Edinburgh: T. W. and T. Ruddimans, 1742. Full Leather. Fair binding. Item #6802
Quarto. , 413-763 [1 (errata)] pp., plates. First edition. In contemporary calf; all 15 folding plates: XXV- XL, are present. Spine desiccated; front cover detached, rear cover nearly detached. Textblock is solid and contents are clean but for some offsetting from the folding plates. Armorial bookplate of Earl of Ancram on the front pastedown as well as a 19th century shelf-label for Newbattle Abbey Library.
MacLaurin was, as Erik Lars Sageng writes in his entry for the DNB, "a younger contemporary, and to some extent a protege of Isaac Newton, and he wrote the first thorough, systematic, axiomatic development of the method of fluxions, the Newtonian version of the calculus. However, his relative isolation in Scotland ... denied him the fame commensurate with his stature." This present volume is the second half of MacLaurin's magnus opus in which he responds to George Berkeley's 1734 attack on Newtonian calculus. Important work in mathematical history and uncommon in the first edition, even as an odd volume. A binding copy should one acquire the first volume. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. ESTC T93640.