Oct 27 at 01:00 PM - Sale 2549 -

Sale 2549 - Lot 147

Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000
Newton, Sir Isaac (1642-1727)
The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy.

London: Printed for Benjamin Motte, at the Middle-Temple-Gate, in Fleetstreet, 1729.

First edition in English, two octavo volumes, engraved frontispieces slightly trimmed and mounted in both volumes, I: [pi]2 (frontispiece & title), A2, A8, a8, B-X8; II: [pi]2 (frontispiece & title), B-Z8, Aa-Cc8, Dd3, a4; A-D8, E4; illustrated with two frontispieces, forty-seven folding engraved illustrations, and two folding typographical tables; the set bound in modern full sprinkled calf, period style, 7 3/4 x 4 1/2 in. (2)

Babson 20; Wallis 23; cf. PMM 161; ESTC T18677; http://estc.bl.uk/T18677

Newton's Principia, the greatest work in the history of science, was originally published in Latin in 1687. The first English edition, in handy octavo format, introduced the work to a much broader audience.