Boston: Gould, Kendall, and Lincoln, 1850-1871. First editions. 12mo., variable paginations, engraved frontispieces. 20 volumes. 21 years; 1850-1862, 1864-71. (1866 -67 issued as a single volume). A near complete run, lacking only the issue for 1863. All volumes bound in publisher's cloth over boards. Several volumes are ex-library with minimal markings. Some volumes have newly repaired spines with new paper labels. Item #29856
Exhibiting the most important discoveries and improvements in photography, mechanics, useful arts, natural philosophy, chemistry, astronomy, meteorology, zoology, botany, mineralogy, geology, geography, antiquities, etc. Includes a list of scientific publications, a classified list of patents, obituaries of eminent scientific men, and notes on the progress of science during the years of issue. The editorship transferred numerous times over the years.
In the Natural Philosophy section of the 1851 issue is found: Researches on Light by Prof. Stokes, Sir John Herschel, Sir David Brewster; Mr. Fox Talbot's description of his "Traveller's Camera"; Hunt on the solar agency producing chemical change; improvements of producing photographs on glass and paper; engraving from daguerreotypes; Niepce on Heliochrome; new photometer; M. Dove's and Brewster's reseraches on the stereoscopic combinaton of colors; improvements on the manufacture of lenses; the discovery that photographic "facsimiles" of bank notes could pass muster, and a description of the process used; etc. Every yearly volume contains articles on the latest advancement in photography.