5 December 2008
MACLAURIN, Colin (1698-1746). An Account of Sir Isaac Newton's Philosophical Discoveries, in four Books. London: printed for the author's children, 1748.
4o (251 x 198 mm). Half-title, 6 engraved folding plates. Contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt lettered morocco spine label.
FIRST EDITION of this popularisation of the Principia. "Gifted with a genius for geometrical investigation second only to Newton" (DSB), Maclaurin was the perfect canditate to write about Newton's discoveries for a broad public. Babson 85.
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