Cambridge: University Press, 1838. 8vo. vii, [iii], 170 pp., including leaf of errata. FIRST EDITION. With 8 plates. Contemporary half-calf over cloth boards, spine label, worn; other than foxing to paste-downs, interior clean. Bookplate of Airedale College Library. Item #15388
First edition. In a series of short chapters, Griffin defines properties and dispersion of light, and treats all aspects of reflection and refraction. He then delves much deeper into the mathematical properties of light rays, as well as geometrical and physical optics. A large section is devoted to vision optical instruments, with a final piece on rainbows.
Griffin (1815-1892), educated at Cambridge and a Fellow at St. John’s College, worked as a private tutor and was the author of several important textbooks on optics and mathematics.