NEWTON, Sir Isaac.

The Chronology of Ancient Kingdoms,


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

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The first issue of Newton’s posthumously published chronology, according to the preface the last work he revised before his death in 1727. ESTC records two reissues with cancel title-pages and two other editions of the same year. Responses were soon published by Nicolas Fréret and the clergyman Arthur Bedford, which harshly criticised the supposed heresy of Newton’s alterations to orthodox biblical chronology, which he associated with anti-Trinitarian theology.


First edition, first issue, 4to., xiv, [2], 376 pp., with 3 copper-engraved folding plates and a copper-engraved vignette to title; a little offsetting to title and final leaf from turn-ins, some very light, very occasional spotting to margins, contemporary British Cambridge-panelled speckled calf, roll-tooled in blind, corner-pieces in blind, spine ruled in compartments in blind, gilt lettering-piece replaced, board-edges roll-tooled in gilt, edges speckled red; joints split, repairs to joints, otherwise very good.


ESTC N2784.


Stock ID: 96902