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Researches on light: an examination of all the phenomena connected with the chemical and molecular changes produced by the influence of the solar rays; embracing all the known photographic processes, and new discoveries in the Art


Published by London: Longman, 1844, 1844
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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FIRST EDITION. 8 vo. Orig. cloth, rebacked with two-thirds of orig. spine (gilt title present) laid down and with new endpapers, orig. free endpapers preserved. vii, (1), 303, (1), 32(pub. cat. dated April, 1844) pp. Folding engraved frontispiece with the spectrum hand-colored + a few text woodcuts. The COPY of Alexander Winchell (1824-91), the American geologist and educator, with this ownership signature on the front free endpaper dated 1850. "Winchell's main impact was his role in organizing geology as a science in America." (D.S.B.). A very good copy. An early issue, possibly the earliest, having the April 1844 publisher's catalog (Hunt's preface is dated March 11, 1844) and no errata slip. The slip does appear in copies with a September 1844 publisher's catalog. "Robert Hunt (1807-87) was librarian and keeper of mining records at the Museum of Practical Geology and professor of mechanical engineering at the Royal School of Mines, London. He carried on numerous photographic and photochemical experiments and he was one of the founders of the London Photographic Society. .The discovery by Robert Hunt (1844) that iron sulphate (vitriol) was suitable for the development of light pictures on iodide, bromide, and chloride of silver was of great importance for the future. It is well known that it was just this iron sulphate developer which brought 'wet collodion' photography, invented several years later, to such efficiency." (J.M. Eder, 'Hist. photography', 1945, pp. 325-326). Epstean Coll., no.214. Bolton I.547. Roller & Goodman I.567. Bookseller Inventory # 000272

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Title: Researches on light: an examination of all ...

Publisher: London: Longman, 1844

Publication Date: 1844

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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The ANTIQUARIAN SCIENTIST (P.O. Box 448, Southampton, MA 01073 USA;, established in 1976, specializes in rare books in science, medicine, and technology. In addition, we offer antique scientific instruments, and appraisals and collection development in these specialty areas. Thus far we have published forty-one illustrated and annotated catalogues. We also co-published the print journal "Rittenhouse" which is devoted to the history of the scientific instrument enterprise in America. We are members of SNEAB and numerous professional societies relating to books, instruments, and the history of science and medicine. It has always been our policy to provide to our clients professional quality services.

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