Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1816. Hardcover. First Edition. 452, 440, 448 pp. 8vo. Volumes I & II have blue paper boards with a brown tape spine; Volume III has the same brown paper spine, but with brown leather covers, also has marbled endpapers. Light scuffing from shelf wear. Clean within. Numerous plates and illustrations, some folding. Text in French. Very Good.
Augustin-Jean Fresnel's (1788-1827) first published paper on light. In it he repeated with more precision the diffraction experiment first performed by Thomas Young, thus supporting the wave theory of light. He also provided the basis for determining the wavelength of light by establishing the algebraic relationship between the wavelength and the spacing of diffraction fringes and made the first tentative speculation about the transverse nature of light waves.
Also contains André Ampère's “D’une Classification naturelle pour les Corps simples” (Annales de Chimie et de Physique 1 pp. 295–308, 1816); “Suite de l’Essai d’une Classification naturelle pour les Corps simples” (Volume I, pp. 373–394, 1816); and “Suite d’une Classification naturelle pour les Corps simples” (Volume II, pp. 5–32 & 105–125, 1816).