439
439
Morland, Samuel (1625-1695)
[THE DESCRIPTION AND USE OF TWO ARITHMETICK INSTRUMENTS... 1673] A NEW, AND MOST USEFUL INSTRUMENT FOR ADDITION AND SUBSTRACTION (SIC) OF POUNDS, SHILLINGS, PENCE, AND FARTHINGS. WITHOUT CHARGING THE MEMORY, DISTURBING THE MIND, OR EXPOSING THE OPERATOR TO ANY UNCERTAINTY. [LONDON], 1672
Estimate
8001,000
LOT SOLD. 3,000 GBP
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439
Morland, Samuel (1625-1695)
[THE DESCRIPTION AND USE OF TWO ARITHMETICK INSTRUMENTS... 1673] A NEW, AND MOST USEFUL INSTRUMENT FOR ADDITION AND SUBSTRACTION (SIC) OF POUNDS, SHILLINGS, PENCE, AND FARTHINGS. WITHOUT CHARGING THE MEMORY, DISTURBING THE MIND, OR EXPOSING THE OPERATOR TO ANY UNCERTAINTY. [LONDON], 1672
Estimate
8001,000
LOT SOLD. 3,000 GBP
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Morland, Samuel (1625-1695)
[THE DESCRIPTION AND USE OF TWO ARITHMETICK INSTRUMENTS... 1673] A NEW, AND MOST USEFUL INSTRUMENT FOR ADDITION AND SUBSTRACTION (SIC) OF POUNDS, SHILLINGS, PENCE, AND FARTHINGS. WITHOUT CHARGING THE MEMORY, DISTURBING THE MIND, OR EXPOSING THE OPERATOR TO ANY UNCERTAINTY. [LONDON], 1672
FIRST EDITION, later issue (see footnote), 8vo (142 x 90mm.), illustrations: 24 of 26 engravings as follows - 6 full-page illustrations printed on blank versos of title and pp.1-5 (A2-7), 3 (of 4) folding plates pasted onto blank versos of text leaves pp.[8]-10 (B1-3), 2 further plates, one folding, and 13 full-page illustrations printed on verso of text leaves or printed dos-à-dos, contemporary calf, lacking portrait and one folding plate on verso of p.6 (A8), without an additional printed title ("The description and use of two arithmetick instruments") and text leaf F8 (for these see lots 438 and 440), binding slightly worn, new labels on spine
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Provenance

bought from Michael Phelps, London, 1989

Literature

Tomash & Williams M133; cf. Kress (supplement) S.538

Catalogue Note

Other copies or issues of this work contain two title pages: "The description and use of two arithmetick instruments", and "A new, and most useful instrument for addition and substraction (sic)" (see lots 438 and 440). The first title is dated 1673 and the second 1672. In this copy only the second one is present as in the copy recorded as Wing M2781 and possibly the copies listed as ESTC R202441 and R479027.

Compared with the two other copies in the collection, this one has the first gathering (A) reset, and compared with the first copy (lot 438) it has more of the illustrations printed on the versos of text leaves which, according to ESTC, is an indication of later issues. It is likely that this copy is therefore a later issue of the first edition, despite its only title being dated 1672.

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