The Library of Isaac Newton.

Harrison, J.

Verlag: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, first edition, 1978, 1978
ISBN 10: 0521218683 / ISBN 13: 9780521218689
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Titel: The Library of Isaac Newton.

Verlag: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, first edition, 1978

Erscheinungsdatum: 1978

Einband: Hardcover

Zustand des Schutzumschlags: Dust Jacket Included

Auflage: 1st Edition


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 Scholars have hitherto had to rely on the unpublished Huggins List (1727) and Musgrave Catalogue (c. 1766), or on their less-than-satisfactory transcription issued in 1931.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 ABE-19631

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