An Easy and Pleasant Introduction to Sir Isaac Newton’s Philosophy: Containing the First Principles of Mechanics, Trigonometry, Optics, and Astronomy. By a Fellow of the Royal Society. With an Essay on the Advancement of Learning, in various modes of Recreation… The second edition. To this new edition an Appendix is added, to render the Book more useful to Schools.

  • Ryland, John, ed.
  • London: Printed for Edward and Charles Dilly 1772


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12mo, pp. iv, lii, 161, [1, ads], 20 + 12 folding plates. Contemporary unlettered sheep, spine divided by raised bands between double gilt rules. Some light soiling, plates creased, one plate with a horizontal closed tear about 8cm long (reinforced with archival tape on verso), a small wormtrack in gutter of appenxi. Binding rubbed and worn, insect damage to surface of leather. An ownership inscription dated 1839 to flyleaf.


A scarce schoolbook introduction to Newtonian physics, edited by John Collett Ryland (1723-1792), a prolific Baptist minister and schoolmaster in Northampton. The first edition, published in 1768, makes no mention of Newton on the title-page and gives Ryland as the author. A 'Fellow of the Royal Society' receives the attribution in this edition, and the preface to the first edition (reprinted here) thanks the anonymous friend for supplying the text: it was not, therefore, Ryland, but probably James Ferguson (1710-1776), author of 'Astronomy Explained upon Sir Isaac Newton's Principles', from whose 'Lectures on Select Subjects' the appendix newly added to this edition is taken (with permission). ESTC lists copies in 5 locations in the UK: BL, Cambridge, Dr Williams's Library, Northampton Record Office, and Oxford, plus 9 locations in the USA.

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