NEWTON, ISAAC. 1642-1727. The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. Translated by Andrew Motte. To Which are Added, the Laws of the Moon's Motion, according to Gravity. London: Benjamin Motte, 1729.
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NEWTON, ISAAC. 1642-1727.
The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. Translated by Andrew Motte. To Which are Added, the Laws of the Moon's Motion, according to Gravity. London: Benjamin Motte, 1729.
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NEWTON, ISAAC. 1642-1727.
The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. Translated by Andrew Motte. To Which are Added, the Laws of the Moon's Motion, according to Gravity. London: Benjamin Motte, 1729.
2 volumes. 8vo (197 x 118 mm). [38], 320; [2], 393, [11], viii, 71, [1] pp. With 46 (of 47) folding engraved plates and two folding charts. Titles, frontispieces, and plate xxv in vol. 1 supplied in facsimile. Modern sprinkled leather, spines gilt. Light damp-stain touching first half of vol 1, a few plates very lightly soiled or spotted, first few leaves of each volume faintly foxed.
Provenance: J. Cunningham (ownership inscription dated 1830).

FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF NEWTON'S "PRINCIPIA", widely regarded to be the greatest work in the history of science. Motte's translation is highly regarded, and subsequent scholars have made revisions and corrections to the later editions, rather than undertake a new translation themselves. Babson 20; PMM 161; Wallis 23.

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  • The lacking plate (pl xxv) is the one supplied in facsimile. The ownership signature is in volume 1; the edges of volume 1 are stained yellow, the edges of volume 2 are stained green.
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