14 June 2006
NEWTON, Sir Isaac. The mathematical principles of Natural Philosophy. Translated by Andrew Motte (d. 1730). - John MACHIN (d. 1751). The Laws of the Moon's Motion, according to Gravity. London: for Benjamin Motte, 1729.
2 volumes, 8o (196 x 115 mm). 2 engraved frontispieces by A. Motte, 2 folding letterpress tables, 47 folding engraved plates, 3 engraved headpieces by Motte. (Some minor staining.) Contemporary calf gilt (rebacked, upper cover of fist volume detached). Provenance: J. Bredband (early ownership inscription).
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH of the Principia. This edition also includes an English translation of Newton's System of the World, presumably by Motte. John Machin's unsuccessful attempt to rectify Newton's lunar theory is included at the end. Babson/Newton 20; Gray 23; Wallis 23; Norman 1587. (2)
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