When Newton died in 1727 he left a library of some 2,100 volumes. This was largely a collection of books regarded by him as a set of working tools – several of the well-thumbed surviving items are evidence of this. The books Newton owned are of considerable interest and importance principally to Newtonian scholars and to historians of science, as well as to booksellers, librarians and book-collectors. The library was kept virtually intact until 1920 when more than half the volumes were auctioned and subsequently dispersed. Scholars have hitherto had to rely on the unpublished Huggins List (1727) and Musgrave Catalogue (c. 1766), or on their less than satisfactory transcription issued in 1931. John Harrison has now remedied this deficiency by compiling a complete and comprehensive catalogue of Newton's library.
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- Date Published: December 2008
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521101455
- length: 308 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.46kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Isaac Newton: user of books
2. Dispersal of Newton's library after his death
3. The composition of Newton's library
The catalogue: its compilation and content
Summary of abbreviations used in the catalogue
Catalogue of the library.
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