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The Library of Isaac Newton
     

The Library of Isaac Newton

by John Harrison
 

ISBN-10: 052110145X

ISBN-13: 9780521101455

Pub. Date: 10/01/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

When Newton died in 1727 he left a library of some 2,100 volumes. This was largely a collection of books regarded by him as a set of working tools - several of the well-thumbed surviving items are evidence of this. The books Newton owned are of considerable interest and importance principally to Newtonian scholars and to historians of science, as well as to

Overview

When Newton died in 1727 he left a library of some 2,100 volumes. This was largely a collection of books regarded by him as a set of working tools - several of the well-thumbed surviving items are evidence of this. The books Newton owned are of considerable interest and importance principally to Newtonian scholars and to historians of science, as well as to booksellers, librarians and book-collectors. The library was kept virtually intact until 1920 when more than half the volumes were auctioned and subsequently dispersed. Scholars have hitherto had to rely on the unpublished Huggins List (1727) and Musgrave Catalogue (c. 1766), or on their less than satisfactory transcription issued in 1931. John Harrison has now remedied this deficiency by compiling a complete and comprehensive catalogue of Newton's library.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521101455
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2008
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. Isaac Newton: user of books; 2. Dispersal of Newton's library after his death; 3. The composition of Newton's library; The catalogue: its compilation and content; Summary of abbreviations used in the catalogue; Catalogue of the library.

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