Reference numberMS/69
TitlePhilosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica
CreatorNewton; Sir; Isaac (1642-1727); natural philosopher; mathematician
DescriptionManuscript volumes of the Principia Mathematica, by Isaac Newton, in which various laws of motion and physical phenomena are analysed. Manuscript written out by Humphrey Newton, Isaac Newton's assistant and amanuensis, and annotated by Isaac Newton and Edmond Halley. Manuscript from which the first edition was printed. Definitions and laws, vol.1 p. 1-22; Liber Primus: De Motu Corporum, vol. 1 p. 23-212; Liber Secundus: De motu corporum, vol. 2 p. 213- 353; Liber Tertius: De Mundi Systemate, vol. 2 p. 353-end.
Extent2 volumes. Vol. 1: 424 sides (book 1); vol. 2: 494 sides (books 2 and 3).
Physical descriptionPaper, leather bound in two volumes after re-binding in 1950. Originally one volume. Previous leather boards and spine from late 18th - early 19th century preserved in separate folder mounted on buckram.
ArrangementPrevious binding and title page are labelled MS. 561. Two series of page numbers present, top corner: original pagination inked consecutive numbers, one number for every two sheets, bottom corner: pencilled 'new numbers', continuous pagination across the two volumes.
Access statusOpen
Related materialprinted first edition, Flamsteed copy: ID 18577.
URL descriptionDigitised as part of the Newton Papers, in partnership with the Cambridge Digital Library
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8414Newton; Sir; Isaac (1642 - 1727); natural philosopher and mathematician1642 - 1727
NA8423Halley; Edmond (1656 - 1742); astronomer1656 - 1742
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