Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1972. Hardcover. Two volumes (complete), quarto size, 965 pp. Fine / near fine. Item #CNJL2227
Sir Isaac Newton (1642 - ca. 1726), author of "The Principia" remains one of the most influential scientists in history, an important figure in the scientific revolution and the one generally credited with having discovered the laws of motion and gravity.
"No work of science has drawn more attention from philosophers than Newton's Principia" (n.b., quote from the web site of Stanford University's "Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy"). This two-volume set is the first to attempt to enable the reader to easily see the evolution of the work, beginning with the MS draft of the first edition (published in 1687) to the publication of the third edition (in 1726). An indispensable tool for any student of science.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full black cloth over boards, silver lettering and rules on the spines, presented is a photographic reprint of the final version of the third edition displaying on the same page the variant readings from the seven other texts, with series of appendices providing additional material on the development of the "Principia" and a bibliography of the "Principia"; quarto size (11.25" by 8 3/8"), pagination: Volume I, [i-iv] v-xlii, 1-547; Volume II, [i-vii] 548-916. The dust jackets of olive with white borders on the front panels and spine, black and white lettering, back panels a summary of Bernard Cohen's "Introduction to Newton's 'Principia' ", front flaps a summary of the work, rear flaps blank (note the dust jackets have no printed price).
___CONDITION: Volumes fine, with clean boards without wear, straight corners without rubbing, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the interiors are clean and bright, and both volumes entirely free of prior owner markings; some light dustiness to the text block edges, else fine. The unclipped (and unpriced) dust jackets just a shade below fine, clean and entire, without noticeable edgewear; a hint of sunning to the spines and one very small light mark to the spine of Volume I, else fine.
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