573
573
Rudolff, Christoff (c.1500-c.1543)
BEHEND UNND HUBSCH RECHNUNG DURCH DIE KUNSTREICHEN REGELN ALGEBRE SO GEMEINCKLICH DIE COSS GENENNT WARDEN... STRASSBURG: WOLFGANG KÖPFEL, 1525, WOODCUT DIAGRAMS
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573
Rudolff, Christoff (c.1500-c.1543)
BEHEND UNND HUBSCH RECHNUNG DURCH DIE KUNSTREICHEN REGELN ALGEBRE SO GEMEINCKLICH DIE COSS GENENNT WARDEN... STRASSBURG: WOLFGANG KÖPFEL, 1525, WOODCUT DIAGRAMS
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 GBP
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Rudolff, Christoff (c.1500-c.1543)
BEHEND UNND HUBSCH RECHNUNG DURCH DIE KUNSTREICHEN REGELN ALGEBRE SO GEMEINCKLICH DIE COSS GENENNT WARDEN... STRASSBURG: WOLFGANG KÖPFEL, 1525, WOODCUT DIAGRAMS
Schreiber, Heinrich (1492/1496-1525/1526). Ayn new kunstlich Buech welches gar gewiß und behend lernet nach der gemainen regel Detre... Nuremberg: Johann Stuchs for Lukas Alantsee of Vienna, [after 20 July] 1518 [or 1521], title printed in red and black, woodcut arms of Johann Tscherte on verso of title-page (slightly obscured on one edge), full-page woodcuts, some deckle edges

2 works in one volume, 8vo (159 x 100mm.), contemporary blind-stamped German calf, small central stamp of the Crucifixion, lettered in Spanish ARISMETICA REGL De LE COS, modern ties, annotations in Spanish and German, heavily restored at edges


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Provenance

"Conv[entus] Cathesis", inscription on first title-page; Reiss and Auvermann, Auktion 39, 11 October 1988, lot 102, DM 31,000, Erwin Tomash

Literature

Rudolff: Tomash & Williams R123; Benzing-Müller, I, no. 1581 and II, p.277 no.73 and p.299 no. 1; Hoock & Jeannin R14.1; Stillwell II.226; USTC 615538; VD16 R3435
Schreiber: Tomash & Williams S61; Hoock & Jeannin S14.1; Stillwell II.233; USTC 614997; VD16 S4144 (as [1521]); Manfred Weidauer, "Bibliographie der Schriften von Heinrich Schreyber" in Heinrich Schreyber aus Erfurt, genannt Grammateus. Festschrift zum 500 Geburtstag, edited by Manfred Weidauer (Munich, 1996), pp.143-165 (p.148 no. 3A, locating 11 copies)

Catalogue Note

FIRST EDITIONS, BOTH RARE. Rudolff, from Silesia, was a pupil of Schreiber's in Vienna, and he remained in that city as a teacher of mathematics. This work, often referred to as Coss, is considered to be the first book on algebra written in German. Schreiber "is credited with being the first German mathematician to use plus and minus signs in algebraic equations" (Stillwell, p.69). The woodcuts depict a counting house, a blacksmith's forge, a cloth dealer's shop and the gauging of a wine barrel.

This volume has notes in German on the front flyleaves with dates from 1599 to 1647; at the end are 14 pages of notes in Spanish dated 6 January 1545, relating to mercantile calculations. This book was plausibly owned by a Spanish merchant in Germany.

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