A Treatise On The Microscope,




Adam and Charles Black, North Bridge.






Forming the article under that head in the seventh edition of the encyclopaedia britannica. by sir david brewster, k.g.h. ll.d. f.r.s.

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8vo, in twelves. 5 x 8 inches. viii + 193 + [3] pp. Bound in original brown cloth, gilt,; boards with decorative blind stamped borders enclosing decorative centre piece. Deckled edges. Extremities worn and hinges and joints starting to crack; otherwise a very good copy. Early signature on front pastedown. Illustrated by 14 engraved plates at the end and by 48 wood engravings in text. A technical account of the optical principles of the microscope, originally written for the Seventh Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, published 1830-42. Sir David Brewster (1781-1868) was a Scottish scientist and inventor, who made a significant contribution to the science of optics, improving the stereoscope to make it portable, inventing the kaleidoscope and promoting the early development of photography in Scotland. The volume is dedicated to Brewster's friend, Henry Fox Talbot, photographic pioneer and developer of the calotype process. Brewster refers to 'the various curious discoveries,' Fox Talbot made with the Polarising Microscope, which Brewster witnessed when enjoying the hospitality of Lacock Abbey. A scarce title.

[Stock No. 26642]

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