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OPTICE: SIVE DE REFLEXIONIBUS, REFRACTIONIBUS, INFLEXIONIBUS ET COLORIBUS LUCAS, LIBRI TRES. LATINE REDDIDIT SAMUEL CLARKE, EDITION NOVISSIMA.

By NEWTON, ISAAC.

Lausanne & Geneve.: Marci-Michaelis Bousquet & Sociorum, 1740. All edges stained red. Spine labelled near top. Half-title page present. Portrait frontispiece. Title-page with vignette printed in red and black. Errata page at end of text. Engraved head and tail pieces. Illuminated first letters of sections. Front free endpaper has missing piece at top corner. Endpaper are browned. Very faint suggestion of erasure at top of title-page. Wide margins and clean text throughout. Old water-staining to bottom of first 30 pages (See photo). Twelve fold-out plates, all intact and clean. This treatise on optics was first published in English in 1704, the first Latin edition published in 1706. Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, alchemist, philosopher, and theologian. He is most well-known for his "Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica" published in 1687, laying the ground work for most classical mechanics. He built the first practical reflecting telescope, and he developed a theory of color based on the observation that a prism decomposes white light into many colors that form the visible light spectrum. He expanded on these theories in "Opticks". We find 20 libraries worldwide holding the book. ABPC shows a total of 7 copies sold at auction in the past 32 years. [ii, half-title, blank, frontispiece and title-page, xxxii, 1-363, errata, 12 folding plates, ii]. Collated complete 10 May 2011. See "Printing And The Mind Of Man", 172.. New Edition.. Full Vellum. Moderate General Soiling.. Quarto.

$2500.00

INGOLDSBY LEGENDS.

By INGOLDSBY, THOMAS. (R.H. BARHAM).

London: Richard Bentley, 1837. Full deep red morocco, top edge gilt. Panelled spine. Elaborate cover decorations in gilt fillets and geometric patterns at the corners. Spine lettered and designed in gilt. Inner dentelles with heavy gilt. Geometric endpapers in tan and dark brown. A signed binding by TOUT BINDER. This copy is made from the original appearances in the "Bentley's Miscellany" edited by BOZ. Contains specimen wrappers from the original magazines, including Volume III, March 1, 1837, and LVI, August 2, 1841, as well as advertisements from the 1841 issue. The volume begins with a portrait and article on the Rev. Richard Harris Barham, whose nom de plume was Thomas Ingoldsby. Then the legends are presented beginning with Volume 1, "The Spectre of Tappington" and ending with Volume XVIII, "As I Laye A Thynking", the last lines of Thomas Ingoldsby. A title-page and table of contents have been included to explain the presentation. Illustrated with the original plates of George Cruikshank and John Leech. Most plates show peripheral foxing, some moderate to heavy. A most-unusual copy of the original material from the parts, in a beautifully-bound volume with essentially no wear.. First Edition.. Tall Octavo.

$900.00

COMMENTARIES ON THE LAWS OF ENGLAND.

By BLACKSTONE, WILLIAM.

London: Clarendon Press 1766-1769. Four volumes in 1/2 butterscotch calf over marbled boards. Rebacked. Maroon morocco spine labels, gilt. Spine with raised bands. Random foxing particularly to preliminary leaves. A nice wide-margined set, with the majority of the text fine and fresh. The first volume is a SECOND EDITION, the remaining three volumes are FIRST EDITIONS. The foundations of English law rest extensively on this important work. (Printing And The Mind Of Man 212).. First Edition. Light Edge Wear.. Quarto.

$6000.00