17 June 2008
GREGORY, David (1659-1708). Astronomiae, physicae & geometricae elementa. Oxford: Sheldonian Theatre, 1702.
2o (345 x 212 mm.). Engraved device of Minerva after M. Burg to title, woodcut diagrams in text. (Some pale dampstaining in upper margin at beginning.) Contemporary sprinkled calf (a few repairs, some splitting to joints). Provenance: James Oliphant, possibly Church of Scotland minister (1734-1818, signature on title).
FIRST EDITION. The first astronomical textbook on gravitational principles, important for containing the first publication of Newton's paper "Lunae theoria", the original statement of Newton's lunar theory. Babson 71; Sotheran I:1652; Wallis 87.
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