English Literature, History, Science, Children’s Books and Illustrations
Online Auction: 1–8 December 2020 • 2:00 PM GMT • London

English Literature, History, Science, Children’s Books and Illustrations 1–8 December 2020 • 2:00 PM GMT • London

T his sale is a typically capacious offering of books and manuscripts in nearly 230 lots, its rich variety of highlights ranging from leaves from the first book printed in Scotland to a celebration of Ferrari design.

Science & History

This is followed by a section of science and history, which includes many of the greatest highlights of this sale, most notably notes by Isaac Newton on the secrets of the Pyramids, but also a copy of Darwin’s rare first separate publication, Letters to Henslow, Hayek’s Road to Serfdom inscribed in Karl Popper, and much else.

Lot 61, NEWTON | Autograph manuscript notes on the Great Pyramid and other subjects, c.1680s, £280,000-400,000

Isaac Newton On The Great Pyramid

The pyramids at Giza are not just the greatest architectural marvels that survive of the ancient world: to Newton, as to many others, they were a key that could unlock profound secrets. The Great Pyramid could help him glean an understanding of Biblical prophecy; it could lead him to a knowledge of the timing of the Apocalypse; he also is likely to have hoped that it could provide the proof for his Theory of Gravity. MANUSCRIPTS BY NEWTON TOUCHING ON SO MANY ASPECTS OF HIS PROGRAMME OF STUDY - FROM GRAVITY TO THE APOCALYPSE - ARE EXCEPTIONALLY RARE ON THE MARKET. Although fragmentary and damaged by fire, these unpublished notes are of great interest.

Available For Private Sale

PICKERING, WILLIAM | Substantial collection of upwards of over 530 of the best works published and designed by the celebrated nineteenth-century publisher William Pickering (1796-1854)

Asking Price: 350,000 GBP

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