Tables of Ancient Coins, Weights, and Measures: Explain'd and Exemplify'd in Several Dissertations. John Arbuthnot, Isaac Newton.
Tables of Ancient Coins, Weights, and Measures: Explain'd and Exemplify'd in Several Dissertations
Tables of Ancient Coins, Weights, and Measures: Explain'd and Exemplify'd in Several Dissertations

Tables of Ancient Coins, Weights, and Measures: Explain'd and Exemplify'd in Several Dissertations

London: J. Tonson, 1727. First Edition. Quarto. Item #026143

[12] 327 pages, [1], 18 leaves of tables (one folding). This volume includes plate 18 which was done by Sir Isaac Newton near the end of his life (Wallis, 'Newton & Newtoniana' #357) while he was Master of the British Mint (1700-1727); During Newton's tenure at the mint, he issued at least thirteen reports which like this one are all rare. Table 34 which is a fold-out of plate 18 is among his very last original works accomplished in his lifetime. While Newton is certainly best known for his scientific work in mathematics and physics, a large part of his working life was his time as Master of the Mint; in fact, his precise measurements enabled savings in the minting process. The previous system had not been uniform, his keen measurements enabled an exact weight in determining the number of grains in an ounce of gold with precision had not been available previous to his work. The table is also known in Scottish bibliographies for the section on Scottish Weights and Measurements. Bound in full calf ruled in gilt, earlier and fine rebacking decoratively stamped in gilt, renewed endpapers, all edge red, wear to corners, some toning. A very good copy.

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