Oct 22, 2015 - Sale 2394

Sale 2394 - Lot 101

Price Realized: $ 10,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
"MY TREATISE ON THE MOON . . . WILL RUN TO 45 SHEETS" (SCIENTISTS.) EULER, LEONHARD. Autograph Letter Signed, "L. Euler," to Secretary of the Saint Petersburg Academy of Sciences Johann Daniel Schumacher, in German, sending something promised earlier [a manuscript for publication; not present], stating the number of sheets required for his treatise on the moon [Theoria motus lunae, 1753], noting the production costs for the book, and inquiring about what should be done with the copies. 1 page, 4to; edges trimmed with minor truncation to extreme end of first letter in first paragraph, faint foxing at edges, folds. Berlin, 28 November 1752

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". . . I have the honor of sending you another piece for this year and at the same time to let you know that according to exact calculations made, my treatise on the moon currently at press here will run to 45 sheets. Since I recently paid for only 40 sheets, these 5 sheets, including printing and paper, will cost an additional 34 Rthl. [Reichsthaler]. If the preannounced sum has not yet been sent, please add this to it, which would then bring the total to 194 Rthl. Since the present work will also be finished before I can receive your response, I await orders as to what I should do with the copies."
Does not appear in Der Briefwechsel L. Eulers mit Nartov, Razumovskij, Schumacher, Teplov und der Petersburger Akademie 1730-63, Berlin, 1961.