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Leibniz – The correspondence with Clarke and the dispute with Newton, 1720

Recueil de diverses pièces, sur la philosophie, la religion naturelle, l'histoire, les mathematiques, &c. Par Mrs. Leibniz, Clarke, Newton, & autres auteurs célèbres. Amsterdam: Duvillard et Changuion, 1720. 2 volumes, 12mo, engraved frontispiece with portraits of the main authors, also an engraved portrait after Kneller of the dedicatee, Princess Caroline of Ansbach, [vi], xcviii, [ii], 409, [6]; [vi], 424, [14] pp., (vol. 1 pagination 161-5 repeated and 409-410 misnumbered 408-409), somewhat later vellum with red morocco labels, small hole in one spine, bookplates of Julius Gertig on pastedowns, title-pages printed in red and black, in the first volume worming from p. 200 onwards with loss of a few letters not affecting legibility, in the second volume some sections browned and some miniscule marginal worming, scattered light spotting throughout, still a very good copy, rare.

First edition of this important collection of a substantial number of Leibniz’s letters and other unpublished writings. The first volume contains the Leibniz-Clarke correspondence and the second the Leibniz-Conti-Newton controversy about the invention of the calculus. This edition is identical with the Du Sauzet edition of the same place and year, the names Duvillard et Changuion being printed on small slips pasted on the title-pages (and ‘Chez H. Du Sauzet’ still visible beneath them when held up to the light). Later editions were published in Hamburg in 1734, Amsterdam in 1740 and Lausanne in 1759.

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