NEWTON (ISAAC) Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica... Editio secunda auctior et emendatior, PRESENTATION COPY FROM NEWTON TO HIS CHAMBER-FELLOW JOHN WICKINS, Cambridge, [Cornelius Crownfield at the University Press], 1713

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NEWTON (ISAAC)
Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica... Editio secunda auctior et emendatior, PRESENTATION COPY FROM NEWTON TO HIS CHAMBER-FELLOW JOHN WICKINS, Cambridge, [Cornelius Crownfield at the University Press], 1713

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NEWTON (ISAAC)
Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica... Editio secunda auctior et emendatior, PRESENTATION COPY FROM NEWTON TO HIS CHAMBER-FELLOW JOHN WICKINS, inscribed in Wickins' hand "Ex dono Authoris" on the front free endpaper, edited by Roger Cotes, folding engraved plate, numerous diagrams in text, contemporary calf, covers panelled with black central frame and foliate corner-pieces, rubbed, upper joint cracked and blackened reaching spine [Babson 12; Wallis 8], 4to, Cambridge, [Cornelius Crownfield at the University Press], 1713

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  • THE CAMBRIDGE EDITION OF NEWTON'S PRINCIPIA, PRESENTED TO HIS AMANUENSIS AND COLLABORATOR AT TRINITY.

    John Wickins was one of few significant friendships that Newton made at Trinity College, Cambridge. They shared chambers from 1665 until March 1683, when Wickins left to take up the living of Stoke Edith in Monmouthshire. According to Wickins' son Nicholas, "My father's intimacy with [Newton] came by mere accident. My father's first chamber-fellow being very disagreeable to him, he retired one day into the walks, where he found Mr. Newton solitary and dejected. Upon entering into discourse, they found their cause of retirement the same, and thereupon agreed to shake off their present disorderly companions and chum together, which they did as soon as conveniently they could, and so continued as long as my father staid at college..." (Brewster, D. Memoirs of the Life, Writings, and Discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton, Edinburgh, 1855, vol. 2, chapter XVI).

    Wickins functioned as Newton's amanuensis, copying up his notes, turning their rooms into a laboratory and acting as his unpaid assistant, a task which was often arduous and dangerous. They worked together on Newton's third telescope (the so-called 'Newton-Wickins' telescope) built 1671-72, the telescope he had by him when he was writing the four Lucasian lectures which appeared in the 1704 Opticks, and in 1729 as the Lectiones Opticae. It has long been thought that after Wickins' move from Cambridge in 1683-4, their friendship came to an end (though Wickins and his son carried on administering a charitable fund provided by Newton). However, the present volume, and the related adjacent lot, suggest a much closer relationship, where Newton continued to recognise the contributions of his chamber-fellow some forty years later.

    The following manuscripts form a comparison for the handwriting of Wickins: Cambridge Newton Ms Add. 3970, ff.460-6, and Newton Ms Add. 3970, ff.549-76; National Library of Israel Yahuda Ms. 23; Wickins' manuscript notebook sold in these rooms on 31 March 2021 (lot 73).

    Provenance: John Wickins (d.1719), inscription "Ex dono Authoris" on front free endpaper; probably bequeathed to his son Nicholas Wickins (d.1733); Samuel Wickins (d.1766), ownership inscription on front pastedown; probably bequeathed to his nephew and heir-at-law Thomas Wickins (d.1800) of Stoke Edith; bequeathed to his son Thomas Wickins (1767-1842) of Bath, ownership inscription on flyleaf; probably bequeathed with the rest of his library to his friend John Williams (1794-1859), 2nd Baronet Williams of Bodelwyddan; thence to his daughter Margaret Maria Hay-Williams (1844-1930); thence by descent to the present owner.
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NEWTON (ISAAC) Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica... Editio secunda auctior et emendatior, PRESENTATION COPY FROM NEWTON TO HIS CHAMBER-FELLOW JOHN WICKINS, Cambridge, [Cornelius Crownfield at the University Press], 1713
NEWTON (ISAAC) Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica... Editio secunda auctior et emendatior, PRESENTATION COPY FROM NEWTON TO HIS CHAMBER-FELLOW JOHN WICKINS, Cambridge, [Cornelius Crownfield at the University Press], 1713
NEWTON (ISAAC) Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica... Editio secunda auctior et emendatior, PRESENTATION COPY FROM NEWTON TO HIS CHAMBER-FELLOW JOHN WICKINS, Cambridge, [Cornelius Crownfield at the University Press], 1713
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