Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica. Perpetuis commentariis illustrata, communi studio PP. Thomae Le Seur & Francisci Jacquier, ex Gallicana Minimorum Familia, matheseos professorum. Editio altera longe accuratior & emendatior.
by NEWTON, Sir Isaac.
Geneva:: Sumptibus Cl. & Ant. Philibert, 1760., 1760. 3 volumes. 4to. xxxii, 548; [viii], 422; , xxviii, 703,  pp. Half-titles, woodcut title vignettes, title printed in red & black, woodcut head & tail pieces, numerous mathematical figs., index. Contemporary mottled calf, raised bands, gilt-stamped spines, maroon & green spine labels; occasional browning. Ownership signature "Nolland avocat"[auvcat?]. An excellent set. Very good +. Second Jesuit edition (emended and corrected), based on the text of the third London edition of the Principia. This version is valued for its excellent annotations and copious commentary, which is nearly the same length as the Principia itself. It contains Newton's Dedication to the Royal Society; Prefaces to the first, second and third editions and Roger Cotes's Preface. In addition, the Jesuits' edition of the Principia is prized for the inclusion of the important treatises on the theory of the tides: Daniel Bernoulli's Traite sur le Flux et Reflux de la Mer, Colin MacLaurin's De Causa Physica Fluxus et Refluxus Maris, and Leonardo Euler's Inquisitio Physica in causam Fluxus ac Refluxus Maris. These three works gained the prize given by the Royal Academy of Sciences in 1724 for resolving tidal problems relating to the theory of gravity. They represent the most significant discovery concerning tidal mechanics between the publication of the Principia and the discoveries of Laplace. REFERENCES: Babson, 31; Gray, 14; Wallis, 14.
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