447
447
Napier, John (1550-1617)
A PLAINE DISCOVERY OF THE WHOLE REVELATION OF SAINT JOHN... WHEREUNTO ARE ANNEXED CERTAINE ORACLES OF SIBYLLA, AGREEING WITH THE REVELATION AND OTHER PLACES OF SCRIPTURE. EDINBURGH: ROBERT WALDEGRAVE, 1593
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LOT SOLD. 2,500 GBP
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447
Napier, John (1550-1617)
A PLAINE DISCOVERY OF THE WHOLE REVELATION OF SAINT JOHN... WHEREUNTO ARE ANNEXED CERTAINE ORACLES OF SIBYLLA, AGREEING WITH THE REVELATION AND OTHER PLACES OF SCRIPTURE. EDINBURGH: ROBERT WALDEGRAVE, 1593
Estimate
1,0001,500
LOT SOLD. 2,500 GBP
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Napier, John (1550-1617)
A PLAINE DISCOVERY OF THE WHOLE REVELATION OF SAINT JOHN... WHEREUNTO ARE ANNEXED CERTAINE ORACLES OF SIBYLLA, AGREEING WITH THE REVELATION AND OTHER PLACES OF SCRIPTURE. EDINBURGH: ROBERT WALDEGRAVE, 1593
4to (185 x 125mm.), title within woodcut border, woodcut armorial on verso of title-page, woodcut initials and headpieces, early nineteenth-century straight-grained red morocco gilt, gilt edges, O6 supplied from another shorter copy, 2 small rustholes on S3, occasional light staining, extremities slightly rubbed
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Provenance

"Ex libris Joannis Row", inscription on title-page (?John Row, 1568-1646, MA Edinburgh 1590, or his son, 1598-1672); Lord Napier (i.e. Francis, 8th Lord Napier, 1758-1823), armorial bookplate, and inscription on verso of A1, "This is the original edition of my ancestor's Treatise on the Revelation of St John. Purchased at Ross's Auction Room, Edinburgh, 7th January 1806. Napier"; Robert B. Honeyman (1897-1987), salein these rooms, 10 November 1980, lot 2287, Erwin Tomash

Literature

Tomash & Williams N6; Aldis 242; STC 18354; Macdonald, Napier, p.109

Catalogue Note

RARE. "The Plaine Discovery is an important text for anyone with an interest in Napier and his works because it explains the faith that governed his intellectual, public, and private lives. His hopes and fears, and those of his audiences, were reflected in the book, and the first shoots of his interest in mathematics that blossomed two decades later in the logarithms may be seen" (Alexander Corrigan, in The Life and Works of John Napier, Cham: Springer Verlag, 2017, p.63).

Although the title-page is dated 1593, Napier's "Episle Dedicatorie" is dated "the 29. Daye of Ianuar. 1593" (i.e. 1594, as Scotland adopted 1 January as New Years Day in 1600). Later in 1594, a version was published by John Norton in London, which contained minor corrections (for publication history, see Macdonald pp.109-128, 166-167).

The outer sheet of quire B is in the first setting.

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