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Stifel, Michael (1487-1567)
ARITHMETICA INTEGRA. CUM PRAEFATIONE PHILIPPI MELANCHTHONIS. NUREMBERG: J. PETREIUS, 1544
Estimate
2,5003,500
LOT SOLD. 4,375 GBP
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617
Stifel, Michael (1487-1567)
ARITHMETICA INTEGRA. CUM PRAEFATIONE PHILIPPI MELANCHTHONIS. NUREMBERG: J. PETREIUS, 1544
Estimate
2,5003,500
LOT SOLD. 4,375 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Stifel, Michael (1487-1567)
ARITHMETICA INTEGRA. CUM PRAEFATIONE PHILIPPI MELANCHTHONIS. NUREMBERG: J. PETREIUS, 1544
FIRST EDITION, 4to (190 x 135mm.), woodcut diagrams, some notes in an old hand, vellum (a remboitage), modern printed label on spine, title and last leaf soiled, stained and worn, title with Melanchthon's name erased and with some modern writing in blue ink, some damp-staining to text, new endleaves
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Provenance

Laszlo Patai, modern inscription on title; Haskell F. Norman (1915-1996), book label, sale, Christie's, 18 March 1998, lot 199, Erwin Tomash

Literature

Tomash & Williams S190; VD16 S9006; Norman 2019; Smith, Rara arithmetica, p.223; Stillwell, Awakening of interest in science, 236; USTC 613064


Catalogue Note

Stifel was, like Luther, an Augustinian and an early reformer (and like Luther a hymn writer and author of theological works). A pupil of Milich at Wittemberg, who really inspired him to write this work, he here sets out the sum total of knowledge about arithmetic and algebra as it then existed, and added some new things of his own. His exceptional knowledge of and skill in number theory is well shown in book II of this work, and it also contains some basic contributions to the idea of logarithmic computation. Stifel was the greatest of sixteenth-century German mathematicians, and this work went through a number of editions.

In this copy Melanchthon's name has been inked out on title-page, as was the case in the copy illustrated by Smith on p.225 (where his preface was also removed).

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