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Gravesande, Willem Jacob 's. Philosophiae Newtonianae institutiones, in usus academicos. Leidae & Amstelodami: Apud Joh. Arn. Langerak, Joh. & Herm. Verbeek, and Balthasarem Lakeman, 1728. 8vo (15.5 cm, 6.1"). , 488, [16 (index) pp.; 17 fold. plts. $575.00
Gravesande's important introduction to Newtonian principles of physics in its second edition; an abridged version of the Dutch mathematician and philosopher's Physices elementa mathematica, experimentis confirmata sive introductio ad philosophiam Newtonianam that was intended for students — one of the earliest such textbooks, first published in 1723. The title-page is printed in red and black, with an engraved printer's vignette featuring a fountain flanked by Athena and Mercury and the motto "Varietas delectat," engraved by R.B. after A.D.; the text is => illustrated with 17 tipped-in folding plates offering a variety of engraved figures and diagrams.
Wallis, Newton and Newtoniana, 81.1. Contemporary speckled calf, rebacked similarly, spine with gilt-stamped red leather title and author labels, gilt-ruled raised bands, and blind-tooled compartment decorations. Title-page verso with small, early inked ownership mark. Pages slightly age-toned, otherwise crisp and clean; one plate with inner fold somewhat crumpled, three plates with outer edges darkened and worn. => A solid, attractive copy of a text that did much to spread Newton's philosophy. (40411) Please RESHELVE This.
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