4 October 2002
SMITH, Robert (1689-1768). A Compleat System of Opticks. In Four Books, viz. A Popular, a Mathematical, a Mechanical, and a Philosophical Treatise. Cambridge: Cornelius Crownfield, Stephen Austen and Robert Dodsley, 1738.
2 volumes in one, 4o. 83 engraved folding plates. Contemporary red morocco elaborately gilt, g.e. (rebacked, old spine laid down).
FIRST EDITION, large paper copy of "probably the most influential optical textbook of the eighteenth century" (DSB).
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