New Experiments on the Ocular Spectra of Light and Colours.

Darwin (Robert Waring)

New Experiments on the Ocular Spectra of Light and Colours.

Read at the Royal Society, March 23, 1786.

Description: FIRST SEPARATE EDITION, with 5 hand-coloured plates, faint damp stains at fore-edge of initial leaves and first plates, final yellow plate damp stained with colour-bleed to leaves of final gathering, final plate verso with faint pink mark, pp. [2], 36, [5 plate leaves], 4to, disbound, final gathering detached, others just holding,

Publication Details: Printed by J. Nichols, 1786

Notes: Charles Darwin's father, Robert (1766-1848) studied medicine at Edinburgh University, and then at Leiden, where, to great acclaim, he presented his dissertation on ocular spectra printed here and in the Royal Society's Philosophical Transactions of the same year. There is much to suggest that he was significantly assisted by his father Erasmus, who, in a letter to Benjamin Franklin in 1774, refers to a paper describing experiments 'on the Colours seen in the closed Eye after having gazed some Time on luminous Objects which is not quite transcribed, but which I will send you, if you think it is...more

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Price: £3,000

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: 1786

Stock Number: 68469

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