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ASTRONOMIAE, PHYSICAE & GEOMETRICAE ELEMENTA.

Gregory, David

Published by Oxford: Sheldonian Theatre, 1702
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Gregory, David. ASTRONOMIAE, PHYSICAE & GEOMETRICAE ELEMENTA. Oxford: Sheldonian Theatre, 1702. Folio, in contemporary sprinkled calf with some minor repairs, some splitting to joints. The text is exceptionally bright and clear, with no markings. Engraved device of Minerva (after M. Burg) on title and many woodcut diagrams in the text. The first astronomical textbook written on gravitational principles. Gregory was a good friend of Isaac Newton who aided him in becoming Savilian professor of Astronomy at Oxford. This book is important for containing the first publication of Newton’s paper “Lunae theoria”, (pp. 332-336) and Newton also contributed to the Introduction. Provenance: Ownership signature of James Oliphant on the title page, making this a family copy. James Oliphant was the eldest son of Charles Oliphant, styled “of Lanton” and a writer in Edinburgh, who, together with James, was appointed one of the Clerks of Session in June, 1691. Charles Oliphant had fourteen children. His fourth child, Elizabeth, married the author, David Gregory, on July 14, 1695 while his seventh child, Barbara, married James Gregory, brother of David, who was professor, successively, of Natural Philosophy at St. Andrews and of Mathematics at Edinburgh. First edition. Bookseller Inventory # COB090003

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Title: ASTRONOMIAE, PHYSICAE & GEOMETRICAE ELEMENTA...

Publisher: Oxford: Sheldonian Theatre

Publication Date: 1702

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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