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  1. A Treatise of the System of the World.

    A Treatise of the System of the World.

    Translated into English.
    First edition in English. Also published the same year in Latin as De Mundi Systemate and originally intended as the third book of Principia—"but that afterwards to avoid the disputes which might arise, if those who were unacquainted with the principles laid down in preceding books, and full of the prejudices which many years had made natural to them, should take it in hand, he put the substance of that book into propositions in the mathematical way, that it might be read by those only who had studied the principles beforehand" (Newton, Preface). Learn More
    £9,500

    Date of Publication: 1728

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 89645

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  2. The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy

    The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy

    Translated into English by Andrew Motte. To which are added, The Laws of the Moon's Motion, according to Gravity. By John Machin.
    First edition in English of the Principia, based on the 1726 Pemberton edition of the Latin text and dedicated to Sir Hans Sloane as President of the Royal Society. The translator Andrew Motte (1696-1734) was the son of the printer Benjamin Motte and very briefly a lecturer on geometry at Gresham College. Also included is Machin's attempt to rectify Newton's lunar theory. Learn More
    £45,000

    Date of Publication: 1729

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 89500

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