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451
Napier, John (1550-1617)
MIRIFICI LOGARITHMORUM CANONIS CONSTRUCTIO... UNA CUM APPENDICE... QUIBUS ACCESSERE PROPOSITIONES AD TRIANGULA SPHAERICA FACILIORE CALCULO RESOLVENDA, [ETC.]. EDINBURGH: ANDREW HART, 1619, WOODCUT ADDITIONAL TITLE, [HENDERSON PP.28-29 NO. 5.0; MACDONALD PP.140-141; STC 18350], SOME DAMP-STAINING, ADDITIONAL TITLE SLIGHTLY CROPPED AT HEAD
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 GBP
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451
Napier, John (1550-1617)
MIRIFICI LOGARITHMORUM CANONIS CONSTRUCTIO... UNA CUM APPENDICE... QUIBUS ACCESSERE PROPOSITIONES AD TRIANGULA SPHAERICA FACILIORE CALCULO RESOLVENDA, [ETC.]. EDINBURGH: ANDREW HART, 1619, WOODCUT ADDITIONAL TITLE, [HENDERSON PP.28-29 NO. 5.0; MACDONALD PP.140-141; STC 18350], SOME DAMP-STAINING, ADDITIONAL TITLE SLIGHTLY CROPPED AT HEAD
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 GBP
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Napier, John (1550-1617)
MIRIFICI LOGARITHMORUM CANONIS CONSTRUCTIO... UNA CUM APPENDICE... QUIBUS ACCESSERE PROPOSITIONES AD TRIANGULA SPHAERICA FACILIORE CALCULO RESOLVENDA, [ETC.]. EDINBURGH: ANDREW HART, 1619, WOODCUT ADDITIONAL TITLE, [HENDERSON PP.28-29 NO. 5.0; MACDONALD PP.140-141; STC 18350], SOME DAMP-STAINING, ADDITIONAL TITLE SLIGHTLY CROPPED AT HEAD
Gregory, James (1638-1675). Vera circuli et hyperbolae quadratura, in propria sua proportionis specie, inventa, & demonstrata. Padua: G. de Cadorino, (1667), folding engraved plate at end, a few woodcut diagrams in text, cropped at upper and lower edge (including imprint), title slightly soiled

Estienne, Henri. The art of making devises... Translated into English... by T. B[lount]. London: Printed for John Holden, 1650, engraved additional title and 10 plates, a few engraved illustrations, [ESTC R12325; Wing E3352], some cropping, title slightly soiled

3 works in one volume, 4to (180 x 130mm.), eighteenth-century half calf, gilt spine, red morocco label lettered "Geomet[ry] & devises", red edges, modern cloth folding box


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Provenance

Earls of Macclesfield, bookplate and blind-stamp on title, sale in these rooms, 4 November 2004, lot 885, £6,500, Erwin Tomash

Literature

Tomash & Williams N4, Add13, Add18

Catalogue Note

FIRST EDITION of Napier's Mirifici logarithmorum canonis constructio.

After the publication in 1614 of the description and the table of Napier's logarithms Mirifici logarithmorum canonis descriptio (see lot 448), he intended to publish a book explaining how they had been calculated. However he died in 1617 and his work had to be completed by his son Robert. It was published in 1619 under the title Mirifici logarithmorum canonis constructio. The two works are commonly referred to as the Descriptio and the Constructio.

Whilst the Descriptio was reprinted and translated many times, the Constructio, without any tables, was of little popular interest and was not translated into English until 1889. The woodcut title-page present in this copy was intended to be used as a general title when the two works were bound together and has the wording: Mirifici logarithmorum canonis descriptio... accesserunt opera posthuma... Mirifici ipsius canonis constructio. As with most copies, this one does not contain the reissue of the Descriptio.

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