[FOM] First edition of The Russell-Whitehead Principia

Edwin Mares Edwin.Mares at vuw.ac.nz
Sun Sep 7 17:54:00 EDT 2008

Victoria University does not have a copy, but Rob Goldblatt owns a copy
(which he was given as a gift!). University of Alberta library owns a
copy. You should ask John Slater at U of Toronto how many copies he has
and where they came from. 

Edwin Mares
Victoria University of Wellington
P.O. Box 600
Wellington, New Zealand
Fax: 64+4-463-5370
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Subject: [FOM] First edition of The Russell-Whitehead Principia

I have been visiting Allen Hazen in Melbourne, and we were discussing
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
De Revolutionibus}. The book was partly a result of Gingrich's
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
we know what the print run of PM was (The print run of de Revolutionibus
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
of your institution and see if it has a copy of the **first** edition.
it has, please email Allen and me with the details. If it was bequeathed
the library by an earlier owner please tell us about him/her. Perhaps
even own a copy of the first edition yourself...?

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