Paris; Leipzig: A. Franck, 1847 [vol. 1 & 2]; 1850 [vol. 3 & 4]. First editions. 4 volumes. 8vos., [vol. 1] [viii], iv, 404 pp.; [vol. 2] [vi], 401-902 pp.; [vol. 3] [iv], 903-1301 pp.; [vol. 4] [iv], 1297-1856 pp.; illustrated with diagrams and figures, formulas, etc. Later quarter calf and cloth over boards. Intermittent foxing; p. 49 - 80 in volume one are deeply toned. A very good set. Item #53204
Formerly of the Society of Jesuits, Moigno (1804 - 1884) left in 1844 to become a school chaplain. An associate of David Brewster and the founder of the popular science magazine, LE COSMOS, in 1852. After a visit to the Royal Polytechnic in London in 1854, he began his lifelong enthusiasm for the use of projected images to illustrate lectures; hence his nickname, "the Apostle of Projection."
This work was the culmination of all previous knowledge of optics, including photographic lenses. His research included the mathematical theory of light, color, etc. It is the foundation work for photographic optics.
Roosens and Salu No. 5263.