About Us

Since 1971 we have been buying, selling, and appraising rare books, manuscripts, and prints in the history of science, medicine, and technology.

We are among the world's leading experts in these fields. In addition to our inventory for sale listed in this online bookshop, we offer our clients a lifetime of experience as dealers, bibliographers, collectors, and scholars of the history and traditions of collecting, dealing, and publishing in the history of science and medicine. Information concerning our backgrounds may be found under the Contact Us tab of historyofscience.com. A growing collection of online documents concerning the history, traditions and lore of collecting, dealing, and publishing in the history of science may be found under the Traditions tab of historyofscience.com. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have on these topics.

We are the authors of three widely used standard bibliographical reference works on the history of medicine, science, and technology: "Garrison-Morton.com.", The Haskell F. Norman Library of Science and Medicine, and Origins of Cyberspace: A Library on the History of Computing, Networking and Telecommunications. We have been members of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) for over thirty years.

Our inventory of approximately 5,000 rare books, pamphlets, autographs, manuscripts, and prints on the history of science, medicine and technology is searchable through our Online Bookshop. We add material to our inventory on a regular basis. We also publish occasional electronic catalogues.

We specialize in presentation copies or association copies, or other types of special copies, of rare and important books. We sell many of these special copies through private offer, but some are also listed online. You may search for them at our Online Bookshop using our advanced search page.

Even though the majority of our inventory is available online, we believe that personal contact between dealer and client is most important, and we welcome and encourage your phone calls, emails and visits. We are open during normal business hours Monday through Friday, by appointment. We are located in Novato, California, a city of about 50,000 people thirty-five miles north of San Francisco, half-way between San Francisco and the famous California "wine country" of the Napa Valley.

We always have a backlog of not yet catalogued, and not yet inventoried material that is not on our website. Because many of our sales are made through private offer, it may be worthwhile to inquire if you don't find what you are looking for in our Online Bookshop.

We are, of course, interested in purchasing fine and rare books, manuscripts and prints in diverse fields. Please let us know if you have any material that you wish to sell or exchange.

Jeremy M. Norman
Diana H. Hook