1833 A Commentary on Newton's Principia With a Supplementary Volume
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First Edition, Leather Binding, Uncommon
An uncommon commentary on Newton's Principia Mathematica. The Principia stated Newton's laws of motion, and therefore forms the foundation of classical mechanics. It also contains his law of universal gravitation and a derivation of Kepler's laws of planetary motion. It is regarded as one a cornerstone in the history of science.
Written by John Martin Frederick Wright, a scholar at Trinity College Cambridge and author of 'Solutions of the Cambridge Problems'. Wright notes that this work was composed 'with the view of promoting the studies over which' he 'so ably preside(s)'.
'The object of the first volume is to make the text of the Principia, by supplying numerous steps in the very concise demonstrations of the propositions, and illustrating them by every conceivable device . The second volume is designed to form a sort of Appendix or Supplement to the Principia. It gives the principal discoveries of La Place and serves as an introduction to his Mécanique Celèste.' (Babson, p.64).
Complete in two volumes.
Bookmark ribbon present to volume II.
Prior owner's bookplates to the front pastedown, Mr J Barton st John's College and Dr Sydney Ross Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, New York.
Dr Sydney Ross was a Professor of Colloid Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York. He also founded the James Clerk Maxwell Foundation. An avid collector, Ross' collections contained many books by nineteenth century scientists.
A superior copy of this important commentary.
In full calf bindings, with gilt stamping to the spine. Externally, very smart with light rubbing to the head and tail of spines. Small loss to the spine label at the head of volume I. Several light marks to boards. Bookplate to the front pastedown, Mr J Barton. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are generally bright. Offsetting internally, to page 112-113 of volume II due to bookmark ribbon. Light spots to the first and last few pages. Otherwise, just the odd spots.
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