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    First Edition, Large Paper Copy of Newton's Observations

    Sir Isaac Newton. Observations upon the prophecies of Daniel, and the Apocalypse of St. John. In two parts. London: J. Darby and T. Browne, 1733. First edition, Large Paper copy. Approximately 10.5 x 8 inches. Quarto. [vii], 323, [1, blank] pages. Engraved vignette at head of dedication page. Publisher's original plain paper boards, rebacked with modern light brown morocco backstrip, brown paper spine with manuscript in gilt. Edges untrimmed. Some wear, moderate soiling to boards, new endleaves, rear hinge starting, ink notation on front pastedown, ink notation removed from title-page, dampstaining to text on lower third of text. Still, a very good copy with text still bright.

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    Newton's Observations proceed on the assumption that the prophecies of Daniel were written in code, as many prophecies were. The key to this code can be discovered without divine inspiration, and can be used by anyone to decipher the true content. But, Newton stressed, they can only interpret the past, not the future. He never used "them in an effort to predict any millennium or utopia. By comparing the prophecies with recorded history... he merely sought to demonstrate God's governance of the world through His plan for human society. In much the same way the study of natural philosophy was supposed to reveal His dominion over matter." (Westfall). This book is one of Newton's best sellers, being soon translated into Latin and German, and was reprinted in English many times, up to the early twentieth century.

    Babson 224. DSB, x, p. 81. Gray 328. A. Rupert Hall, Isaac Newton, adventurer in thought, pp. 372-373. Westfall, Science and religion in seventh-century England, pp. 215-216.

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