A View of Sir Isaac Newton's Philosophy.
London: Printed by S. Palmer,1728
4to, pp. (l), 407, and 12 folding engraved plates. Engraved device on title, and engraved head- and tailpieces and initials, all by J. Pine. Near contemporary half calf, spine gilt in compartments with contrasting dark head and tail and raised bands, sides a little rubbed. Title-page very slightly soiled, very faint dampstain in upper corner of some leaves, single worm hole in upper margins towards the end, but apart from these minor flaws a fine copy.
FIRST EDITION. This beautifully produced book was described by Cohen (1956) as “one of the three outstanding popular introductions to Newtonian science of the eighteenth century”. It is also one of the earliest. Pemberton enjoyed a special friendship with Newton, and edited the third edition of the Principia. The preface contains Pemberton’s recollections of Newton. Typographically this book is important as the first book printed in Caslon’s Roman types. It is printed on excellent paper with ample margins, with engraved decorations by one of the most famous engravers of the period, and is a wonderful example of the best of eighteenth century book production. For these reasons it was a great success and is now a common book, although most copies that appear on the market are in poor or restored condition (or both), having been read to bits. This copy, however, is a very nice copy in its first binding. Babson 98. Wallis 132. Gjertsen, The Newton handbook, pp. 426–427.