BREWSTER, Sir David. A Treatise on Optics. 8, , x, 383 pp. Illustrated with an additional engraved title-page plus 176 text illustrations. 12mo., 172 x 100 mm, bound in original cloth, later paper label on spine. London: Longmans, & c., 1831.
First Edition of this study of optics, especially notable for influencing J.M.W. Turner. "Brewster was one of the theorists who was advocating an alternative to the Newtonian system. His main importance for Turner was that he provided the artist with a fully scientific argument for the three primaries, and he did this from a standpoint of admiration for Newton rather than from crude anti-Newtonianism. Brewster's writings, particularly his Optics (1831), contained a sustained, considerable and highly influential challenge to Newton's conception of colour..." (Kemp, The Science of Art, pp. 300-301).
Not in Birren.
Item nr. 143617