An authentic personal copy of Isaac Newton’s book ‘Opticks’, which was recently found after being missing for a century, will go up for auction.
Newton’s treatise in the books, according to Live Science, analyzes the fundamental nature of light and is considered one of the three major works of the scientific revolution in optics. The long-lost copy was discovered by book collector David DeLaura while he was sorting through his collection during the 2019 coronavirus pandemic. Its repercussions continue to this day.
The book is scheduled to go on sale at the San Francisco Rare Book Fair, which was held from February 3 to February 5, and is expected to fetch up to $460,000.-
While organizing his collection, Delora, Professor Emeritus at the University of Colorado, came across a copy of Newton’s Opticks he had bought 20 years earlier.--
The book data indicated that the book was a second edition printed in 1717 and had previously been owned by a man named James Musgrave, however, closer examination revealed a second book plate hidden by the first and revealed the previous owner, Charles Huggins.
By researching the two names, Delora learned that, after Newton’s death intestate in 1727, his books and other possessions had been purchased by a certain John Huggins, who gave them as a gift to his son Charles, Rector of Oxfordshire where the items were given to Charles’ successor as rector. James Musgrave Then it was passed down through generations before a large number of items were sold in the 1920’s, then the book was considered lost until Delaura’s discovery seemed to unearth a lost treasure.