Lot 670
  • 670

TUNSTALL, DE ARTE SUPPUTANDI, LONDON, 1522, BRITISH MUSEUM DUPLICATE

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Description

  • De arte supputandi libri quattuor. (London: Richard Pynson, October 1522)
FIRST EDITION, 4to (227 x 155mm.), title within woodcut border by Holbein, errata on verso, woodcut initials and tables, old calf (c.1800), title soiled, occasional spotting, binding slightly worn, rebacked retaining original spine

Provenance

British Museum sale duplicate 1787, stamp on title; Michael Wodhull (1740-1816), manuscript date "June 18th 1813", on flyleaf at end, sale in these rooms 11 January 1886, lot 2596; George Dunn (1865-1912), Woolley Hall, bookplate and label, sale in these rooms 29 November 1917, lot 3835, bought by Merton; "John Burns, May 23 1918", inscription, sale in these rooms, 26 April 1944, lot 570, bought by Edwards; [Lord Kenyon (1917-1993), sale, Christie's, 12 November 1975, lot 152]; British Rail Pension Fund, sale in these rooms, 22 September 1988, lot 215, Erwin Tomash

Literature

Tomash & Williams T57; ESTC S118552; STC 24319; Smith, Rara arithmetica, pp.132-4

Catalogue Note

THE FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST BOOK WHOLLY DEVOTED TO ARITHMETIC TO BE PRINTED IN ENGLAND. All editions but the first were printed on the Continent where it was greatly admired. His arithmetic, which was inspired by his need to protect himself in monetary transactions, was based upon Italian models and includes business applications of the day, such as partnership, profit and loss, and exchange. The work is dedicated to Sir Thomas More, Tunstall's friend and admirer.
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