The mathematical principles of natural philosophy.
Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727)
Paper, calf leather, fibre board and ink
200 x 128 x 30 mm
Place of origin
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Woolsthorpe Manor, Lincolnshire (Accredited Museum)
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This copy of the Principia was donated in September 2012 from the original collection of John Joseph Fox (1821-1897). The Grantham National Trust Association raised money for the restoration of this important book. British astronaut Tim Peake named his 2014 mission to the International Space Station Principia after the book, and said it was in honour of Britain's greatest scientist.
v.1. (,320p.),  leaf of plates, XXV folded leaves of plates :. ill., tables;. 8vo. Imperfect: wants frontispiece. Copious manuscript notes (mathematical problems and equations) in pencil, nineteenth-century? hand, with manuscript contents list on endpapers. Provenance: Wants front board with provenance information; from the collection of John Joseph Fox (1821-1897). Donated by Kate Hargreaves (great great granddaughter of J.J. Fox), September 2012. Binding: contemporary sprinkled calf, 5 raised bands, gilt-lettered on red spine label: Motte’s Newton.
Makers and roles
Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), author Andrew Motte (d.1734), translator John Machin (d.1751), author