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NEWTON, Isaac.

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.

for Benjamin Motte, London , 1729 Stock Code: 89500
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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. Machin (1686?-1751) was on the Royal Society's committee set up to adjudicate the priority dispute between Newton and Leibnitz over the invention of the calculus, which vindicated Newton, and one of the editors of the resulting Commercium epistolicum. He was professor of astronomy at Gresham College from 1713 until his death.

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2 volumes, octavo (194 x 119 mm). Later matching panelled calf to style, red morocco labels, spines gilt, old red edges. Housed in a dark brown leather entry slipcase by the Chelsea Bindery.


Engraved allegorical frontispieces and engraved headpieces by the translator, 47 folding engraved plates, 2 folding letterpress tables, woodcut initials, initial-borders and head- and tailpieces. With errata at end, without half-titles and blank 2 (Dd4) a


Various ownership inscriptions on titles and A1, vol. I; library marks on vol. I title; modern collectors bookplates on pastedowns. Slight bleed of red stain to vol. II fore-edge, slight marginal damp to plates in same volume and small amount of professional paper restoration to last few plates and final text leaf, a good copy.


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