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        The Newtonian System of the World, the Best Model of Government: An Allegorical Poem. With a plain and intelligible Account of the System of the World, by Way of Annotations... To which is added, Cambria's Complaint Against the Intercalary Day in the Leap-Year.

      Westminster: Printed by A. Campbell for J. Roberts 1728.. First edition, small 4to, (iv), 46 pp, lacking the 2 leaf dedication at the beginning and the final leaf (advertisement and errata), but with the text of the poem complete. 3 folding plates, one with an old repair, some light foxing, title page soiled with minor loss to one corner, later bookplate. 19th century half sheep, marbled boards, Elected a fellow of the Royal Society in 1714, Desaguliers contributed papers on colour and the barometer to Philosophical Transactions, lectured widely to general audiences and was "held in great esteem" (DNB) by Newton. This poem, published the year after Newton's death, celebrates his achievements with copious footnotes explaining the science in some detail. Foxon D234.

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        La henriade. a londres, 1728.

      Cm. 28, pp. (8) 10, 202. Grande vignetta al frontespizio, antiporta figurata, grandi testate, finalini e 10 belle tavole fuori testo, il tutto inciso in rame da Cochin. Tardieu, Dupuis e altri. Legatura coeva in piena pelle marrone, dorso con titoli su tassello e fregi in oro. Piatti inquadrati da filetti a secco. Ex libris nobiliare. Dorso ben restaurato. Esemplare genuino e ben conservato, Edizione in cui appare per la prima volta il titolo ""La Henriade"", di molto corretta rispetto all'originale del 1723 il quale portava il titolo: La ligue ou Henry Le Grand..."". Si tratta inoltre della prima edizione figurata. Esemplare che contiene le pagine con l'elenco dei sottoscrittori presenti solo in alcune delle copie censite. Cfr. Cohen-Ricci, 1025 e Le Petit (p. 535): ""Cette édition de luxe, la première qui porte le titre La Henriade, est aussi la première qui ait éte corrigée avec soin et revue par Voltaire. Elle présente un texte parfois différent de celui de l'édition de 1723 et des suivantes, et partout ce texte est beaucoup plus correct. Cette belle édition peut donc etre considérée comme la prèmiere vraiment authentique...". Edizione assai rara, da non confondersi con l'impressione (in-8) apparsa qualche settimana più tardi cui lo stesso Voltaire diede il permesso di stampa e che porta gli stessi dati tipografici ma nella quale non sono presenti le tavole.

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        Lectiones opticae annis MDCLXIX, MDCLXX & MDCLXXI. In scholis publicis habitae: et nunc primum ex MSS. in lucem editae.London: William Innys for the Royal Society, 1729.

      First Latin and first complete edition of Newton's Lucasian lectures on optics. Although the English edition (1728) preceded the Latin, this was the first to publish the complete lectures (including the second part). Norman 1594.<br/><br/> The <i>Lectiones opticae</i> fall into two parts. The first, 'The refraction of light rays,' is based largely on Barrow's own Lucasian lectures on optics, which Newton had edited and seen through the press in 1669. They dealt with the geometrical aspects of reflection and refraction, and were intended to form a solid foundation for the second part, 'The origin of colours', which dealt with the compound nature of white light and the different refrangibility of colours. This second part was based on experiments he had performed starting in 1666; a terse announcement of the results had been published in the <i>Philosophical Transactions</i> in 1672. It was the controversy that greeted the publication of this paper, which went on for some six years, that had soured his attitude to 'the Presse'. <br/><br/> "Following Newton's death in 1727, it was decided by his family and followers to publish the lectures. The first part, dealing with geometrical optics, appeared in English translation in 1728. The second part, on colours, was omitted on the grounds that it 'was left imperfect' and, in an improved form, had already been published in the <i>Opticks</i> (1704). The present <i>editio princeps</i>, containing the complete series of lectures, "was prepared initially from the copy belonging to David Gregory. Errors, however, were noted when the manuscript was compared with the original in the [University Library] and publication was consequently delayed to allow for corrections to be made. The work is divided into thirty-one lectures, the first of which is dated January 1670" (Gjertsen, p. 410). <br/><br/> Although the colour theory had been published 25 years earlier in <i>Opticks</i>, the <i>Lectiones</i> are far from being of merely historical interest as they contain the mathematical treatment of the subject which had been omitted from </i>Opticks</i>. "Newton completely reworked his material [when writing <i>Opticks</i>], and some parts of his semi-popular argument could not have stood mathematically without reference to the lectures (in the posthumous editions of <i>Opticks</i> such cross-references were inserted, the Optical Lectures being by then accessible in print). There is a tight, precise, scientific quality about the lectures, written when much of the experimental work was still very fresh in Newton's mind, which the <i>Opticks</i> seems to lack, for all its far greater readability and, on many points, greater clarity. It is not altogether our hindsight that presents the lectures to us as the taut and enthusiastic work of an eager young man, setting his experimental discoveries and new conceptions before his audience with as much vigour as the academic circumstances allowed, while <i>Opticks</i> reads like the emotion of discovery recollected in tranquillity; it is the book of a middle-aged man who has pondered long and deeply on his topic and is not very unhappy to skate lightly over certain difficult passages" (Hall, pp. 57-8). <br/><br/> The manuscript of Lectiones opticae in Cambridge University Library is not in Newton's own hand but in that of John Wickins, Newton's 'chamber fellow' as a Cambridge student and his closest friend for some twenty years. <br/><br/> Babson 155; Wallis 191; ESTC T18664. D.Gjertsen, Newton Handbook, 1986; A. R. Hall, All was light, 1993 (see pp. 48-59 for a detailed comparison of the content of the Lectiones opticae and Opticks).. 4to (220 x 160 mm), pp xii, 144, [145]-[152], 153-291, [5, Addenda and corrigenda], with 14 engraved plates. Contemporary calf, corners a little bumped, lower right corner of front board with some wear, bookplate of Edward Neville da Costa Andrade (1887-1971), English physicist and bibliophile, on front paste-down. Marginal worming in first and last few leaves, not affecting text, very crisp and fresh

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