Newton’s copy of Mede: Found!

Detail showing the future Millennium from the apocalyptic time chart found in Newton’s copy of Mede’s Works (1672). Mede’s chart likely helped inspire Newton’s own apocalyptic beliefs. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

I am extremely pleased to announce a major discovery done by my friend Stephen Snobelen, who is a Professor in History of Science at King’s College, Halifax, and an authority on Newton’s religion. He is also an important contributor to the Newton Project, singlehandedly responsible for all things found below this link. Hiding in plain sight in the Huntington Library, where he currently resides as a Dibner Fellow, he found Newton’s copy of Joseph Mede’s Works. Newton drew extensively on Mede’s interpretations of the prophecies in the Biblical books of Daniel and Revelation in his theological research, which was published posthumously (in 1733) as Observations upon the Prophecies of Daniel and the Apocalypse.

Here is Stephen story on Verso, the Huntington Library’s blog. Enjoy!


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