17 June 2008
FOUCAULT, Léon. Recueil des Travaux Scientifiques de Léon Foucault... publicé par Madame Veuve Foucault sa Mère. Edited by C.M. Gariel. Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1878.
2 volumes, 4o (269 x 206 mm). Engraved frontispiece portrait, 19 folding plates, numerous engravings in the text. Contemporary quarter calf, gilt, marbled boards (extremities a bit rubbed).
FIRST EDITION. Most famous for demonstrating the diurnal rotation of the earth (see previous lot), Foucault also established the relative speeds of light in air and water, made advances in the development of the telescope, invented the gyroscope, and many other devices used in experimental science and technology. DSB, pp. 84-85. (2)
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