London: Thomas Passenger and Ben. Hurlock, 1671. First edition of a work by the mathematician and reformer John Newton (1621-78). A second edition appeared in 1678. Without the four-page bookseller’s advertisements that are sometimes present. Pages closely cropped, with occasional loss to numerals and running titles. Bookplate. A good, clean copy. Nineteenth century calf, ruled in blind. New endpapers. Twelvemo. , 174 pp., with the extra leaf inserted after D2. Item #14788
“Being a royalist Newton received no preferment during the interregnum and supported himself by teaching mathematics and astronomy. He wrote a connected series of books on these subjects, all in English, advocating the use of decimal arithmetic” (Oxford DNB). Newton wanted all the sciences to be available in English. At the beginning of this work, speaking to teachers of vernacular learning, he presents logic as the seventh and last part of an English Academy, stating that the present work was composed “from those well known…compendiums of Saunderson, Mr. Airy, Mr. Smith, Burgersdicius, and “others.”
“Had Newton included Brerewood in this last of sources, he would have been able to suggest that his vernacular logic had been influenced by every important work published in Latin by the English Systematics” (Howell, Logic and Rhetoric in England, 1500-1700, p. 316).
ESTC lists seven copies of this book, including only two in North America. Wing N1063.