Issac Newton's 'Principia' Sells For $3.7 Million - I Posted the Intro on Youtube
One of the most important books ever produced - yet there is no audio reading of the work on Librivox the public domain volunteer audio book internet publisher. I did find an introductory preface read by a woman with a charming accent; I paired her reading with a video of a fireplace with logs aflame in various hues.
A manuscript of Sir Issac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia
Mathematica was recently sold by Christie's at an auction for fine
printed books and manuscripts. It broke an auction record for the
highest sale price of a printed scientific book at $3,719,5000. That was
nearly four times the initial estimate!
The manuscript, also known simply as Principia, is considered to be "one
of the most important works in the history of science." The text
contains classical mechanics, laws of planetary motion and, most
famously, Newton's universal law of gravity. With mathematics, Sir Issac
Newton's work helped shed light on a branch of science that up until
that point was shrouded in darkness and hypotheses. While Newton's
theories were not immediately accepted, later on, no one could
rationally deny him. It was published in 1687 in Latin. Later an English
translation was made in 1728.
The copy that sold at auction was in impeccable condition. The
description from Christie's website stated that it only had minor signs
of wear with some scuffing. It is important to note that this book is in
it' original form and has never been restored. It is a first edition
and bound in fully inlaid red morocco with gold leaf and black
detailing. Only one other copy has sold at auction with such a binding,
making this copy quite rare.
Christie's has been in business since the 18th century. Their first
headquarters were in London and they have since opened a second in
Rockefeller Plaza, New York. They deal in fine art and cultural pieces.
According to Christie's "the experience of owning beautiful and special
objects is an important part of people's personal and cultural life."