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Forcadel, Pierre
L’ARITHMETICQUE (SIC) [LE SECOND LIVRE DE L'ARITHMETIQUE]. PARIS: GUILLAUME CAVELLAT, 1556
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 2,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
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Forcadel, Pierre
L’ARITHMETICQUE (SIC) [LE SECOND LIVRE DE L'ARITHMETIQUE]. PARIS: GUILLAUME CAVELLAT, 1556
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 2,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Forcadel, Pierre
L’ARITHMETICQUE (SIC) [LE SECOND LIVRE DE L'ARITHMETIQUE]. PARIS: GUILLAUME CAVELLAT, 1556
FIRST EDITION, 2 volumes (of 3, see footnote) in one, 4to (195 x 143mm.), woodcut device on titles and verso of last leaves, diagrams in text, errata leaf in vol.1 (with device on verso), contemporary blindstamped calf, vol.2 damp-stained in corner at end (last 3 leaves with restoration, affecting a few letters), binding somewhat worn
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Provenance

Pierre de Laporte de Chambéry, inscription on endleaf (on title "Laporte de Pierre"), with annotations in the same hand, some seemingly referring to the owner's own studies "Laporte le f[ai]t plus brief & mieux intelligible..." (f.40v); bought from Martayan Lan, New York, 1993

Literature

Tomash & Williams F84, 85; Hoock & Jeannin F12.1, F12.2; Renouard, Cavellat, 97, 98; Smith, Rara arithmetica p.284; USTC 23227, 23228

Catalogue Note

An arithmetic intended for the advanced student with theoretical interests, written a few years before the author’s appointment as a royal lecturer in the Collège de France, "perhaps the most elaborate French treatise on arithmetic published in the sixteenth century" (Smith). A third volume of this work was published by Guillaume Cavellat in 1557. The son of a merchant, Forcadel wrote and lectured in French because he was not equipped to do otherwise.

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