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Newton's Principia. The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. Translated into English by Andrew Motte. To which is added Newton's System of the World; With a Life of the Author by N. W. Chittenden
Published by Daniel Adee, 176 Fulton Street [Turney & Lockwood's Stereo], New York 1846 - First American edition, the rare first printing, not even noted in Gray. The first edition was published in 1687. Frontispiece portrait taken from the bust in the Royal Observatory of Greenwich, diagrams in text. 8vo. The first English edition of Newton's "Principia" was translated by Andrew Motte, a mathematician, who with his brother Benjamin, the publisher, had edited the abridged "Philosophical transactions." This first English edition was published in 1729 from the third and definitive Latin edition of 1726. Newton's "A Treatise of the System of the World" was first published in English in 1728. The American edition bears a dedication and an introduction directed to teachers, "If to educate means, not so much to store the memory with symbols and facts, as to bring forth the faculties of the soul and to develope them to the full by healthy nurture and a hardy discipline, then, what so effective to the accomplishment of that end as the study of Geometrical Synthesis? . Let the Principia then, be gladly welcomed into every Hall where a True Teacher presides." "The greatest work in the history of science . the "Principia" provided the great systhesis of the cosmos, proving finally its physical unity . for the first time a single mathematical law could explain the motion of objects on earth as well as the phenomena of the heavens" (PMM). Babson 23; Gray 26 (citing the 1848 second printing only); Karpinski p. 491; Horblit 78; PMM 161 Original green cloth. Head of spine carefully restored, some rubbing, some light browning, mostly at front and back, a very good copy of this important work. In a leather-tipped green cloth open-end box. Bookplate of O. Stuck on endpapers Frontispiece portrait taken from the bust in the Royal Observatory of Greenwich, diagrams in text. 8vo First American edition, the rare first printing, not even noted in Gray. The first edition was published in 1687. [Attributes: First Edition]
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