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NEWTON, Sir Isaac (1642-1727). Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica. Editio secunda, edited by Roger Cotes (1682-1716). Cambridge: [printed by Cornelius Crownfield at the University Press], 1713.
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NEWTON, Sir Isaac (1642-1727). Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica. Editio secunda, edited by Roger Cotes (1682-1716). Cambridge: [printed by Cornelius Crownfield at the University Press], 1713.

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NEWTON, Sir Isaac (1642-1727). Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica. Editio secunda, edited by Roger Cotes (1682-1716). Cambridge: [printed by Cornelius Crownfield at the University Press], 1713.

4° (238 x 185mm). Title with engraved device, folding engraved plate of the cometary orbit, woodcut diagrams in text. (Small stain on title, circa 60 leaves and folding plate lightly waterstained, a few light marginal spots.) Contemporary calf gilt, single fillet on sides, spine decorated gilt in compartments with floral and foliate designs, black morocco lettering-piece (front joints cracked but cords firmly holding, very lightly rubbed). Provenance: G.W. Chad, 26 June 1800 (signature on title) — Sir Willoughby Jones, Baronet, Cranmer Hall, Norfolk (bookplate and inscription 'purchased at sale of G.W. Chard’s books, July 1874’).

The second edition, EXPANDED AND CORRECTED. Published twenty-six years after the first, this second edition of Newton's Principia was printed at the Cambridge University Press, which Richard Bentley had recently revived. Edited by Roger Cotes, it contains his important preface in which he attacks the Cartesian philosophy ‘and refutes an assertion that Newton’s theory of attraction is a causa occulta’ (Babson). There is also a second preface by Newton, and substantial additions, the chapters on the lunar theory and the theory of comets being much enlarged. About 750 copies of this edition were printed. Babson 12; Wallis II, 8; ESTC T93210.
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