Lot 164

Isaac Newton Letter Philosophical Transactions 1st Ed.

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Sir Isaac Newton (English, 1642-1727). ëA Letter of Mr. Isaac Newton... Containing his New Theory about Light and Colors.í Extracted from: Philosophical Transactions, Volume 6, number 80, pp.3075-3087. [London: John Martyn, 19 February 1672].

First edition of Newton's first scientific publication, which describes the analysis of white light by dispersion into colors and the invention of the reflecting telescope. This work directly led to his 1704 publication, "Opticks," one of his greatest works.

Quarto. Contained within a modern cloth case. With a receipt and description from Jeremy Norman & Co., Inc.

Provenance: Jeremy Norman & Co. Inc., San Francisco, California; Private collection, South Dakota.

Height: 8 1/2 in x width: 6 in.


Some restorations to the margins. Minor foxing throughout. There are a few pencil inscriptions to the margins.

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