London, South Kensington
21 April 2016
SIR ISAAC NEWTON (1642-1727)
Opera quae extant omnia. Commentariis illustrabat Samuel Horsley. London: Joannes Nichols, 1779-1785. 5 volumes, 4° (293 x 235mm). 33 engraved plates only (of 34), woodcut diagrams throughout. (Lacking half-titles, one plate in vol. IV and the blank Y4 in vol. III, clean tear affecting 5 lines of text to leaf Bb2 in vol. V, light waterstaining in a few margins of vol.IV, occasional minor spotting and marginal soiling throughout, a little stronger in vol.V.) Contemporary diced calf (rebacked, front cover of vol.IV detached). Provenance: Royal Institution of Great Britain (gilt library stamps on spines).
FIRST AND ONLY COLLECTED EDITION of Newton’s works, containing 3 papers by the editor Bishop Horsley. 'This edition is by no means complete… but a very full collection of original texts issued in book form. It is the first to contain his important Geometria Analytica. Additions include Newton’s only printed chemical paper De Natura Acidum, a number of his letters, and, for the first time, the original text of the unfinished Methodus Fluxionum.’ (Babson). Babson 8; Brunet IV, 48; Wallis 1.
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