Lot 86 of 176:
Rare Large Paper Copy of Newton's Principia 1726  

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Lot closed - Sold For:$33,000
Estimate:
$20,000 - $30,000

Title:
Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica
Author:
Newton, Isaac
Place:
London
Publisher:
Guil. & Joh. Innys
Date:
1726
Description:
[34], 530, [6] + [2] ad pp. Copper-engraved frontispiece portrait by George Vertue after I. Vanderbank; diagrams within. (4to) 11¼x8½, period calf, rebacked with modern calf, morocco spine label, marbled endpapers. Third Edition. "Larger" Paper Copy. Rare large paper issue of the last edition of the Principia issued in Newton's lifetime with his revisions. There were three issues of the third edition, noted by Andrade as "the ordinary ... 24 x 18.5 cm.; a large-paper edition 28.0 x 21.6 cm measured on my copy [the copy at hand is actually 28.5x22 cm.]...; and a magnificent largest-paper, printed for presentation, of page-size 32.6 x 23.4 cm." The number of copies produced of this "middle format" is estimated at between 50 and 200 copies, though the former figure may be more likely. Includes Newton's prefaces dated 1686, 1713, and 1725-26, and Roger Cotes' preface dated 1713. Robert Cotes' preface praises Newton's theory of attraction compared to the Cartesian conception. Newton's Principia mathematica is described in Printing and the Mind "the greatest work in the history of science." Covers Newton's famous three laws of motion as well as his treatises on fluid motion and celestial mechanics under the principle of gravitation.
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Condition:
Some aging to covers, with skillful rebacking; frontispiece foxed, occasional minor soiling within, small ink spot to fore-margins of 5 preliminary leaves, else very good, with handsome custom-made half morocco folding box.
 
Item number:
184542
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