450
450
Napier, John (1550-1617)
A DESCRIPTION OF THE ADMIRABLE TABLE OF LOGARITHMES... TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH BY THE LATE LEARNED AND FAMOUS MATHEMATICIAN, EDWARD WRIGHT. WITH AN ADDITION OF THE INSTRUMENTALL TABLE TO FIND THE PART PROPORTIONALL... BY HENRIE BRIGS... WHEREUNTO IS ADDED NEW RULES FOR THE EASE OF THE STUDENT. LONDON: SIMON WATERSON, 1618
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 GBP
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450
Napier, John (1550-1617)
A DESCRIPTION OF THE ADMIRABLE TABLE OF LOGARITHMES... TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH BY THE LATE LEARNED AND FAMOUS MATHEMATICIAN, EDWARD WRIGHT. WITH AN ADDITION OF THE INSTRUMENTALL TABLE TO FIND THE PART PROPORTIONALL... BY HENRIE BRIGS... WHEREUNTO IS ADDED NEW RULES FOR THE EASE OF THE STUDENT. LONDON: SIMON WATERSON, 1618
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 10,000 GBP
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Napier, John (1550-1617)
A DESCRIPTION OF THE ADMIRABLE TABLE OF LOGARITHMES... TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH BY THE LATE LEARNED AND FAMOUS MATHEMATICIAN, EDWARD WRIGHT. WITH AN ADDITION OF THE INSTRUMENTALL TABLE TO FIND THE PART PROPORTIONALL... BY HENRIE BRIGS... WHEREUNTO IS ADDED NEW RULES FOR THE EASE OF THE STUDENT. LONDON: SIMON WATERSON, 1618
Second edition in English, 12mo (146 x 80mm.), folding engraved plate, woodcut diagrams, including one full-page on p.77, contemporary calf, lacking last preliminary leaf ("A view of this booke" with errata on verso - see footnote), E2 loose, E11-12 bound at end, Appendix (A3-10) bound directly after title, binding with slight loss to 2 corners and head of spine, some further wear to spine, upper joint split
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Provenance

early inscriptions (see footnote); Stephen Peter Rigaud (1774-1839), astronomer and historian of astronomy and mathematics, inscription dated Jan. 23 1819; Radcliffe Observatory Oxford, stamp, sale in these rooms 7 May 1935, lot 196, bought by E.P. Goldschmidt; bought from Roger Gaskell, Warboys, Cambridgeshire, 1992, Catalogue 5, item 55

Literature

Tomash & Williams N15; ESTC S124801; Henderson p.28 no.3.0; STC 18352; Macdonald, Napier, pp.144-147

Catalogue Note

A translation of Mirifici logarithmorum canonis descriptio (see lot 448). This is the second English edition, with a new title page and an appendix. In this copy the original (1616) title has been removed and replaced with a new gathering which includes all the new material for this edition - a title (1618) and appendix (8 leaves), plus 3 blanks - all of which are placed at the beginning of the work. The old title and its conjugate leaf have been removed resulting in the loss of A12 ("A view of this booke" with errata on verso).

This copy has various near contemporary notes on the first blank leaf "Wednesday and Saturdays, alle at the White Bear below St. Brides church", and on the verso various names and addresses, including John Hallywell, Mr Bourchier, and Mr ?Treedler.

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