Philosophical Transactions 92, pp.12-48 & 387-97. London: W. Bulmer for G. & W. Nicol, 1802. 2 parts, 4° (295 x 235mm). Engraved plate by Basire in part 1 (some browning in text of part 1). Original blue wrappers, "1802" and "1" & "2" inked on spines, UNOPENED (spine of part 1 worn)." /> YOUNG, Thomas (1773-1829). "On the Theory of Light and Colours [An Account of some Cases of the Production of Colours, not hitherto described]", in <I>Philosophical Transactions</I> 92, pp.12-48 & 387-97. London: W. Bulmer for G. & W. Nicol, 1802. 2 parts, 4° (295 x 235mm). Engraved plate by Basire in part 1 (some browning in text of part 1). Original blue wrappers, "1802" and "1" & "2" inked on spines, UNOPENED (spine of part 1 worn). | Christie's
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    Landmarks of Science & Medicine from the Library of Andras Gedeon

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    YOUNG, Thomas (1773-1829). "On the Theory of Light and Colours [An Account of some Cases of the Production of Colours, not hitherto described]", in Philosophical Transactions 92, pp.12-48 & 387-97. London: W. Bulmer for G. & W. Nicol, 1802. 2 parts, 4° (295 x 235mm). Engraved plate by Basire in part 1 (some browning in text of part 1). Original blue wrappers, "1802" and "1" & "2" inked on spines, UNOPENED (spine of part 1 worn).

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    YOUNG, Thomas (1773-1829). "On the Theory of Light and Colours [An Account of some Cases of the Production of Colours, not hitherto described]", in Philosophical Transactions 92, pp.12-48 & 387-97. London: W. Bulmer for G. & W. Nicol, 1802. 2 parts, 4° (295 x 235mm). Engraved plate by Basire in part 1 (some browning in text of part 1). Original blue wrappers, "1802" and "1" & "2" inked on spines, UNOPENED (spine of part 1 worn).

    FIRST EDITIONS. Part 1 is 'an epoch-making contribution to the theory of light in all its phases'. Read as the Bakerian lecture, November 12, 1801, Young firmly endorsed Huygen's wave theory of light, displacing Newton's corpuscular theory which had been favoured for most of the 18th century, and so found explanations for unresolved optical phenomena such as interference. Part 2 is a further explanation of the wave theory. Part 1 Dibner 152; PMM 259; Norman 2275. Part 2 Norman 2276. (2)


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