London: Taylor & Francis, 1860. 4to. iv, [viii], 184 pp. FIRST EDITION. With 6 engraved plates, many folding. Original printed wrappers. Item #13927
First edition. Maxwell first lays out the history of the theory of compound colours, noting contributions of Newton, Helmholtz, Brewster, and others. He describes the instruments he built and his experiments, detailing the processes and results. An article by Brewster, "On the lines of the solar spectrum," also appears in this issue.
This is the complete Part I of the Philosophical Transactions for the year 1860, which, in addition to the Brewster article, also includes:
MATHIESSEN, A. & HOLZMANN, M. "On the effect of the presence of metals and metalloids upon the electric conducting power of pure copper."
MATHIESSEN, "On the electric conducting power of alloys."
MATHIESSEN, "On the specific gravity of alloys."
ANDREWS, Thomas & TAIT, Peter, "On the volumetric relations of ozone, and the action of the electrical discharge on oxygen and other gases."
DONKIN, "On the analytical theory of the attraction of solids bounded by surfaces of a hypothetical class including the ellipsoid".
SPOTTISWOODE, "On an extended form of the index symbol in the calculus of operations."
DE LA RUE, "On the resin of ficus rubiginosa, and a new homologue of Benzylic Alcohol."
CAYLEY, "On the equation of differences for an equation of any order..."
EARNSHAW, "On the mathematical theory of sound."