Catalogue Entry: PERS00001

Trinity College Notebook

Author: Isaac Newton

Source: R.4.48c, Trinity College Library, Cambridge, UK

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Custodial History

Bought at the Sotheby sale by Maggs Brothers for £210 and later offered for sale as Item 35 in their catalogue 'Mercurius Britannicus' (the date of which is unknown). It was presented to Trinity at an unknown date by the Pilgrim Trust.

Sotheby Lot



Contains Newton's expense accounts from 19 March 1659 (i.e. 1660?) through his early years at Cambridge.

On the cover: a fragment in shorthand. Inscribed on the first page: 'Quisquis in hunc librum teneros conjecit ocellos./ Nomen subscriptum perlegat ipse meum./ Isaac Newton. Martij 19 1659.' pp. 3-38 consist of a guide to Latin pronunciation headed 'Vtilissimvm prosodiae svpplementvm'. Then follow 13 pp. of personal expenses under the headiings 'Impensa Propria' and 'Otiose & frustra expensa'.

See Brewster (1855), 1: 17-18.

[Editorial Note 1] The following four pages (23v-22r) are all lightly struck out with criss-cross lines

[Editorial Note 2] This page is blank except for the page number, the call number and two rows of obscure symbols in Newton's hand. Folio 2 has been bound out of sequence and belongs after f. 8.

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