on the study of molecular biology. Having no knowledge of biology or organic chemistry, he had to begin from scratch, spending the first few years familiarizing himself with the subject. He met James D. Watson, a 23 year old American postdoctoral zoologist with a background in genetics, in 1951 and the two discovered they shared a common goal of solving the molecular structure of deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA. The pair successfully photographed a strand of DNA in March 1953 using a technique called X-ray crystallography. For their discovery, they, along with Maurice Wilkins, received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1962. In his later career, Crick became interested in the origin of the genetic code, how genes controlled the processes of cell division, cell differentiation, and organ growth, and the origin of protein synthesis.


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