1764 · London:
by MARTIN, Benjamin (1704-1782).
London:: W. Owen, 1764., 1764. 8vo. [iv], 565,  pp. Engraved frontis. of Isaac Newton, index. Original full calf, maroon & black leather gilt-stamped spine labels, raised bands; front lower joint wormed, rear scuffed. Early bookplate and ownership inscription of William Fairbrother. Very good. First edition. The biographies were originally published in The General Magazine of Arts and Sciences, which was edited by Martin, between 1755 and 1763. Includes 157 biographies of significant historical figures from antiquity to Martin's own time, including his hero, Isaac Newton. Other subjects include: Euclid, Hippocrates, Thales, Edward Wright, Christopher Wren, Leibniz, Keill, Richard Mead, Dr. Nicholas Saunderson, and many others. PROVENANCE: William Fairbrother (d.1795), of Wicklow. Fairbrother was a book collector. William Carew Hazlitt, A Roll of Honour: A Calendar of the Names of Over 17,000 Men and Women who . . . London: Quaritch, 1908, p.72. REFERENCES: Babson 291. (Inventory #: SW1551)