22 June 2010
NEWTON, Isaac. The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended. To Which is Prefix'd, a Short Chronicle from the First Memory of Things in Europe, to the Conquest of Persia by Alexander the Great. London: J. Tonson, J. Osborn and T. Longman, 1728.
4o (283 x 223 mm). Engraved head-piece and initial by P. Foudrinier, 3 folding engraved plates (some minor darkening). 20th-century calf gilt (rebacked). Provenance: Los Angeles, Classical Center (ink stamp on front flyleaf); Los Angeles, City School Library (blind stamp on first leaf of text).
"THE GREEK ANTIQUITIES ARE FULL OF POETICAL FICTIONS, BECAUSE THE GREEKS WROTE NOTHING IN PROSE, BEFORE THE CONQUEST OF ASIA BY CYRUS THE PERSIAN" (Newton, page one)
FIRST EDITION, LARGE-PAPER COPY, probably for presentation. "Newton attempts to determine the dates of ancient events from astronomical considerations and indicates the manner in which astronomy might be used to verify views on the chronological points derived in the main from Ptolemy, which were held in his time... The Chronicle was originally written at the request of the Princess of Wales, on condition that it should not be published" (Babson 214). Wallis 309.
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