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"On some properties of light."

By: BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868).

Price: $500.00

Publisher: In: The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London for the year MDCCCXIII. London:, Printed by W. Bulmer, 1813.: 1813

Seller ID: S1580


Vol. 103. Two parts in one volume. 279 x 225 mm. 4to. iv, 130, 26; [iv], (131)-310, [8] pp. (Brewster's article appears on pages 101-109). Some offsetting associated with the plates. Early full tan calf, blind- and gilt-stamped covers, black and red leather spine labels, marbled endleaves; rebacked, extremities rubbed. Ex library bookplate, pocket in rear endleaves, blind-stamps, else fine. FIRST EDITION. This was Brewster's first published paper on optics and his first published in the Philosophical Transactions. In this paper, read January 28, 1913, David Brewster summarized four of the mos... View more info

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On the phenomena and laws of elliptic polarization, as exhibited in the action of metals upon light.

By: BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868).

Price: $700.00

Publisher: In: The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society . . . London:, Printed by Richard Taylor, 1830.: 1830

Seller ID: S1581


279 x 225 mm. 4to. Vol. 120. Part two: vi, (223)-434, [8], 14 pp. (Brewster's article appears on pages 287-326). Numerous tables, 3 figs.; some offsetting associated with plates at the rear of the volume, some track-marks on series title. Original blue wrapper, untrimmed, blue kozo spine; top cover chipped. Very good. FIRST EDITION. This paper contains Brewster's second major contribution: the laws of metallic reflection. "The most striking properties of metals are the power of brilliantly reflecting light at all angles of incidence, which is so well shown by the mirrors of reflecting tel... View more info

"Ueber die Natur der Polarisationsbuschel." Offprint from:

By: BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868).

Price: $225.00

Publisher: Vienna:, Sitzungsberichte der k. Akademie der Wissenschaften, (November, 1850).: 1850

Seller ID: S3559


227 x 148 mm. 8vo. 4 pp. Self-wraps. Very good. The astronomical spectroscopy of the nineteenth century based on Brewster's angle has evolved through into the microwave and the modern optical lasers of today. David Brewster's important contributions to the knowledge of the polarization of light include the discovery that compression in one direction causes an isotropic solid to exhibit double refraction. He showed that complete polarization occurred (only one polarization was reflected) when the reflected and refracted rays were perpendicular, a phenomenon which occurs at what is now known as... View more info

"On the affections of light transmitted through crystallized bodies."

By: BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868).

Price: $200.00

Publisher: Extracted from:, The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 104, [1814].: 1814

Seller ID: S3643


263 x 214 mm. 4to. Pages 187-218. 3 engraved plates; first and last leaves browned, brittle, extremities chipped, plates lightly browned. Dis-bound. Very good. FIRST EDITION. Morrison-Low, "Published writings of Sir David Brewster: a bibliography," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', No. 188. See: DSB, II, pp. 451-454. First Edition. View more info

"On the connexion between the phenomena of the absorption of light, and the colours of thin plates."

By: BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868).

Price: $175.00

Publisher: Extracted from:, The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 127, [1837].: 1837

Seller ID: S3644


272 x 220 mm. 4to. Pages 245-252. Dis-bound. Very good. FIRST EDITION. Morrison-Low, "Published writings of Sir David Brewster: a bibliography," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', No. 691. See: DSB, II, pp. 451-454. First Edition. View more info

"On the reflection and decomposition of light at the separating surfaces of media of the same and of different refractive powers."

By: BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868).

Price: $175.00

Publisher: Extracted from:, The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 119, [1829].: 1829

Seller ID: S3646


272 x 220 mm. 4to. Pages 187-205. 6 figs., 1 table. Dis-bound. Very good. FIRST EDITION. Morrison-Low, "Published writings of Sir David Brewster: a bibliography," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', No. 446. See: DSB, II, pp. 451-454. First Edition. View more info

"On a new series of periodical colours produced by the grooved surfaces of metallic and transparent bodies."

By: BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868).

Price: $200.00

Publisher: Extracted from:, The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 119, [1829].: 1829

Seller ID: S3647


279 x 223 mm. 4to. Pages 301-316. 4 figs. Dis-bound. Very good. FIRST EDITION. Morrison-Low, "Published writings of Sir David Brewster: a bibliography," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', No. 450. See: DSB, II, pp. 451-454. First Edition. View more info

"On a remarkable property of the diamond." with: "On the phenomena of thin plates of solid and fluid substances exposed to polarized light."

By: BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868).

Price: $250.00

Publisher: Extracted from:, The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 131, [1841].: 1841

Seller ID: S3648


288 x 224 mm. 4to. Pages 41-42; 43-58. 1 engraved plate (second article). Dis-bound. Very good. FIRST EDITIONS. Morrison-Low, "Published writings of Sir David Brewster: a bibliography," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', No. 748; 751. See: DSB, II, pp. 451-454. First Edition. View more info

"On the optical properties of sulphuret of carbon, carbonate of barytes, and nitrate of potash, with inferences respecting the structure of doubly refracting crystals."

By: BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868).

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Extracted from:, The Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 7, [1815].: 1815

Seller ID: S3649


287 x 228 mm. 4to. Pages (285)-302. Tables; occasional foxing. Dis-bound. Very good. FIRST EDITION. Brewster parted company with Newton and the traditional projectile theory of light by rejecting a central role for short-range forces in accounting for inflection. His optical research was directed to discovering the interaction of light and different forms of matter. From the start of his research career these interactions were conceived in terms of particles and forces and his subsequent experience only increased his commitment to this paradigm. His important work on polarization and double r... View more info

"On the laws which regulate the distribution of the polarising force in plates, tubes, and cylinders of glass, that have received the polarising structure."

By: BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868).

Price: $75.00

Publisher: Extracted from:, The Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 8, [1818].: 1818

Seller ID: S3650


287 x 228 mm. 4to. Pages (353)-372. 1 engraved plate. Dis-bound. Very good. FIRST EDITION. This paper contains one of many statements of Brewster's most famous law; Brewster's law, which connects refractive index with angle of polarization. In this paper Brewster described for the first time a teinometer, an instrument designed to ascertain the elasticity of bodies. See: Cantor, "Brewster on the nature of light," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', p. 69; Morrison-Low, "Brewster and scientific instruments," in Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', p. ... View more info

"Demonstration of the fundamental property of the lever."

By: BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868).

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Extracted from:, The Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 6, [1812].: 1812

Seller ID: S3651


285 x 226 mm. 4to. Pages (397)-404. 1 engraved folding plate. Dis-bound. Very good. FUNDAMENTAL PROPERTY OF THE LEVER Morrison-Low, "Published writings of Sir David Brewster: a bibliography," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', No. 184. See: DSB, II, pp. 451-454. View more info

"On new properties of heat, as exhibited in its propagation along plates of glass."

By: BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868).

Price: $65.00

Publisher: Extracted from:, The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Vol. 106, [1816].: 1816

Seller ID: S3653


260 x 202 mm. 4to. Pages 45-114. 1 table, 4 engraved plates. Dis-bound. Very good. Morrison-Low, "Published writings of Sir David Brewster: a bibliography," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', No. 205. See: DSB, II, pp. 451-454. View more info

"On the action of transparent bodies upon the differently coloured rays of light."

By: BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868).

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Extracted from:, The Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 8, [1818].: 1818

Seller ID: S3654


287 x 225 mm. 4to. Pages (1)-23. Dis-bound. Very good. Morrison-Low, "Published writings of Sir David Brewster: a bibliography," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', No. 225. See: DSB, II, pp. 451-454. View more info

"Description of a new darkening glass for solar observations, which has also the property of polarising the whole of the transmitted light."

By: BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868).

Price: $45.00

Publisher: Extracted from:, The Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 8, [1818].: 1818

Seller ID: S3655


287 x 225 mm. 4to. Pages (25)-29. 1 fig. Dis-bound. Very good. Morrison-Low, "Published writings of Sir David Brewster: a bibliography," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', No. 226. See: DSB, II, pp. 451-454. View more info

"On the optical properties of muriate of soda, fluate of lime, and the diamond, as exhibited in their action upon polarised light." with: "On a new optical and mineralogical property of calcareous spar."

By: BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868).

Price: $50.00

Publisher: Extracted from:, The Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 8, [1818].: 1818

Seller ID: S3656


281 x 226 mm. 4to. Pages (157)-164; (165)-169. 1 engraved plate. Dis-bound. Very good. FIRST EDITION. In late 1815 Brewster published his recognition that Biot and Laplace had elaborated force theories to account for double refraction. In this second paper, Brewster promulgated his discovery that heat and mechanical stress could produce double refraction in glass. Thus, the application of external pressure could realign the forces internal to a piece of glass. Force, to Brewster, seemed responsible for light-matter interaction. See: Cantor, "Brewster on the nature of light," in: Morri... View more info

"On the effects of compression and dilatation in altering the polarising structure of doubly refracting crystals."

By: BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868).

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Extracted from:, The Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 8, [1818].: 1818

Seller ID: S3657


284 x 224 mm. 4to. Pages (281)-286. 1 table. Dis-bound. Very good. Morrison-Low, "Published writings of Sir David Brewster: a bibliography," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', No. 229. See: DSB, II, pp. 451-454. View more info

"Account of the native hydrate of magnesia, discovered by Dr. Hibbert in Shetland."

By: BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868).

Price: $40.00

Publisher: Extracted from:, The Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Vol. 9, [1823].: 1823

Seller ID: S3659


283 x 226 mm. 4to. Pages (239)-242. Dis-bound. Very good. Morrison-Low, "Published writings of Sir David Brewster: a bibliography," in: Morrison-Low and Christie, 'Martyr of science', No. 294. See: DSB, II, pp. 451-454. View more info

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A Treatise on Magnetism, Forming the Article Under that head in the seventh edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.

By: BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868).

Price: $100.00

Publisher: Edinburgh:, Adam and Charles Black, 1837.: 1837

Seller ID: RW1021


Tall 12mo. viii, 365, [3] pp. Frontis. folding map, 106 figs. Green gilt-stamped cloth; upper cover stained. Armorial bookplate of Mattw. Paul Moyle. Very good. Separate edition. "The chapters on terrestrial magnetism and magnetic instruments are of special interest." – Wheeler Gift. Provenance: Matthew Paul Moyle (1788-1880), meteorologist and writer on mining, was born at Chacewater, Cornwall, 4 October 1788, and educated at Guy's and St. Thomas's Hospitals. "He became a member of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1809, and was afterwards in practice at Helston in Cornwall... View more info

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More Worlds than One; The Creed of the Philosopher and the Hope of the Christian.

By: BREWSTER, Sir David (1781-1868).

Price: $600.00

Publisher: London:, John Murray, 1854.: 1854

Inscription: Signed

Seller ID: RW1023


Sm. 8vo. vii, [1], 262, 32 pp. Original blue blind- and gilt- stamped cloth; joints reinforced. Inscribed, lightly, "Professor Whewell." Very good. WHEWELL'S COPY OF BREWSTER'S REFUTATION OF HIS OWN WORK. First edition. Brewster was a Scottish polymath principally interested in optics (he invented the kaleidoscope) and mathematics, though he was also a noted astronomer and historian of science. This book was intended as a rebuttal to what Brewster perceived to be religious obstructionism in the realm of astronomy, and more broadly to argue that the earth is not the only inhabited plan... View more info