London: S. Palmer, 1728. Royal 4to. [l], 407,  pp. FIRST EDITION. With engraved title-vignette of an observatory within a border of instruments, 12 folding plates, and historiated initials, all engraved by J. Pine after J. Grison, including the arms of Sir Robert Walpole, to whom the work is dedicated. Complete with subscriber's list (including Isaac Newton's 12 books). Contemporary calf, rebacked; an excellent, wide-margined copy, title page with small repair where it appears a signature has been removed, though with manuscript date of June 21, 1800. Item #13325
First edition. Pemberton's ability in mathematical problems impressed Newton and consequently he asked him to edited the third and definitive edition of his Principia mathematica, 1726. The preface contains Pemberton's recollections of Newton, especially in his old age. However, this work is most notable for its explanation of Newtonia philosophy. Pemberton (1694-1771) studied under Boerhaave at Leiden and was attached to St. Thomas' Hospital in London.