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Johannes de Sacro Bosco (c.1195-c.1256)
ALGORISMUS... NOVITER IMPRESSUM. (VENICE: MELCHIORRE SESSA AND PIETRO RAVANI, 24 OCTOBER 1523)
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Johannes de Sacro Bosco (c.1195-c.1256)
ALGORISMUS... NOVITER IMPRESSUM. (VENICE: MELCHIORRE SESSA AND PIETRO RAVANI, 24 OCTOBER 1523)
LOT SOLD. 938 GBP
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Johannes de Sacro Bosco (c.1195-c.1256)
ALGORISMUS... NOVITER IMPRESSUM. (VENICE: MELCHIORRE SESSA AND PIETRO RAVANI, 24 OCTOBER 1523)
4to (209 x 148mm.), 8 ff., woodcut Sessa device on title-page, woodcut initials, woodcut diagram on final verso, modern binding reusing old carta rustica, modern printed paper label on upper cover, small stain at head of last leaf
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Provenance

C.E. Rappaport, Rome, book label, bought in 1994

Literature

Tomash & Williams S2; Edit16 47685 (listing 3 copies); Smith, Rara arithmetica p.35

Catalogue Note

RARE. Sacro Bosco's tract on algebra was first printed in Strassburg in 1488, as part of Anianus's Computus. It is a brief treatise which introduced Arabic numerals into the curriculum in order to simplify calculations; its popularity and widespread use is attested by the number of surviving manuscripts and its appearance in medieval university curricula.

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