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Ceulen, Ludolf van (1539/1540-1610)
DE ARITHMETISCHE EN GEOMETRISCHE FONDAMENTEN. LEIDEN: JOOST VAN COLSTER & JACOB MARCUS, 1615
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Ceulen, Ludolf van (1539/1540-1610)
DE ARITHMETISCHE EN GEOMETRISCHE FONDAMENTEN. LEIDEN: JOOST VAN COLSTER & JACOB MARCUS, 1615
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2,5003,500
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Ceulen, Ludolf van (1539/1540-1610)
DE ARITHMETISCHE EN GEOMETRISCHE FONDAMENTEN. LEIDEN: JOOST VAN COLSTER & JACOB MARCUS, 1615
FIRST EDITION, variant issue (see footnote), folio (294 x 196mm.), woodcut geometrical diagram on title (and not engraved medallion portrait of author), dedication on verso of title to Prince Maurits, woodcut illustrations and initials, contemporary vellum, speckled edges, modern folding cloth box, occasional marginal dampstaining or tears, vellum slightly soiled
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Provenance

bought from De Graaf Antiquarian Booksellers, Nieuwkoop, 1986

Literature

Tomash & Williams C57; Hoogendoorn p.197 Ceu05 1.2 (no copy of this issue located); STCN 832448400 

Catalogue Note

Published posthumously by the author's widow, Adriana Simons. Seven different issues of this first edition are known, each with different preliminaries. Here, the imprint on the title-page is elaborated to record the name of the publisher, Isaac van Waesberghe ("Men vintse te koop tot Rotterdam by Isaack van Waesberghe, by de Marckt in de Fame"), and the dedicatory address (subscribed by Adriana Simons) is to Maurits of Nassau and the States of Holland and West Friesland.

The six other issues have identical imprint on title-page ("Tot Leyden, By Ioost van Colster, ende Iacob Marcus, 1615") and a colophon naming a Leiden publisher, Uldrick Cornelissz Honthorst. Their dedications and prefaces differ, being addressed respectively to Maurits of Nassau and the States of Holland and West Friesland; the States of Zeeland; Willem of Nassau and the States of Friesland; Ernest of Nassau and the States of Gelderland; States of the Province of Overijssel; the Superintendents and Councils of the Admiralties of Holland and West Friesland. The title-pages of those six issues are ornamented by an engraved portrait, whereas Van Waesberghe has placed a geometrical woodcut on the title-page of his issue.

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