Book Description

Title continues “Discovery and Manufacture of Glass: Lenses and Mirrors: [and] The Structure of the Eye.” Illustrated with six plates and engraved title. Covers lightly sunned; evidence of small label removed from front cover; 1841 gift inscription on front free endpaper; plates and adjacent pages toned, text clean and tight.
Dealer Notes
Arranged as a series of lectures, each opening with a list of items the reader should have at hand while reading, these pieces explain an idea both by discussion and by experimentation using those items; and they range well beyond the title, touching on astronomy, longitude, mosaic art, ancient history, colour science, etc., where they butt up against optics.
Hack wrote a number of educational books in the early 19th century, many, like this one, first published by her son-in-law’s firm, Darton and Harvey. They were highly regarded and some continued in print into the 1870s; they covered everything from ancient history to grammar to the sciences. There was, as might be expected from a devout woman of her time, a decidedly moral, Eurocentric, religious tone, yet the information was clear and well presented.
Author Maria Hack
Date 1834
Publisher London: Darton and Harvey
Condition A very good copy in original cloth

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