Lot 53 of 222:
Gregory's Astronomy with Newton's Lunar Theory, 1702  

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Title:
Astronomiae Physicae & Geometricae Elementa
Author:
Gregory, David
Place:
Oxoniae
Publisher:
Theatro Sheldoniano
Date:
1702
Description:

[12], 494, [2] pp. Numerous diagrams in the text. Large engraved vignette on title page. (folio) 35.3x22.8 cm (13¾x9"), period calf. First Edition.

The present work is notable for a number of reasons, being the first astronomical textbook on gravitational principles, and is important for containing the first publication of Newton's paper "Lunae theoria", the original statement of Newton's lunar theory. The author, David Gregory, was one of Newton's closest friends and associates. Two ink ownership signatures on title-page. Babson 71; Houzeau & Lancaster 9240; Sotheran I, 1652.

Lot Amendments
Condition:
Leather worn and somewhat pock-marked, front cover detached; title page places on a stub, a few short tears including split along lower impression mark of vignette; first 30 or so leaves lightly dampstained in upper corner; internally very good, overall quite clean, worthy of restoration.
 
Item number:
286243a
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