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NEWTON, Sir Isaac. . La Methode des Fluxions, et des suites infinies.
Paris: Chez De Bure, 1740. First French edition of "Fluxions." 4to., cont. vellum, leather label, xxx, (2), (1)-148, (2)pp. Titlepage in red and black, head and tailpieces and two large initials. Diagrams in the text. Rear board has a few scuff/scrape marks, o/w an about fine copy. First French edition of Newton's complete treatise on the calculus, originally written in 1671, the first publication appears in an English translation by John Colson in 1736.The present French edition was translated by Count de Buffon[1707-1788] from the English edition. Buffon, in his Preface, discusses Newton's controversies with Leibnitz and Berkeley and concludes with his agreement with Newton's method of fluxions. The Latin original was first published in 1779, in "Opera Omnia" as "Geometria Organica." "Fluxions is the method of finding out the magnitudes of finite quantities by the velocities of their generating motions. Newton proposed this treatise for the use of learners just before his death and entrusted the Latin Ms. to Dr. Henry Pemberton, who never published it. [Babson 171]. Babson 173.