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NEWTON, Isaac.
Opticks: or, a Treatise of the Reflections, Refractions, Inflections and Colours of Light. The Fourth Edition, Corrected.
London: William Innys, 1730. Octavo (200 x 125 mm). Contemporary calf, rebacked to style, red morocco label. Ownership signature on front pastedown "O + Welles' Book 1762"; ownership inscription on front free endpaper verso, "A. R. Moore Rutgers 1920" with note of reback in 1940 (since rebacked again); loosely inserted letter from Moore to "Charles" presenting the book, dated February 1961, title page with faint library blind stamp and crayon shelf mark, neat notation of date (9/4/1890) on verso. Expert repair to tips, offset discolouration to endpapers, contents lightly toned with scattered foxing, small paper faults (not near text) to D3 and X3. A very good copy. Complete with terminal advertisement leaf and 12 folding plates. Fourth edition, the final and definitive edition, revised by Newton and published three years after his death. The Opticks, first published in 1704, heralded a revolution in the scientific understanding of visible light. "All previous philosophers and mathematicians had been sure that white light is pure and simple, regarding colours as modifications or qualifications of this white. Newton showed experimentally that the opposite is true. Natural white light, far from being simple, is a compound of many pure elementary colours which can be separated and recompounded at will" (PMM). "Newton's Opticks did for light what his Principia had done for gravitation, namely place it on a scientific basis" (D. W. Brown, cited in Babson). The copy of Barnabas Bidwell (1763-1833), with his presentation bookplate to his alma mater Yale College to the front pastedo … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]

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