Paris: Librarie Encyclopédie de Roret, 1839. First French edition. 24 mo., 286 pp., 2 folding engraved plates, in seven panels each. Bound with 90 pp. catalogue for ENCYCLOPÉDIE DE RORET dated June 1857. Quarter-morocco with tips and marbled paper over boards; spine with raised bands, gilt title on spine. Moderate wear along joints with the front partially cracked, but firm; intermittent foxing. The original front wrapper with engraved vignette is bound in. Very good. Item #25909
This edition was published the same year that photography was introduced and includes information on optics, optical illusions, magic lanterns and phantasmagorica, aerial images, mechanics, acoustics and hycostatics, etc. This is the first French edition of Brewster's LETTERS ON NATURAL MAGIC.