Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica
- Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica
- Title (uniform):
This is the first edition of Newton's Principia, in which he elucidates the universal laws of gravitation and motion that underlay the phenomena described by Copernicus, Galileo and Kepler. Newton also establishes the mathematical basis for the motion of bodies in unresisting space (the law of inertia); the motion of fluids and the effect of friction on bodies moving through fluids; and the law of universal gravitation and its unifying role in the cosmos.
- Newton, Isaac, 1642-1727
- Halley, Edmond, 1656-1742
- Streater, Joseph, active 1687-1688
- Former owner:
- Wheldon & Wesley
- Riviere & Son
- Name on Item:
autore Js. Newton, Trin. Coll. Cantab. Soc. Matheseos Professore Lucasiano, & Societatis Regalis Sodali
Signed bindings (Binding)
Perforation stamps (provenance)
Boston Public Library
Rare Books Department
- Collection (local):
Special Collections, Rare Books
Mechanics--Early works to 1800
Celestial mechanics--Early works to 1800
- , 383, 400-510,  p.,  folded leaf of plates : ill. ; 25 cm (4to)
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Jussu Societatis Regiae ac typis Josephi Streater. Prostat apud plures bibliopolas
- Notes (date):
anno MDCLXXXVII 
- Notes (citation):
Wing, D.G. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British America, and of English books printed in other countries, 1641-1700, N1048
English short title catalogue, entry R5707
Gray, G.J. A bibliography of the works of Sir Isaac Newton, page 5
"Imprimatur S. Pepys, Reg. Soc. Praeses. Julii 5. 1686."--Title page.
- Notes (object):
Signatures: [A]-O⁴ P⁴(±P4) Q-V⁴ W⁴ X-2U⁴ 2W⁴ 2X-2Z⁴ ***⁴ 3A-3O⁴ chi1.
The penultimate leaf (3O4) is blank.
With a final errata leaf.
Boston Public Library (Rare Books Department) copy bound by Riviere & Son in brown goatskin. All text block edges are gilt. The perforation stamp of the BPL is present on the title page. In this copy, leaf 3O4 (blank) is wanting and leaf P4 (pages 111/112) is a cancel.
- Call #:
RARE BKS E.5124.8