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Sepia-toned portrait photograph by Maull & Polyblank
1856.

Roget, Peter Mark (1779-1869). Portrait photograph, from Maull and Polyblank's Photographic Portraits of Living Celebrities (1856-60). 305 x 253 mm. Small tear in one margin, slight soiling, but very good.

Photograph of Peter Mark Roget, best known as the compiler of Roget's Thesaurus (first ed. 1852), which has remained in print since its first publication. He is also known for having invented the log-log slide rule (1815), and for his 1824 paper entitled "Explanation of an optical deception in the appearance of the spokes of a wheel when seen through vertical apertures," which dealt with persistence of vision in regard to moving objects; this paper is one of the foundation works in the history of cinema. Roget trained as a physician, and helped to found both the School of Medicine at the University of Manchester, and the Medical and Chirurgical Society of London, which later became the Royal Society of Medicine. He was the author of the fifth Bridgewater Treatise, Animal and Vegetable Physiology Considered with Reference to Natural Theology (1834).


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