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Logarithms
MANUSCRIPT NOTEBOOK, IN ENGLISH
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 15,000 GBP
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375
Logarithms
MANUSCRIPT NOTEBOOK, IN ENGLISH
Estimate
3,0005,000
LOT SOLD. 15,000 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Logarithms
MANUSCRIPT NOTEBOOK, IN ENGLISH
containing an untitled treatise on logarithms ("...Logarithmes are numbers which being joined to proportionalls do keepe equall differences..."), thirty chapters, in a single neat hand with a few careful corrections (including two slips pasted down with revised text), the final chapter ("Of ordinate Isoperimetrall Figures") incomplete, 68 pages, with additional notes on logarithms and other mathematical subjects, problems and calculations, tables for calculating measures, weights, and financial sums, astrological calculations, and also, written from the reverse, the introduction of another treatise on logarithms, incomplete, 4 pages, the great bulk of the mathematical content probably 1620s-1630s with later entries to the later 17th century (one dated 1676), in various hands, altogether c. 100 pages, plus blanks, folio, contemporary Oxford blind-stamped calf binding, one of the stamps with the initials RW (Oldham FP.g(6) 690, in use 1518, 1560, 1596-1620), reversed calf spine covering attached with metal strips, incunabula leaves used as pastedowns, lacking two pairs of ties, light damp damage

"The invention of the Logarithmes is wholly given unto John Napper Baron of Marchiston in Scotland… Mr. Edward Wright that famous mathematician translated them into English… Mr. Henry Briggs and Mr. Edmund Gunter went into Scotland to conferr with the worthy inventor… How to refine them into an easier method… & published divers severall additions…and the logarithms for sinds tangents secants which Invention all Artists may truly honor them for ever, but every man cannot write all but posterity will find more use then the Inventors can see at first…"


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Provenance

"Richard Farmby", possible early ownership inscription; Bloomsbury Auctions, 20 November 1997, lot 423, £850, Erwin Tomash

Literature

Tomash & Williams H15

Catalogue Note

AN EARLY ENGLISH TREATISE ON LOGARITHMS.

The Erwin Tomash Library on the History of Computing

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