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GRAVESANDE, Willem Jacob 's (1688--1742)
[Physices elementa mathematica, experimentis confirmata. English. 1731]
Mathematical elements of natural philosophy, confirm'd by experiments; or, an introduction to Sir Isaac Newton's philosophy. Vol. I (II). Written in Latin by William James s'Gravesande, ... Translated into English by J.T. Desaguliers, ... The fourth edition.
London: printed for J. Senex, W. Innys; and J. Osborn and T. Longman, 1731.
2 vols ; 19.8 cm. (8º)
I:
II: xi, [5], 285, [19] p., 25 fold. pl.

Translation of: Physices elementa mathematica, experimentis confirmata, first printed in Leiden, 1720--1721. An introduction to Sir Isaac Newton's philosophy. The two volumes of Desaguliers's English translation were first published in 1720 and 1721 respectively; a rival translation of the first volume by Dr John Keill, Mathematical elements of physicks, prov'd by experiments, had also appeared in 1720. Title-pages printed in red and black. ESTC n4391.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting vol. I. Possibly the copy of 'Gravesande's Philosophy -- 2 Vs.' bought from Thomas Boone for 4s. 6d., 23 June 1808 (Spiers Box). If so, the first volume was no longer in Soane's collection at his death in January 1837, as George Bailey's 1837 inventory of books in the Museum records the second volume only. A complete copy of the 1747 edition had previously been purchased from Boone in 1804 (q.v.).

Binding C18th Cambridge-style blind-panelled calf, dark red leather spine-label.

Reference Number 519


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