Isaac Newton Philosophiae Naturalis Mathematica Principia 1714 Cotes 2nd Ed Nr For Sale

THE GREATEST WORK IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE – ISAAC NEWTON’S ‘PRINCIPIA’ IN THE 1714 AMSTERDAM ISSUE OF THE SECOND EDITION, THOROUGHLY REVISED, CORRECTED AND AUGMENTED BY NEWTON HIMSELF, WITH THE ADDITION, PUBLISHED FOR THE FIRST TIME, OF NEWTON’S IMPORTANT ‘SCHOLIUM GENERALE’ AND HIS CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE THEORY OF THE MOTION OF THE MOON AND THE PLANETS.

 

OFFERED WITH is an excellent example of the 1714 AMSTERDAM ISSUE OF THE SECOND EDITION OF ISAAC NEWTON’S “PHILOSOPHIAE NATURALIS PRINCIPIA MATHEMATICA,” printed at Amsterdam ‘Sumptibus Societatis’ in quarto in 1714, thoroughly revised, augmented and corrected by Newton himself and by his assistant Roger Cotes, also more correct than the Cambridge issue of the second edition, complete in all respects, in excellent condition, bound in full modern paneled calf, and ADORNED WITH A FOLDING PLATE DEPICTING THE ORBITS OF COMETS. The 5 examples of this 1714 Amsterdam issue of the second edition on ABE at present are priced between USD 13,800 and USD 25,000. In this context, it is certainly worth noting that this copy, complete and in excellent condition, is being offered without reserve. It is also worth noting that both the 1687 first edition sells for about USD 500,000 and that the second edition of the ‘Principia’ is every bit as necessary as the first edition to a comprehensive collection of science or thought.

 

From Printing and the Mind of Man: “COPERNICUS, GALILEO AND KEPLER HAD CERTAINLY SHOWN THE WAY; BUT WHERE THEY DESCRIBED THE PHENOMENA THEY OBSERVED, NEWTON EXPLAINED THE UNDERLYING UNIVERSAL LAWS. THE PRINCIPIA PROVIDED THE GREAT SYNTHESIS OF THE COSMOS, PROVING FINALLY ITS PHYSICAL UNITY. Newton showed that the important and dramatic aspects of nature that were subject to the universal law of gravitation could be explained, in mathematical terms, within a single physical theory. With him the separation of natural and supernatural, of sublunar and superlunar worlds disappeared. The same laws of gravitation and motion rule everywhere; for the first time a single mathematical law could explain the motion of objects on earth as well as the phenomena of the heavens. The whole cosmos is composed of inter- connecting parts influencing each other according to these laws.”  

The full title reads as follows:

 

“Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica. / Auctore Isaaco Newtono, Equite Aurato. / Editio Ultima / Auctior et Emendatior. / Amstaelodami / Sumptibus Societatis, / MDCCXIV [1714].”

 

This second edition was issued in 1713 at Cambridge and in 1714, in a corrected form, at Amsterdam – both in quarto. For this second edition Newton and his assistant, Roger Cotes (first Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy), undertook an extraordinary effort to produce a work superior to the first edition. According to ODNB, “VIRTUALLY ALL ASPECTS OF NEWTON'S WORK WERE THROROUGHLY AND PAINSTAKINGLY EXAMINED. After Cotes had proposed to sign his name to a preface composed by Newton, he was authorized by Newton and Bentley to sign his own preface, a lengthy and important essay outlining his own version of Newton's method.” Cotes’ preface includes an interesting reference to the New World wherein he asserts that the law of gravity functions in America exactly as it does in Europe. NEWTON HIMSELF LISTS THE MAJOR EMENDATIONS AT THE END OF HIS AUTHOR'S PREFACE. THESE CHANGES PERTAIN TO THE LAWS OF ORBITING BODIES, THE RESISTANCE OF FLUIDS, LUNAR DECLINATIONS, AND COMETS. According to Babson, "Richard Bentley, Master of the Trinity College, was instrumental in bringing out this second edition, which was edited by Roger Cotes, F.R.S. In his important preface, Cotes attacks the Cartesian philosophy, then still in vogue in the universities, and refutes an assertion that Newton's theory of attraction is a causa occulta. It contains a second preface by Newton and considerable additions, the chapters on the lunar theory and the theory of comets being much enlarged" (Babson 12). THIS SECOND EDITION OF THE ‘PRINCIPIA’ INCLUDES FOR THE FIRST TIME NEWTON'S FAMOUS ‘GENERAL SCHOLIUM,’ IN WHICH HE GIVES A GENERAL RESUME OF THE WORK. There are also, of course, numerous other additions and corrections of importance. 

 

The volume is very nicely bound in modern antique-style paneled calf with a gilt spine divided by raised bands into 6 compartments. A red morocco label adorns the second compartment from the head. The binding is in near-fine condition with strong hinges and a strong book-blocks; it is essentially without wear.

 

Internally, the volume is bright and generally in excellent condition. The very interesting early 18th century manuscript note, which is quoted above in full and which appears on the verso of the title page, shows through somewhat to the recto of the title, as may clearly be seen in the photos below. Otherwise, the pages are clean, the print is clear and crisp and the margins ample throughout.

 

The volume is complete in all respects; it is paginated [xxviii], 484, [8], plus the folding plate of comets. The volume measures 26 cm by 21 cm by 4 cm; each page measures 248 mm by 200 mm.

 

In all, this is an excellent example of the 1714 AMSTERDAM ISSUE OF THE SECOND EDITION OF ISAAC NEWTON’S “PHILOSOPHIAE NATURALIS PRINCIPIA MATHEMATICA,” printed at Amsterdam ‘Sumptibus Societatis’ in quarto in 1714, thoroughly revised, augmented and corrected by Newton himself and by his assistant Roger Cotes, also more correct than the Cambridge issue of the second edition, complete in all respects, in excellent condition, bound in full modern paneled calf, and ADORNED WITH A FOLDING PLATE DEPICTING THE ORBITS OF COMETS, and OFFERED WITH

 

 

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On Mar-16-13 at 09:31:10 PDT, seller added the following information:

PLEASE NOTE THAT, AS SHOWN IN THE PHOTOS, THE TITLE LEAF IS REINFORCED AT THE INNER MARGIN (IN A MANNER THAT DOES NOT AFFECT THE PRINTED TEXT).

On Mar-17-13 at 05:08:23 PDT, seller added the following information:

The inscription on the verso of the title page dates from the 18th century and reads as follows: "Sir Isaac Newton lays it down as an Oppinion That gross Bodyes are convertable into Light, and Light into gross Bodyes; and that Salts, Sulphurs, Tinctures, and even Loam, Clay, Sand, Stones, and other earthly Substances, are formed from the Vapours and Exhalation that arise from the Sun, the fixed Stars, and the [... indecipherable] This is the most ... [indecipherable but perjorative] conceit that ever was hatched in the head of a wise man, and is so gross and absurd a Thought that I never should expect to have found it in his works had it not appeared in the close of his Principia. What is ... [indecipherable] Cut Solids bounded by Surface." This comment refers to Newton's theory of the motions of the moon and the planets, which appears for the first time in this edition of the 'Principia.'


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