The Edinburgh Journal of Science

  • Brewster, David
  • Edinburgh: William Blackwood, John Thomson, Thomas Clark 1825


SKU: 1822 Category: Tag:


12 vols. 8vo, pp. [ii], iv, 388; [ii], iv, 388; [ii], 387, [1]; [ii], 382; [ii], 392; [ii], 382; [ii], 378; [ii], iv, iv, 382; [ii], iii, [i], iii, [i], 382; [ii], ii, [ii], iii, [i], 378; [ii], ii, [ii], [iii]-iv, 378; [ii], iv, 378 + 52 plates. Contemporary half calf, marbled boards, spines divided by raised bands surrounded by gilt rules, red morocco labels to spines, edges sprinkled red (binding styles slightly different on the first 7 and last 5 vols.). Lightly spotted, plates foxed. Extremities a bit chipped and marked, several joints cracked but holding, one vol. with spine covering loosening. Bookplate of New College Library, Edinburgh to pastedown of vol 3, new series, stamp of same to verso of title page of volume 7


A broken run of David Brewster's influential scientific journal, consisting of volumes 2-4 and 6-9 of the original series and volumes 1-5 of the new series. Many of the scientific questions of the age are taken up in these pages - contributions from Charles Babbage, John James Audubon and George Cuvier sit alongside various observations of earthquakes and eclipses, essays on electricity, English science and albino elephants, and Robert Stevenson's account of the construction of the Bell Rock lighthouse. Editor David Brewster (1781-1868) was a scientist himself, 'regarded by contemporaries as one of the pre-eminent international scientific figures' (ODNB), though his lasting influence may be more from his science history, editorial work, and popular science writing.

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