Snow Crystals. (FIRST EDITION.)

BENTLEY, W. A. [Wilson Alwyn] (1865-1931) & W. J. [William Jackson] HUMPHREYS (1862-1949):

Editorial: New York: McGraw-Hill, 1931., 1931
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FIRST EDITION (stated on title page). ix, 227 pp; plates (containing approx. 2,500 photomicrographs). Original cloth, gilt snowflake on front cover, folio (32 x 25 cm). Ex-library: embossed stamp on title page. Label on spine, clear taped over. Bookplate on front pastedown, pouch on rear pastedown. Else Very Good. 'Wilson Alwyn 'Snowflake' Bentley (February 9, 1865 – December 23, 1931), born in Jericho, Vermont, United States is one of the first known photographers of snowflakes. He perfected a process of catching flakes on black velvet in such a way that their images could be captured before they either melted or sublimed. . . . He first became interested in snow crystals as a teenager on his family farm. He tried to draw what he saw through an old microscope given to him by his mother when he was fifteen. The snowflakes were too complex to record before they melted, so he attached a bellows camera to a compound microscope and, after much experimentation, photographed his first snowflake on January 15, 1885. He would capture over 5,000 images of crystals in his lifetime. Each crystal was caught on a blackboard and transferred rapidly to a microscope slide. Even at subzero temperatures, snowflakes are ephemeral because they sublime. Bentley poetically described snowflakes as 'tiny miracles of beauty' and snow crystals as 'ice flowers.' Despite these poetic descriptions, Bentley brought a highly objective eye to his work, similar to the German photographer Karl Blossfeldt (1865–1932) who photographed seeds, seed pods, and foliage. Bentley's work gained attention in the last few years of the nineteenth century. Harvard Mineralogical Museum acquired some of his photomicrographs. In collaboration with George Henry Perkins, professor of natural history at the University of Vermont, Bentley published an article in which he argued that no two snowflakes were alike. This concept caught the public imagination and he published other articles in magazines, including National Geographic, Nature, Popular Science, and Scientific American. His photographs have been requested by academic institutions worldwide. In 1931 Bentley worked with William J. Humphreys of the U.S. Weather Bureau to publish Snow Crystals, a monograph illustrated with 2,500 photographs' (Wikipedia). Also see Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Snowflake Bentley (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1998); John Hannavy, Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography, 1, 2007, p. 149; Fred Moreno, 'Wilson Bentley: The Man Who Studied Snowflakes' (Update, New York Academy of Sciences, June/July/August 2005, pp. 8-9); Wilson Snowflake Bentley – Photographer of Snowflakes (Jericho Historical Society, 2004). N° de ref. de la librería 23802

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Título: Snow Crystals. (FIRST EDITION.)

Editorial: New York: McGraw-Hill, 1931.

Año de publicación: 1931

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: No Jacket

Edición: 1st Edition

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