Dioptrica nova. A treatise of dioptricks, in two parts. Wherein the various effects and appearances of spherick glasses, both convex and concave, single and combined, in telescopes and microscopes, together with their usefulness in many concerns of humane life, are explained. 2nd edition. 2 Teile in 1 Band.
(24,5 x 19 cm). (16) 184 S.; SS. (185)-301 (2) S. Mit 43 gefalteten Kupfertafeln. Moderner Halblederband im Stil der Zeit.
London, Tooke, 1709.
Zweite Ausgabe des ersten englischen Werkes über Optik. - "Molyneux wrote his best-known scientific work, the 'Dioptrica nova', the first treatise on optics published in English. Printed at London in 1692, it was intended as a complete and clear treatise of current optical knowledge independent of any hypothesis concerning the nature of light. Appended to it was Halley's famous theorem for finding the foci of lenses (SS. 295-301). A popular text, it was reprinted in 1709 and provided a scientific base for Berkley's 'Essay Towards a New Theory of Vision'. The book was widely distributed, and Molyneux personally sent copies to Newton, Halley, Locke, Hooke, Boyle, Flamsteed, and Huygens. Its publication ended his friendship with Flamsteed, who according to Molyneux, took umbrage at the lack of prominence accorded his work" (DSB). - Tafeln 39 und 40 doppelt vorhanden. - Papierbedingt stellenweise etwas gebräunt bzw. stockfleckig. Ein Blatt mit kleinem Ausriss im unteren weißen Rand, sonst gut erhalten. - DSB 9, 464