“The Greatest Work In The History Of Science”
8. NEWTON, Isaac.
Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica.
Amsterdam, 1723. Quarto, contemporary full paneled brown calf rebacked
Second Amsterdam edition (the second continental printing), based
upon the 1713 second edition, with the addition of the Analysis per
Quantitatum Series, Fluxiones, ac Differentias, in contemporary pan-
eled calf boards.
Banned in pre-revolutionary France by a regime deeply
suspicious of all manifestations of the Enlightenment.
is generally described as the greatest work in the history
of science. Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler had certainly shown the
way; but where they described the phenomena they observed, Newton
explained the underlying universal laws… [F]or the first time a single
mathematical law could explain the motion of objects on earth as well
as the phenomena of the heavens. It was this grand conception that pro-
duced a general revolution in human thought, equaled perhaps only by
that following Darwin’s
Origin of Species
” (PMM 161). Three authorized
editions of Newton’s
were issued during his
lifetime, but demand for the work was so great on the Continent that
two unauthorized reprints were also published in Amsterdam in 1714
and 1723. Extensive notes and underlining to Preface. Interior general-
ly quite clean, expert restoration to contemporary paneled calf boards.