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Progymnasmata alchemiae, 1607

Progymnasmata alchemiae, 1607

Frederick E. Brasch Collection of Newton and Newtoniana

In 1941, Frederick E. Brasch, Chief of the Smithsonian Division of the Library of Congress, generously donated to Stanford his remarkable collection of books and manuscripts relating to Isaac Newton and the development of the physical sciences in the 17th century. The collection totals more than 4,000 volumes, and includes several editions of the Principia (including the first edition, which Brasch claimed he bought for $290), and five books owned by Newton himself.

This image is of the inside front cover of a 1607 edition of Progymnasmata Alchemiae, which was owned by Sir Isaac Newton, was inscribed by him, and with annotations and missing text supplied by him.


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