[FOM] First edition of The Russell-Whitehead Principia

Thomas Forster T.Forster at dpmms.cam.ac.uk
Sat Sep 6 17:21:09 EDT 2008

Thanks to all who replied, tho' we are still in the market for more info:  
all the news is of copies of the second edition and we still haven't 
learned of a copy of the first edition.   Perhaps we should extend our 
search to the second edition.  But that is definitely for later...

          v best wishes


On Sat, 6 Sep 2008 
T.Forster at dpmms.cam.ac.uk wrote:

> I have been visiting Allen Hazen in Melbourne, and we were discussing the 
> delightful book of Owen Gingrich in which he recounts his quest for the 
> destination of all the copies of the first edition of the Copernicus {\sl 
> De Revolutionibus}. The book was partly a result of Gingrich's irritation 
> at a remark of`Koestler's to the effect that nobody ever read it. For us 
> FOM-ers an interesting parallel question is the question of who actually 
> read the first edition of PM. We have an easier task than Gingerich because 
> we know what the print run of PM was (The print run of de Revolutionibus is 
> not known). We know Quine read it, and we know Hilbert read it....
>    So what Allen and I are asking you all to do is this. Visit the library 
> of your institution and see if it has a copy of the **first** edition. If 
> it has, please email Allen and me with the details. If it was bequeathed to 
> the library by an earlier owner please tell us about him/her. Perhaps you 
> even own a copy of the first edition yourself...?
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