1738 1st ed Isaac NEWTON of Voltaire Optics Physics Illustrated Astronomy

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Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”

Voltaire

 

While Voltaire was in exile from Great Britain, he became strongly influenced by the works of Isaac Newton. Voltaire strongly believed in Newton’s theories, especially concerning optics and gravity. This prompted Voltaire to write a book entitled ‘Elements of Newton’s Philosophy’, which made Newton accessible to a far greater public.

 

This impressive, 1738 1st edition is profusely illustrated with over 100 engravings of diagrams and mathematical and geometric figures by Folkema, Schley, Decave, Picart, and Konder. These illustrations make this work one of the most attractive works of philosophy of the 18th-century.

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1738 1st ed Isaac NEWTON of Voltaire Optics Physics Illustrated Astronomy

 

Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.”

Voltaire

 

While Voltaire was in exile from Great Britain, he became strongly influenced by the works of Isaac Newton. Voltaire strongly believed in Newton’s theories, especially concerning optics and gravity. This prompted Voltaire to write a book entitled ‘Elements of Newton’s Philosophy’, which made Newton accessible to a far greater public.

 

This impressive, 1738 1st edition is profusely illustrated with over 100 engravings of diagrams and mathematical and geometric figures by Folkema, Schley, Decave, Picart, and Konder. These illustrations make this work one of the most attractive works of philosophy of the 18th-century.

 

Item number: #3587

Price: $1500

 

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Elémens de la philosophie de Neuton donnés par Mr de Voltaire.

 

Amsterdam : Étienne Ledet & Cie., 1738. First edition.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • [2 blank], [2], 399, [1], [1 blank]
    • 117 engravings throughout
      • 9 full-page plates, includes 1 folding table
      • 108 in-text engravings
    • References: Bengesco, II, 1570; Cioranescu, 64735; Cohen, 609; Norman 2165
      • Norman: “A popularization of Newton’s scientific and philosophical ideas, Voltaire’s ‘Elemens’ presented Newton as the discoverer of the true system of the world and the destroyer of the errors of Cartesianism”
    • Language: French
    • Binding: Leather; tight & secure
    • Size: ~7.75in X 5in (19.5cm x 12.5cm)
    • Very rare and in high demand with auction estimate and price comparisons at over $5500.

 

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3587

Categories

Mathematics & Physics

Medicine & Science

Authors

VOLTAIRE

Printing Date

18th Century

Language

French

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete