Cloth, 8vo, 24 cm, xiv, 286 pp, plates. From the blurb: "When Newton died in 1727 he left a library of some 2,100 volumes. This was largely a collection of books regarded by him as a set of working tools: several of the well-thumbed surviving items are evidence of this. The books Newton owned are of considerable interest and importance principally to Newtonian scholars and to historians of science, as well as to booksellers, librarians, and book-collectors. The library was kept virtually intact until 1920 when more than half the volumes were auctioned and subsequently dispersed. Scholars have hitherto had to rely on the unpublished Huggins List (1727) and Musgrave Catalogue (c. 1766), or on their less-than-satisfactory transcription issued in 1931. John Harrison has now remedied this deficiency by compiling a complete and comprehensive catalogue of Newton’s library. The book opens with a long introductory essay giving an account of Newton’s bookish habits - based on an examination of over 900 surviving volumes - the history and descent of the library, and a study and analysis of the composition of the collection. It also describes the signs and markings by which items not at present identified as Newton’s may be authenticated as once having belonged to him.The catalogue itself comprises some 1760 separate titles with 370 related cross-references to help the user. In addition to citing entries in the Huggins and Musgrave catalogues, details of the known location of volumes are given. Their special characteristics are recorded: transcriptions of Newton’s signature, his price-notes, dates of acquisition, presentation inscriptions, visible evidence of Newton’s special method of page-marking (‘dog-earing’), appearances of the volumes in book-lists and sale catalogues, information on them in other published works concerning Newton (his Correspondence, Mathematical Papers, etc.). Finally, a record of the annotations in Newton’s hand in eighty four of the volumes is set out at their individual entries in the catalogue and is also summarized in an appendix." Minor marks on front free endpaper, otherwise Near Fine in a slightly used dustwrapper. which is sunned around the spine. Buchnummer des Verkäufers
Titel: The Library of Isaac Newton.
Verlag: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, first edition, 1978
Buchbeschreibung Cambridge University Press, s.l, 2009. Kartoniert. Revised.. XXI,448 S. Oktn. 680 Gramm. Buch. Artikel-Nr. 53863
Buchbeschreibung Henry Sotheran & Co., London, bookseller's catalogue, 1927, 1927. Printed wrappers, 8vo, 240 pp, plates. 3812 items. J.L.E. Dreyer, whose library is featured in this catalogue, was the compiler of the New General Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars which superseded that of Herschel. Dreyer wrote a well-regarded biography of Tycho Brahe and edited the standard edition of Brahe's complete works as well as the scientific papers of William Herschel. The catalogue is notable also for containing about eighteen volumes from the library of Sir Isaac Newton, including a copy of Isaac Barrow's edition of Euclid's Elements, duodecimo, two volumes in one, Cambridge, 1655-1657 which has many manuscript notes in Newton's handwriting. Barrow was Newton's examiner in Euclid at Cambridge, and " formed an indifferent opinion of his knowledge". . The book came from the sale in January, 1920 of Newton's Library at Thame Park, Oxfordshire, Top 1 cm of backstrip torn away, otherwise Good. Artikel-Nr. ABE-21574