Catalogue Entry: THEM00393

Draft table of contents and miscellaneous fragments of text (section 7.1o)

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: Yahuda Ms. 7.1o, National Library of Israel, Jerusalem, Israel

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Custodial History

SL245, described in the Sotheby catalogue as c. 300,000 words on 975 pp., was bought at the Sotheby sale by Gabriel Wells for £48 and sold to Yahuda on 1 Aug. 1936 for the sale price plus 15%. On 24 May 1949, Yahuda wrote to the London dealer Heinrich Eisemann, 'As to lot 245 the new arrangement and replacement of the pages resulted in 1,530 pages instead of 975 pages as many pages had to be taken out from other lots. But for this manuscript I have a customer who wants to pay a much higher price than $3,800 suggested by you.' If this was true, the prospective buyer's desire to part with his or her cash presumably waned. There must subsequently have been further reordering of the manuscript as the present Yahuda Ms. 7 amounts to nowhere near 1,530 pp.

Sotheby Lot

SL245 + ?

[Editorial Note 1] Folio 2 is blank.

[Editorial Note 2] Folio 4r is blank.

[Editorial Note 3] The text on this page is written upside down.

[Editorial Note 4] The remainder of the text on this page is written upside down.

[Editorial Note 5] The remainder of the text on this page is written upside down.

[Editorial Note 6] Folio 8 is blank.

[Editorial Note 7] The text on this page is written upside down.

[Editorial Note 8] The remainder of the text on this page is written upside down.

[Editorial Note 9] The remainder of the text on this page is written upside down.

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