Letters on Natural Magic, addressed to Sir Walter Scott, Bart.
Letters on Natural Magic, addressed to Sir Walter Scott, Bart. Letters on Natural Magic, addressed to Sir Walter Scott, Bart. Letters on Natural Magic, addressed to Sir Walter Scott, Bart. Letters on Natural Magic, addressed to Sir Walter Scott, Bart. Letters on Natural Magic, addressed to Sir Walter Scott, Bart. Letters on Natural Magic, addressed to Sir Walter Scott, Bart. Letters on Natural Magic, addressed to Sir Walter Scott, Bart.
£185.00
London: John Murray. 1832.

First edition. 8vo. (152x95mm) pp. xii, 352. Brown cloth, some fading to edges and spine. Small tear to head and foot of spine. Brown morocco label to spine, lettered in gilt. Some foxing and a strip has been torn from the top edge of the title page but with no loss of text. Illustrated throughout and with two moving images. A very good copy of this important work on optics which contains much information on optical illusions and how nature performs tricks of sight and sound. Brewster was a Scottish scientist, described by a contemporary as "the father of modern experimental optics." The present volume, although it has its foundation in academic enquiry, contains more than a hint of popular science with sections on necromancy, the feats of strongmen, ventriloquism and the automaton chess-player. The many illustrations provide amusing adjuncts to the descriptions of the various illusions.