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A Course of Lectures on Natural Philosophy and the Mechanical Arts
London: Joseph Johnson, 1807. . Two volumes. First edition. 4to. xxvi, 796; xiv, 738 pp. Recent brown full calf, spine with raised bands, gilt lettered red labels, all edges speckled, an ex-library set, though this is barely evident with the markings discreetly and almost entirely removed, one set of markings remaining partially visible on the verso of the title page of volume I and some of the places where stamps have been removed with consequent thinning of the paper which has been neatly and almost imperceptibly reinforced on the versos. Volume I with 43 plates, including two plates with fine original hand colouring illustrating light theory, volume II with a further 15 plates. An attractive set. Something of a scientific polymath, Thomas Young (1773-1829) was appointed Professor of Natural Philosophy at the Royal Institution while still in his twenties. The lectures he gave during the course form the basis of this work and cover a wide range of subjects: Volume I - mechanics (including motion, forces, architecture, etc.), hydrodynamics (hydraulics, pneumatics, sound, optics etc.) and physics (astronomy, geography, electricity and earth sciences); volume II - mathematics, mechanics and hydrodynamics plus a further 10 miscellaneous papers on various scientific subjects. It is for his study of light, optics and chromatics that Young is best known and many of the papers enclosed touch on differing aspects of these related scientific branches. The two coloured plates further highlight his specific interests.& The second volume also includes a comprehensive catalogue of works on science, each reference with a note as to whether the works were to be found in the libraries of the Royal Institution, the British Museum, the Royal Society or that of its then president, Joseph Banks.& All told, a magnificent work with an encyclopaedic scope.
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