Large Paper Copy of Newton's Occult Work
1728. Item #20
NEWTON, Isaac (1642-1727). The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended. To Which is Prefix'd, a Short Chronicle from the First Memory of Things in Europe, to the Conquest of Persia by Alexander the Great. London: J. Tonson, J. Osborn and T. Longman, 1728. Engraved head-piece and initial by P. Foudrinier, 3 folding engraved plates. Contemporary Cambridge panelled calf, rebacked with red morocco spine label; internally some foxing and toning. First edition, A LARGE PAPER COPY, measuring 285 x 222 mm ; i.e. taller than the Babson copy (264mm) and the Green copy (281mm) of the large paper issue. Provenance: Early inscription of a woman owner to the inner boards: Miss. F Sharpe. Ref: Wallis 309.
"According to John Conduitt's introductory letter, The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms Amended was Isaac Newton's last personally revised work before his death but had actually been written much earlier. Some of its subject material and contents have led many people to categorize this work as one of Isaac Newton's occult studies." As evidenced by his study of the Temple of Solomon contained within the work, Newton "believed that many ancient sources were endowed with sacred wisdom and that the proportions of many of their temples were in themselves sacred" [Wikipedia].