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Opticks: or, a treatise of the reflections, refractions, inflections, and colours of light.
Complete with decorative headpieces, initials, 12 folding engraved plates, woodcut diagrams in text, errata and publishers ads. Contemporary calf, rebacked, covers worn; a couple of plates with small tears repaired, some browning and soiling, but still a good sound copy. Signatures of Mary Francis and John Burridge on the title page, and the bookplate of Arnold Thackray. Third edition, corrected. Regarded as one of the great classics of optics, this work expounds Newton?s corpuscular or emission theory of light, and is the first work to contain his optical discoveries in a collected form. His set of ?queries? (the complete 31, up from 16 in the original edition of 1704) on the nature of matter was considered to be the most important feature of the Opticks and had a profound influence on scientific thought.According to Babson, page 68, ?This is a reprint of the previous edition (1718, the second issue of second edition), save for a few corrections and the addition of one passage in the last sentence referring to Noah and his sons.? (This edition was apparently shortened by Newton.) Our copy contains the two pages of publisher?s advertisements from the previous edition of 1718 (see Babson, 133).
      [Bookseller: B & L Rootenberg]
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