Amsterdam: Joannem Janssonium, 1671.
Second Edition. Hardcover (Vellum). Fair Condition. Item #045692
Full vellum soiled, spine heavily worn, inner joint cracked, text browned throughout with scattered mostly minor wear and soiling, with 3 engraved plates (lacking the portrait of Johann Friedrich Graf Wladstein, and the folding Jesuit horoscope). Worn spot to title. (32), 810, (9)pp with very frequent mispagination. Graesse IV, 21, Ferguson I 369
With the bookplate of Enoch Karrer, and gift label to Wilhelm Reich from Aurora Karrer dated 1955 to pastedown, and the signature of Wilhelm Reich on front free endpaper (detached and torn). Karrer was the last of the women in Reich's life; a remarkable association of two very unique minds separated by 3 centuries.
Dealing with all manner of optics, The Great Work of Light and Shadow covers an amazing amount of ground from Kircher's famed camera obscura and its use in Renaissance painting to astronomy, color, mirrors and sundials and Archimedes' famous lens used to light attacking ships on fire. Size: Folio. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 2-3 kilos. Category: Science & Technology; Antiquarian & Rare. Inventory No: 045692.