London: Appleton, 1872. 2nd Edition. 2nd EDITION Spectrum Analysis: In Its Application to Terrestrial Substances, and The Physical Constitution of the Heavenly Bodies, A BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED WORK inclusive of Angstrom's and Kirchhoff's maps. "Spectrum Analysis became a standard work;" here revised and expanded upon the first edition. ( Knight, p. 234). This volume includes 119 illustrations and 6 plates of which frontispiece & 4 plates are chromolithographs by Vincent Brooks, Day & Son of Vanity Fair fame with time exposure photography of total solar eclipses of 1868.
"It is not difficult to deliver interesting lectures or to write an instructive book on spectrum analysis. The rapid succession of brilliant discoveries in this new branch of science, the amount of fundamental facts added by it to human knowledge, especially in the field of the cosmical world, assure the lecturer or writer appealing to the intelligent but not scientific public of useful and legitimate success. But what is not so easy to do is to interest at the same time the gens du monde and scientific men, by offering a selection of the most recent discoveries in a bright and literary form attractive to the former, and yet keeping for the latter the appearance of precision, and exactness of the numerical results" (Abstract, Nature 6, pp. 349, 1872). Item #1324
CONDITION & DETAILS: New York Appleton and Company. Complete. This is not an institutional copy and is free of stamps, etc. 455 pages of text; 223 in-text illustrations; 13 plates of which frontispiece & 4 plates are chromolithographs by Vincent Brooks, Day & Son of Vanity Fair fame and inclusive of time exposure photography of the total solar eclipse of 1868. While handsomely and solidly bound in green cloth, there is scuffing at the edge tips and light spotting to the cloth (see photo). Gilt lettered and illustrated at the spine; front board gilt illustrated with black blind stamping.