356
356
Leurechon, Jean (1591-1670), supposed author
MATHEMATICALL RECREATIONS. OR, A COLLECTION OF MANY PROBLEMES... WRITTEN FIRST IN GREEKE AND LATIN, LATELY COMPI'LD (SIC) IN FRENCH, BY HENRY VAN ETTEN, AND NOW IN ENGLISH... WHEREUNTO IS ADDED THE DESCRIPTION AND USE OF THE GENERALL HOROLOGICALL RING: AND THE DOUBLE HORIZONTALL DIALL. INVENTED AND WRITTEN BY WILLIAM OUGHTRED. LONDON: WILLIAM LEAKE, 1653
Estimate
7001,000
LOT SOLD. 1,375 GBP
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356
Leurechon, Jean (1591-1670), supposed author
MATHEMATICALL RECREATIONS. OR, A COLLECTION OF MANY PROBLEMES... WRITTEN FIRST IN GREEKE AND LATIN, LATELY COMPI'LD (SIC) IN FRENCH, BY HENRY VAN ETTEN, AND NOW IN ENGLISH... WHEREUNTO IS ADDED THE DESCRIPTION AND USE OF THE GENERALL HOROLOGICALL RING: AND THE DOUBLE HORIZONTALL DIALL. INVENTED AND WRITTEN BY WILLIAM OUGHTRED. LONDON: WILLIAM LEAKE, 1653
Estimate
7001,000
LOT SOLD. 1,375 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Leurechon, Jean (1591-1670), supposed author
MATHEMATICALL RECREATIONS. OR, A COLLECTION OF MANY PROBLEMES... WRITTEN FIRST IN GREEKE AND LATIN, LATELY COMPI'LD (SIC) IN FRENCH, BY HENRY VAN ETTEN, AND NOW IN ENGLISH... WHEREUNTO IS ADDED THE DESCRIPTION AND USE OF THE GENERALL HOROLOGICALL RING: AND THE DOUBLE HORIZONTALL DIALL. INVENTED AND WRITTEN BY WILLIAM OUGHTRED. LONDON: WILLIAM LEAKE, 1653
Second edition in English, 2 parts in one volume (continuous signatures), 8vo (161 x 97mm.), engraved additional title folded at edges with text leaf opposite containing verses entitled "On the Frontispiece and Booke", numerous engraved illustrations printed in the text, modern panelled calf in period style
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Provenance

Samuel Boothcraft, contemporary signature on engraved title; Harry Pratley (1905-1987), sale in these rooms 13-15 January 1988, lot 205, Bickersteth; bought from David Bickersteth, Royston, Herts, 1988

Literature

Tomash & Williams E18 (and O42); ESTC R217635; Trevor H. Hall, Old conjuring books, pp.83-119; Instruments in print 8; David Singmaster, The bibliography of some recreational mathematics books (third edition, London 1996), p.14; Toole Stott, A Bibliography of English conjuring, 1581-1876, 430; Wing L1790

Catalogue Note

A collection of ninety-one arithmetical and combinatorial problems, problems on practical geometry, questions and experiments in cosmology, optics, perspective, and mechanics, “secrets of nature”, etc. The author ostensibly is Henry van Etten, whose name is given on the title of this edition, and as “H. van Etten” beneath the dedication of the first French edition (Pont-à-Mousson, 1624). Although the name “Jean Laurechon” appears in no French or English edition of the book, it is widely assumed (without qualification) that he is the true author, using van Etten as his pseudonym.

This second English edition follows that of London 1633, with the addition (beginning on X1 recto) of The Description and use of the double horizontal dyal, a work by William Oughtred (1575-1660), first published in 1636. The prominence of Oughtred’s name on the title-page raised speculation that he might be the translator of Récreation mathématique, despite the fact that Oughtred’s name appeared nowhere in 1633 London edition. The ESTC now adds Francis Malthus, author of a work on fireworks, as a possible translator.

According to ESTC this is the first issue of this edition, with "Greeke" and "compi’ld" in the title, and "Temple Gates" in the imprint.

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