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Hood, Thomas (1556-1620)
THE MAKING AND USE OF THE GEOMETRICALL INSTRUMENT, CALLED A SECTOR... LONDON: J. WINDET AND SOLD BY S. SHORTER, [1598], BLACK LETTER, LAST LEAF WITH ERRATA, 2 ENGRAVED PLATES, WOODCUT DIAGRAMS, [T&W ADD23; ESTC S113065; LUBORSKY & INGRAM, ENGLISH ILLUSTRATED BOOKS 1536-1603, 13695; STC 13695; USTC 513711]
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Hood, Thomas (1556-1620)
THE MAKING AND USE OF THE GEOMETRICALL INSTRUMENT, CALLED A SECTOR... LONDON: J. WINDET AND SOLD BY S. SHORTER, [1598], BLACK LETTER, LAST LEAF WITH ERRATA, 2 ENGRAVED PLATES, WOODCUT DIAGRAMS, [T&W ADD23; ESTC S113065; LUBORSKY & INGRAM, ENGLISH ILLUSTRATED BOOKS 1536-1603, 13695; STC 13695; USTC 513711]
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Hood, Thomas (1556-1620)
THE MAKING AND USE OF THE GEOMETRICALL INSTRUMENT, CALLED A SECTOR... LONDON: J. WINDET AND SOLD BY S. SHORTER, [1598], BLACK LETTER, LAST LEAF WITH ERRATA, 2 ENGRAVED PLATES, WOODCUT DIAGRAMS, [T&W ADD23; ESTC S113065; LUBORSKY & INGRAM, ENGLISH ILLUSTRATED BOOKS 1536-1603, 13695; STC 13695; USTC 513711]
Mohr, Georg (1640-1697). Euclides Danicus, bestaende in twee deelen. Het eerste deel: handelt van de meetkonstige werckstucken, begrepen in de ses eerste boecken Euclidis: het tweede deel: geest aenleyding om verscheyde werckstucken te maecken... Amsterdam: Jacob van Velsen for the author, 1672, 3 folding plates with numerous figures, signed by the author in authentication, [T&W Add34; Hoogendoorn pp.657-658 MohrG01D; STCN 095738681]

Idem. Compendium Euclidis curiosi: dat is, meetkonstigh passer-werck, hoe me meet een gegeven opening van een passer en een liniael, de werck-stucken van Euclides, ontbinden kan... Amsterdam: J. Jansson van Waesberge, 1673, folding plate, [T&W Add33; Hoogendoorn p.658 MohrG02; STCN 844231762]

S., J.D. Gegen-übung auf ein mathematisch Tractaetlein, Compendium Euclidis Curiosi genant, worin nebst kurtzem Anweis um verscheidene Euclidische Aufgaben mit einer gegebenen Oeffnung des Zirkels noch auf andere Ahrt zu machen... Amsterdam: J. Jansson van Waesberge, 1673, 2 folding plates, [T&W Add 41; Hoogendoorn p.777 SJD01 and p.1063; STCN 125145705; VD17 23:641065Q]

Pilkington, Gilbert. The turnament of Tottenham. Or, the wooing, winning, and wedding, of Ribbe, the reev's daughter there... (A briefe description of the towne of Tottenham High-Crosse... written by Wilhelm Bedwell). London: J. Norton, 1631, without final blank leaf, [T&W Add 36; ESTC S114723; STC 1796]

Bedwell, William (1561-1632). Mesolabium architectonicum... invented long since by Mr Thomas Bedwell... and now published... London: J. N[orton] for William Garet, 1631, 2 engraved plates, appendix, without final blank leaf, [T&W Add 4; ESTC S101421; Harris 34; STC 21825]

Schöner, Lazarus (c. 1543-1607). De numeris geometricis. Of the nature and proprieties of geometricall numbers... Englished... by Thomas Bedwell. London: R. Field, 1614, with folding table at end, without initial blank leaf, [T&W Add 40; ESTC S116788; STC 21825]

Storms, Johannes (1507-1589). De accurata circuli dimensione et quadratura cum sylvula epigrammatum... Louvain: F. Simons, 1633, [T&W S208; USTC 1003943]

8 works in one volume (Hood bound last), 4to (185 x 130mm.), eighteenth-century mottled calf, spine gilt in compartments, red morocco lettering-piece, red edges, modern folding cloth box, occasional cropping, upper joint weak


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Provenance

Earls of Macclesfield, bookplate, sale in these rooms, 14 April 2005, lot 1407, £32,400, Erwin Tomash

Catalogue Note

The sector, also known as the proportional, geometric, or military compass, evolved in the late sixteenth-century from devices used by military engineers, and was well-known across Europe before Galileo published his work on it. Thomas Hood, a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, appointed in 1588 mathematical lecturer to the City of London, probably first learned of the instrument through contacts with the military; “with this book title, he seems to have coined the English word sector (at least as it applies to a mathematical instrument)” (Tomash & Williams, p.1459). Hood’s sector was designed mainly for land surveying. His book notifies the reader that it could be purchased from the instrument maker Charles Whitwell (fl. 1582-1611), who engraved the title-plate for this book.

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