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Digges, Leonard (c.1515-c.1559) and Thomas Digges (1546-1595)
A GEOMETRICAL PRACTISE, NAMED PANTOMETRIA, DIVIDE INTO THREE BOOKS, LONGIMETRIA, PLANIMETRIA AND STEREOMETRIA... FRAMED BY LEONARD DIGGES GENTLEMAN, LATELY FINISHED BY THOMAS DIGGES HIS SONNE. LONDON: HENRY BYNNEMAN, 1571
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Digges, Leonard (c.1515-c.1559) and Thomas Digges (1546-1595)
A GEOMETRICAL PRACTISE, NAMED PANTOMETRIA, DIVIDE INTO THREE BOOKS, LONGIMETRIA, PLANIMETRIA AND STEREOMETRIA... FRAMED BY LEONARD DIGGES GENTLEMAN, LATELY FINISHED BY THOMAS DIGGES HIS SONNE. LONDON: HENRY BYNNEMAN, 1571
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 17,500 GBP
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Digges, Leonard (c.1515-c.1559) and Thomas Digges (1546-1595)
A GEOMETRICAL PRACTISE, NAMED PANTOMETRIA, DIVIDE INTO THREE BOOKS, LONGIMETRIA, PLANIMETRIA AND STEREOMETRIA... FRAMED BY LEONARD DIGGES GENTLEMAN, LATELY FINISHED BY THOMAS DIGGES HIS SONNE. LONDON: HENRY BYNNEMAN, 1571
4to (182 x 140mm.), woodcut illustration on title-page (partly coloured), woodcut armorial on verso of title-page and on final recto, woodcut initials and headpieces, woodcut illustrations and diagrams (with a cancel slip for one of the woodcuts on T2v tipped into the gutter, the slip containing a dodecahedron to replace the printed octahedron), woodcut printer's device at end, later half calf over older marbled boards, title-page reattached, boards slightly soiled, board edges rubbed
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Provenance

Charles W. Williams, morocco book label; bought from D. & E. Lake, Toronto, 1988

Literature

Tomash & Williams D53; ESTC S111670; Instruments in print 4; STC 6858

Catalogue Note

FIRST EDITION. Leonard Digges died before he finished this treatise on surveying, so it was completed and extended by his son Thomas. While some of the surveying matter had previously appeared in works by Apianus and Gemma Frisius, this is the first appearance of descriptions of the use of these instruments in English. This volume also contains the first description of the theodolite, a term coined by Digges in this work, though the instrument itself was already in use on the Continent. There is even a brief mention of the use of lenses, indicating that Digges had ideas about the telescope before it was first described properly in 1608.

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