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BREWSTER, Sir David (1781--1868)
The life of Sir Isaac Newton. By David Brewster, LL.D., F.R.S.
London: John Murray, 1831.
xv, [1], 366 p., engr. frontis. port. : 16 wdcut illus. ; 15.9 cm. (12º)

Forms no. XXIV of Murray's (later Tegg's) 'Family Library'. Title-page landscape vignette. Includes bibliographical references. The frontispiece portrait of Newton is after Godfrey Kneller. The first authoritative popular biography of Newton, published by Brewster to refute charges of insanity and immorality in the biographies of Biot and Baily. Brewster subsequently published Memoirs of the life, writings, and discoveries of Sir Isaac Newton in 1855, which remained the classic life of Newton for almost a hundred years.

Copy Notes Bookseller's label on first pastedown reading 'Sold by T. & W. Boone'.

Binding Publisher's brown cloth with title printed on upper cover: 'The Family Library. No. XXIV. The Life Of Sir Isaac Newton. By David Brewster, ... Price Five Shillings'; and list of titles on lower cover; spine with printed series title 'The Life of Sir Isaac Newton. 5s. Family Library. No. XXIV'

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