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Wallis, John
OPERA MATHEMATICA (OPERA QUAEDAM MISCELLANEA). OXFORD: E THEATRO SHELDONIANO, 1699
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Wallis, John
OPERA MATHEMATICA (OPERA QUAEDAM MISCELLANEA). OXFORD: E THEATRO SHELDONIANO, 1699
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 13,750 GBP
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Wallis, John
OPERA MATHEMATICA (OPERA QUAEDAM MISCELLANEA). OXFORD: E THEATRO SHELDONIANO, 1699
4 parts in 3 volumes, folio (318 x 200mm.), engraved Sheldonian device on title-pages, engraved portrait of Wallis by Burghers after Loggan in volumes I and II, woodcut and engraved diagrams and illustrations, 4 engraved plates (2 folding), contemporary English panelled calf, lacking portrait by Sonman in volume III, occasional light browning or foxing, a few small rustholes, 5G2-3 misbound in volume I, Cc2-3 misbound in volume III, 4G2-3  and quire 4K misbound in volume III, extremities rubbed and repaired, upper joint of volume II cracking
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Provenance

Oxhey, inscription on front pastedowns; William Bucknall, engraved arms pasted to recto of portraits in volumes I-II and verso of dedication in volume III

Literature

Wing W597 & W597A; Babson 184

Catalogue Note

A substantial compilation of the writings of John Wallis, Savilian professor of Geometry at Oxford and one of the founders of the Royal Society. Volume I contains works on arithmetic and mechanics, volume II contains the writings on algebra, and volume III includes the Harmonica of Ptolemy together with Porphyry’s commentary on the same and the Harmonica of Manuel Bryennius (14th century), Archimedes, Arenarius, Dimensio circuli with the commentary of Eutocius, Aristarchus, De magnitudinibus & distantiis solis & lunae, followed by the fragment of book II of Pappus, all in Greek with Latin versions, and Wallis’s correspondence. The miscellaneous works include his grammatical and theological writings.

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