Den Haag: Adrian Vlacq, 1663.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #002971
4to (179 x 135 mm). 104 pp. Title with woodcut device, a few woodcut diagrams in text, two large decorative initials. Later simple paper wrappers, marbled edges. Text little browned throughout, a few light pencil markings, erased ownership signature on title. Very good copy. ----
Poggendorff II, 1235. FIRST EDITION of Vossius' response to the objections of Johannes de Bruyn (1620-1675) and Pierre Petit (1617-1687) against his 1662 published theory of light, De lucis natura et proprietate (see Willems 1296 and Rahir 1334). Vossius (or Voss), born in Leyden and resident in England from 1670, became a canon of the royal chapel at Windsor, despite his philosophical doubts (Charles II is reputed to have remarked of him that he would believe anything if only it were not in the Bible). He was a versatile scholar who published on many subjects including poetry, history and science, including De lucis natura, which is directed against the predominant Cartesianism and includes the first printed account of Snel's law of refraction of light rays. Snel formulated this law around 1621 after extensive study of Kepler and Risner, and through their works Ibn al-Haytham and Witelo. - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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