325
325
Köbel, Jacob (c.1462-1533)
AIN NEW GEORDNET RECHEN BIECHLIN AUF DEN LINIEN MIT RECHEN PFENINGEN: DEN JUNGEN ANGENDEN ZU HEISLICHEM GEBRAUCH UND HENDELN LEYCHTLICH ZU LERNEN MIT FIGUREN UND EXEMPELN. VOLGTHERNACH KLÄRKLICHEN ANGEZAIGT. AUGSBURG: ERHART ÖGLIN, 1514
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
325
Köbel, Jacob (c.1462-1533)
AIN NEW GEORDNET RECHEN BIECHLIN AUF DEN LINIEN MIT RECHEN PFENINGEN: DEN JUNGEN ANGENDEN ZU HEISLICHEM GEBRAUCH UND HENDELN LEYCHTLICH ZU LERNEN MIT FIGUREN UND EXEMPELN. VOLGTHERNACH KLÄRKLICHEN ANGEZAIGT. AUGSBURG: ERHART ÖGLIN, 1514
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Köbel, Jacob (c.1462-1533)
AIN NEW GEORDNET RECHEN BIECHLIN AUF DEN LINIEN MIT RECHEN PFENINGEN: DEN JUNGEN ANGENDEN ZU HEISLICHEM GEBRAUCH UND HENDELN LEYCHTLICH ZU LERNEN MIT FIGUREN UND EXEMPELN. VOLGTHERNACH KLÄRKLICHEN ANGEZAIGT. AUGSBURG: ERHART ÖGLIN, 1514
FIRST EDITION, small 4to (193 x 130mm.), gothic letter, woodcut on title, diagrams in text, woodcut initials, blue wrappers, half red morocco case, title soiled and repaired at inner margin and at lower corner, final quire reinforced, some leaves and wrappers slightly stained or soiled
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Provenance

Virgilius Arsatius Kopp of Munich, early ownership inscription on first text leaf; label in upper corner of wrapper: Math. P.; Robert B. Honeyman (1897-1987), sale in these rooms, 12-13 May 1980, lot 1843, £600; Hartung & Hartung, Auktion 103, 6 November 2001, lot 241, DM13,800, Erwin Tomash

Literature

Tomash & Williams K58; Benzing, Köbel, no. 31 and 97; Hoock & Jeannin K8.1; Kramer 260; Smith, Rara arithmetica pp.100-106; USTC 610011; VD16 K1643

Catalogue Note

Köbel "was not only a famous rechenmeister but also a skilled painter and engraver. This arithmetic went through a large number of editions (at least twenty-two in the sixteenth century), occasionally being modified slightly and often being printed with other works by Köbel. A second edition was brought out in Oppenheim the same year as the first—the two may be easily distinguished by the colophon. This is a very rare work, not only because of its scarcity but also because of the content. It is unusual to find an arithmetic in which the material is explained using only the table abacus and Roman numerals (except for the use of Hindu-Arabic numbers in the discussion of notation). At this time most Germans would have been using the abacus and Roman notation for their work, but the majority of writers on the subject would have included a section on algorism if not made it their major topic" (Tomash & Williams).

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