Opuscula Mathematica, philosophica et philologica. Collegit partimque Latine vertit ac recensuit Joh. Castillioneus [G.F. Salvemini] jurisconsultus.

Lausanne and Geneva, Bousquet & soc., 1744.

Three vols, 4to, pp. [4], xxviii [recte 38], 420; [1], vi, 423; vi, 566 [recte 562], [1]; with 3 engraved title vignettes, 64 folded copper plates and 2 folded tables; pp. I 157-88 folded in at the lower margin where imprint exceeds book block; a very attractive, clean, crisp copy in contemporary full vellum with morocco labels, gilt titles.


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First edition of Newton’s collected works edited and introduced by the Pisa alumnus Giovanni Salvemini da Castiglione. The edition contained twenty-six works which, while having appeared previously, were not easily accessible, from Newton’s mathematical works and optical lectures, which were greatly influential and laid the foundations of modern science, to his philological essays on history and theology. It thus became a major tool in the dissemination of Newton’s science and a major publication in the history of science.

The first volume, mathematical papers, contains De analysi (1711), Methodis fluxionum (1736), De quadratura (1704), Enumeratio curvarum (1704), Methodus differentialis (1711), and excerpts from Newton’s correspondence with John Collins, John Wallis, Henry Oldenburg, and Abbe Conti. The second volume, philosophical papers, includes De mundi systemate (1731), Lectiones opticae (1729), De natura acidorum (1736), Scala graduum caloris (1701), and his papers from the Philosophical transactions on light and colour. The third volume, theological works, includes Chronology of ancient kingdoms amended (1728), Observations upon the prophecies (1733), and Dissertation upon the sacred cubit (1737).

Babson 9 (Gray 2); Wallis 2; DSB X, 93; Poggendorff II, 279; Roller-G. II, 235.

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