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The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy …
London: for H. D. Symonds,, 1803. Translated into English by Andrew Motte. To which are added, Newton's System of the World; a short Comment on, and Defence of, the Principia, by W. Emerson. With The Laws of the Moon's Motion According to Gravity. By John Machin. A new Edition, (With the Life of the Author; and a Portrait, taken from the Bust in the Royal Observatory at Greenwich) carefully revised and corrected by W[illiam]. Davis. 3 volumes, octavo (207 × 126 mm). Contemporary mottled calf, smooth spines gilt in compartments with neoclassical motifs, double red morocco labels, red edges. Engraved portrait frontispiece, 54 folding engraved plates, 2 folding letterpress tables, diagrams and letterpress tables in the text. Bookplates of Downside Abbey to pastedowns and inoffensive circular inkstamps of same to titles. Skilful repair to headcaps and joints, spines rubbed, one or two small stains or marks, but generally a very good clean copy. First complete edition in English of the Principia, the second overall. Motte's English translation, published in 1729, was the first, and for nearly three centuries, the only English translation. This second edition was revised and completed by the London mathematician and publisher William Davis (1771/2–1807). Motte's edition only covers the first two-thirds of Newton's text; this is the first translation of the entire text into English. Apart from the reissue of this edition in 1819, no further edition was published until the "modernized" version by the University of California Press in 1934. No entirely new translation was made until 1999.
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