THE LIFE OF SIR ISAAC NEWTON. Charles Muses' Copy. David BREWSTER, F. R. S., LL D.
THE LIFE OF SIR ISAAC NEWTON. Charles Muses' Copy.
THE LIFE OF SIR ISAAC NEWTON. Charles Muses' Copy.
THE LIFE OF SIR ISAAC NEWTON. Charles Muses' Copy.
THE LIFE OF SIR ISAAC NEWTON. Charles Muses' Copy.

THE LIFE OF SIR ISAAC NEWTON. Charles Muses' Copy.

New York: Harper & Brothers, 82, Cliffe-St. 1843. Small octavo, bound in the publisher's full calf with contrasting leather title-label on spine panel lettered & ruled in gilt. Issued as No. 26 in "The Family Library" Series. 323 pp., engraved frontispiece portrait of Newton, small engraving of Newton's birthplace on title leaf, some engravings in the text. Formerly, this copy belongs to Dr. Charles Muses, founder of the Jacob Boehme Society, with his ownership stamp on the front free endpaper and a couple of notes in his hand on the rear paste-down. Loosely laid into this copy are several letters to and from Muses. The first, a carbon copy of an autograph letter from Muses to The Earl of Portsmouth, dated 1952, is a letter in which Muses specifically asks to make arrangements to view the Portsmouth holdings of Isaac Newton Manuscripts - a curious thing, as either Muses had knowledge to which we are not privy or else he was unaware that the scientific manuscripts were bequeathed by a former Earl of Porstmouth to Cambridge University in 1872 (see 'A Catalogue of the Porstmouth Collection.... Cambridge, 1888), and the non-scientific papers were auctioned off in 1936. In any event, we can assume that Dr. Muses was unsuccessful in his attempt. However, also laid in is an autograph letter signed from Mrs Mary E. Churchill, Park Avenue, NYC, dated 1960 in which she inquires 'in connection with a number of distinguished persons, philosophers, psychiatrists and ministers' concerning the unsolved issue of Newton copying out works by Jacob Boehme in his own hand. She states "of course, we all know the importance of Boehme's influence on Newton's thought through Henry More and many others. But I would like to pin down forever whither Newton wrote out passages from Boehme, as he did from many philosophers and alchemists. I know he had Boehme (translated into English) in his library. Can you help me at all in this detail?" The carbon copy of Muses' one-page reply is also included. The book is in very good condition, although the covers are glazed (shellacked) as was Muses way some of his older, more fragile books. Item #312398

Price: $350.00

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