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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.

Second edition of Newton’s great mathematical work, substantially revised and enlarged, and including the first appearance of Newton’s General Scholium, in which he ‘sums up the purpose and accomplishment of the work’ (Babson). It was edited by Roger Cotes, first Plumian professor of astronomy and experimental philosophy at Cambridge, and the two men examined afresh 'virtually all aspects of Newton's work’ (ODNB). Among other important additions are Cotes’s own preface attacking Cartesian philosophy and greatly expanded chapters on lunar theory and the theory of comets. Babson 12; Wallis II, 8; ESTC T93210.

Quarto (233 x 189mm). Title with engraved printer’s device, folding engraved plate of cometary orbit, numerous woodcut diagrams in the text (a few small spots in quire C, small marginal repairs in title and b1). Modern vellum, red sprinkled edges.
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