An uncommon early printing of this popular work on photography, originally published in 1908.
Dr. Charles R. Gibson (1870-1931) of Glasgow was a prolific author of popular science books aimed at children. The son of a curtain manufacturer, he inherited the family firm in 1900 and was able to indulge his love of science, being elected to the Royal Society of Edinburg in 1910. He is best known for his contributions to the “Romance of...” series — including volumes on electricity, manufacturing, and scientific discovery — which feature elaborately illustrated cloth bindings such as this one.
...Its Discovery and Its Achievements. With Fifty-Two Illustrations. London: Seeley, Service & Co. Limited, 1917.
Octavo. Original blue cloth elaborately blocked in white, red, and gilt. Frontispiece and 25 plates from photographs, 2 illustrations within the text. Bookseller’s ticket of John Beal & Son, Brighton, to the front pastedown. Bookplate of R. S. Burgess. Spine rolled and tanned, cloth rubbed and partially faded, ring mark to the upper board, small ink stains to the lower board, joints cracked, spotting to edges of text block and occasionally to contents. Very good condition.
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