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“The Greatest Work In The History Of Science”

8. NEWTON, Isaac.

Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica.

Amsterdam, 1723. Quarto, contemporary full paneled brown calf rebacked

in calf-gilt.

$15,000.

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.

“The

Principia

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

Principia Mathematica

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.

Extremely good.

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