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19 March 1999
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. 4 (285 x 231mm.), engraved headpiece and initial by P. Foudrinier, 3 folding engraved plates (title and last few plates browned, a few light spots, free front endpaper detached), contemporary calf (worn). Provenance: bookplates of Calwick Library and Abel John Ram Esq.
FIRST EDITION, LARGE PAPER COPY. "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 The Chronicle was originally written at the request of the Princess of Wales, on condition that it should not be published" (Babson). Babson 2140; Wallis 309.
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