Isaac Newton First Edition “Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy” Sells for $22,500
Although we have sold a lot of Albert Einstein books and letters signed, we are proud to announce that we have auctioned off an Isaac Newton first edition last month for $22,500. Isaac Newton first edition books are quite rare and valuable as the bidding indicates. Here it is:
Rare Sir Isaac Newton First Edition of ”The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy” — Two Volume Set From 1729
Rare Sir Isaac Newton first edition ”The Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy” in two volumes. London: Benjamin Motte, 1729. One of the most important works by the leading mind of the 18th century scientific revolution. Bound in contemporary tree calf, sympathetically rebacked, with gilt tooling to spines. Two octavo volumes measure 5.5” x 8.5” each. Volumes contain two folding letterpress tables and 47 folding engraved plates; the two frontispieces and pp. 385-393 and first 7pp. of index are replaced in facsimile, but hardly distinguishable from the original. The ”Laws of Moon’s Motion” usually found in Vol. II are here bound at end of Vol. I, and with errata for both volumes on verso of E4. Small stain to inner part of title in Vol. I, short tear to lower margin of G1, small section missing from lower margin of M3 and with lower corner cut away of A8 and C4 of ”Laws of Moon’s Motion” (no loss of text). Some marginal dampstaining and occasional soiling and spotting, overall in very good, clean condition with most edges untrimmed. Excellent Isaac Newton first edition. Sold for $22,500.
Also, included in the auction was:
Isaac Newton 1721 Edition of His Highly Influential ”Opticks’‘ — The Last Edition Published in Newton’s Lifetime
Isaac Newton’s ”Opticks, or a Treatie of the Reflections, Refractions, Inflections and Colours of Light”. Printe in London: William and John Innys at the West End of St. Paul’s, 1721, 3rd edition corrected. This is the last edition to be published in Newton’s lifetime. Copy is beautifully bound in contemporary full panelled calf with five raised bands, sympathetically rebacked. Measures 5.5” x 8”. Previous owner’s name crossed out in title page border, some browning to endpapers and small portion of rear free endpaper cut out, but overall in crisp, very good plus condition, with 12 fold-out Figures present. Minimum bid just $2,500.
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In case you want to see the two best Albert Einstein items we have sold. Here they are:
Albert Einstein Letter Signed From 1939 — Defending His Jewish Heritage — ”…The power of resistance which has enabled the Jewish people to survive for thousands of years…”
Fantastic Albert Einstein typed letter signed ”A. Einstein” upon his personal stationery, dated 10 June 1939 from Princeton, New Jersey. While WWII raged in Europe, Einstein writes to a Dr. Epstein, thanking him for the work done on behalf of Jewish refugees. Reads in full: ”My dear doctor Epstein: May I offer my sincere congratulations to you on the splendid work you have undertaken on behalf of the refugees during Dedication Week. The power of resistance which has enabled the Jewish people to survive for thousands of years has been based to a large extent on traditions of mutual helpfulness. In these years of affliction our readiness to help one another is being put to an especially severe test. May we stand this test as well as did our fathers before us. We have no other means of self-defense than our solidarity and our knowledge that the cause for which we are suffering is a momentous and sacred cause. It must be a source of deep gratification to you to be making so important a contribution toward rescuing our persecuted fellow-Jews from their calamitous peril and leading them toward a better future.” Letter on 1pp. measures 8.5” x 11” with expected folds and three small .5” closed tears to left margin, overall very good. Also includes a 1937 typed letter signed from Fiorello LaGuardia to Epstein, discussing his help in unification between the Brooklyn and New York Federations of the Jewish Appeal. Sold for $13,045.
Haunting Albert Einstein Autograph Letter Signed About Nazi Germany — ”…what is happening in Germany…one will rub one’s eyes and say it all was just an ugly dream…”
Very moving Albert Einstein autograph letter signed from 1933, shortly after he escaped Nazi Germany. Written upon Waldorf Astoria, New York stationery and dated 16 March 1933, Einstein here shows his magnanimity for the German people and how they could fall under the clutches of Nazism. German letter translates in full, ”To the association of German nurses of America, Your telegram from yesterday delighted me extraordinarily, maybe the most because of the great cordiality toward me. You needn’t think that I am personally, or in any way, bitter about what is happening in Germany. Like an individual, a people can lose its nerves; and in the case of the German people it really is comprehensible, considering the grave fates it had to endure. After some time this will be all over. One will rub one’s eyes and say it all was just an ugly dream. Best Wishes / Yours A. Einstein”. Single-page letter measures 8.25” x 10.5”. Toning, creasing and a few small stains to the upper half, else near fine. Handwritten letters by Einstein are extraordinarily rare, even more so with content on Nazi Germany. Sold for $11,858.
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