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Martínez Silíceo, Juan (1486?-1557)
LIBER ARITHMETICE PRACTICE ASTROLOGIS PHISICIS ET CALCULATORIBUS ADMODUM UTILIS. PARIS: THOMAS KEES FOR JEAN PETIT & JEAN LAMBERT, 23 JUNE 1513
Estimate
1,0001,500
LOT SOLD. 3,750 GBP
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403
Martínez Silíceo, Juan (1486?-1557)
LIBER ARITHMETICE PRACTICE ASTROLOGIS PHISICIS ET CALCULATORIBUS ADMODUM UTILIS. PARIS: THOMAS KEES FOR JEAN PETIT & JEAN LAMBERT, 23 JUNE 1513
Estimate
1,0001,500
LOT SOLD. 3,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Martínez Silíceo, Juan (1486?-1557)
LIBER ARITHMETICE PRACTICE ASTROLOGIS PHISICIS ET CALCULATORIBUS ADMODUM UTILIS. PARIS: THOMAS KEES FOR JEAN PETIT & JEAN LAMBERT, 23 JUNE 1513
FIRST EDITION, issue with Petit’s device on title, small folio (265 x 192mm.), title printed in red and black with woodcut printer’s device, the whole within a woodcut border, criblé initials, woodcut diagrams, a few early annotations, brown morocco by Zaehnsdorf, red morocco-backed chemise and slipcase, minor worming in the text, title page remargined at foot
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Provenance

Johannes Knipfberg fisicus, faded inscription on title; L'Art Ancien, Zurich, Bulletin XVII, (c.1928-1930), item 679 (Sfr 300); Robert B. Honeyman (1897-1987), sale in these rooms, 31 October 1978, lot 350, Globe Bookstore, £500; bought from E.P. Goldschmidt & Co., London, 1987

Literature

Tomash & Williams M55; BP16 102321; Navarro Brotóns 517; Smith, Rara arithmetica, pp.95-96; USTC 144136

Catalogue Note

The author was an Iberian mathematician who had come to the university of Paris in 1498, where he taught mathematics (to Oronce Fine among others), while being a student (of dialectic and theology); he afterwards was called to Salamanca as professor of natural philosophy. This work retains the usual structure of the algorismus, but presents a simple version of the rule of three, belonging to the abacus tradition. This was a novelty in university mathematics and the passage was stricken when Oronce Fine brought out a new edition in 1519

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