Introductiones ad Veram Physicam et Veram Astronomiam. Quibus accedunt Trigonometria. De Veribus Centralibus. De Legibus Attractionis.
by KEILL, John (1671-1721).
Leiden:: Joh. et Herm. Verbeek, 1739., 1739. Thick 4to. [iv], 636,  pp. Title printed in red & black, title vignette, 47 engraved folding plates, index. Original blind-tooled pigskin, blind-stamped calf spine label, small "1739" stamped at foot of spine; dotted with worm holes (binding only). Early bookplate "Ex Bibliotheca Venerab: Conventus Viennensis. . ." of a Viennese Servite Order convent library; signature of Thierry on title. Near fine. New edition, a lovely copy of the collected works of one of Newton's disciples. Keill, a Scottish mathematician and popular author, was one of Newton's staunchest supporters and defenders. This volume, assembled by the Verbeek brothers, collects all of Keill's previously published works, and also includes additional papers by Keill on centripetal and attractive forces. / "Keill's role as propagator of Newtonian philosophy was carried out primarily through his major work, Introductio ad veram physicam. . . (1701), based on the series of experimental lectures on Newtonian natural philosophy he had been giving at Oxford since 1694. The first such lectures ever given, their attempt to derive Newton's laws experimentally did much to influence later publications. . . . Some of Keill's writings also brought hostile attacks against Newtonianism from the Continent. For example, his charge that Leibniz had plagiarized from Newton's invention of the calculus gave rise to a major dispute between English and Continental natural philosophers, in which Keill served as Newton's 'avowed Champion.'" – DSB VIII, 276. REFERENCES: Poggendorf I, 296; Houzeau & Lancaster, 9247; Paul Luther (ed.), R.A.S. Catalogue, vol. II, p. 486.
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