NEWTON, ISAAC. 1643-1727.
The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy. London: Benjamin Motte, 1729.
2 volumes. 8vo (194 x 111 mm). , 320; , 393, , viii, 71, [1 errata] pp. "The Laws of the Moon's Motion" section by John Machin bound at the end of volume 2. With 2 engraved allegorical frontispieces, 47 engraved folding charts on full aprons, 2 folding tables, other illustrations and tables in text. Modern full speckled calf antique, spines gilt-lettered, morocco spine labels. Frontispieces remounted, closed tear to pl 8 (vol 1), some pale gutter dampstain, plates in vol 2 toned, minor occasional soiling, narrow marginal worming to last few leaves of vol 1.
Provenance: G. Morland (ownership inscription to vol 1); James Irwin (ownership inscription to vol 2, dated 1793).
FIRST EDITION OF THE PRINCIPIA IN ENGLISH. First published in Latin in 1687, followed by a second edition in 1713, this translation was made by Andrew Motte. He was the brother of the printer Benjamin Motte, and the author of A Treatise of the Mechanical Powers (1727). "The Principia is generally described as the greatest work in the history of science. Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler had certainly shown the way; but where they described the phenomena they observed, Newton explained the underlying laws" (PMM 161). Babson 20; Wallis 23.