by NEWTON, Isaac (1642-1727); PEMBERTON, Henry (1694-1771).
London:: S. Palmer, 1728., 1728. 4to. [l], 407,  pp. Original blind-tooled calf, rebacked to style, with blind-tooling, raised bands, red calf gilt-stamped label; edges worn. Title vignette, 12 folding plates, decorative headpieces. Ownership signature of Dan Brent, bookplate of J. Wilcocks, Esq. Very good – choice copy. FIRST EDITION of Pemberton's work on Newton's philosophy, containing both recollections by Pemberton of Newton, and a lengthy poem about Newton by Richard Glover (1712-1785). Dedicated to Sir Robert Walpole, whose coat of arms is engraved in the title-page vignette, this volume commemorates Newton and his works, being published the year following his death. The volume is divided into three books: "Concerning the Motion of Bodies in general," "Concerning the System of the World," and "Concerning the cause of colours inherent in the light," combining the essential discoveries and works of Newton as expounded in Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica and Opticks, two of his most important works. The foundations of modern physics, astronomy, gravitation and light are represented in this compendium. "Dr. Pemberton studied under Boerhaave, prepared the Fifth London Pharmacoepoeia and was invited by Newton to edit the third (1726) edition of the Principia. This study of Newton's philosophy is interesting as being the account of a close friend. The preface contains the author's recollections of Newton, especially in his old age. There is also a poem on Sir Isaac by Richard Glover (poet and M.P., 1712-1785) written in his 16th year; the author's introduction on Newton's method of reasoning in philosophy; and a long list of subscribers." [Babson]. / Typographically this volume is important as the first book printed in any of William Caslon's roman types. Also notable are the elegant pictorial head- and tail-pieces engraved by J. Pine after J. Grison. "Pemberton's work on the mechanism of accommodation was nearly his last independent work, for he was determined to join the circle of Newton's epigones. He attempted, unsuccessfully, to approach the master through John Keill. But Richard Mead, Newton's friend and physician, showed Newton a paper in which Pemberton refuted Leibnitz' measurement of the force of moving bodies – an obsequious essay larded with references to 'the great Sir Isaac Newton.' Although the measure of the force of moving bodes was not an issue germane to Newtonian mechanics, Newton was apparently pleased with the attack on Leibnitz. He made Pemberton's acquaintance, and Pemberton sought to cement the relation by contributing another obsequious essay on muscular motion, which converted itself into a panegyric on Newtonian method, to Mead's edition of Cowper's Myotomia reformata, completed in 1723 and published in 1724" (DSB, Vol. X, pp. 500-501). PROVENANCE: Dan Brent [unknown, 18th century] – bookplate of Joseph Wilcocks, Esq. (1724–1791), the only son of Joseph Wilcocks [Sr.], the former bishop of Gloucester, and bishop of Rochester and dean of Westminster. He, the younger Wilcocks, lived for some time at Barton-Segrave, near Kettering, Northamptonshire. – DNB. REFERENCES: ESTC T53471; Babson 98; DSB, Vol. X; Gray 132; Sotheby, Honeyman Collection, VI, lot 2442 (1980); Barchas 1637; Lowndes 1673; Wallis 132.
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