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Opticks: Or, A Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions and Colours of Light. Also two treatises of the species and magnitude of curvilinear figures.
for Sam. Smith and Benj. Walford, printers to the Royal Society, London, 1704. 4to (244 x 191 mm). 181 leaves, [4] 1-144, 1-137 [1] 138 [1] 139-211 [1] pp. Signatures: (pi)2, A-S4, Aa-Bb4 Dd-Zz4, Aaa-Ddd4, Eee2 + single leaf inserted before Tt2 being the divisional title to Enumeratio linearum tertii ordinis. Title printed in red and black, 19 folding engraved plates. Contemporary polished panelled calf, expertly rebacked with the original backstrip and red morocco gilt-lettered label laid down, red-sprinkled edges, corners strengthened, slight wear to extremities. Text crisp and clean throughout, faint dampstain spots to a few upper blank margins near gutter, upper margin of 6 plates closely trimmed, partly affecting heading of plate Curvarum Tab. II. Provenance: Harrison D. Horblit (his bookplate to first flyleaf); Thomas Vroom (pictotrial bookplate to front pastedown). A wide margined and internally exceptionally crisp copy. ---- Babson/Macomber 132; Wallis 174; Sparrow, Milestones of Science 150; Dibner, Heralds of Science 148; Horblit 79b; PMM / Printing and the Mind of Man 172; Norman 1588. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE of Newton's important optical discoveries in collected form. "Newton's Opticks did for light what his Principia had done for gravitation, namely, placed it on a scientific basis" (E.W. Brown, quoted in Babson). "Opticks is also distinguished in two other ways: the first edition contained Newton's first mathematical papers in print [.] and in the later editions it was embellished with a set of 'Queries' long supposed to represent Newton's opinions on the c … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Milestones of Science Books [Ritterhude, Germany]
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