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Vernier, Pierre (1580-1637)
LA CONSTRUCTION, L'USAGE, ET LES PROPRIETEZ DU QUADRANT NOUVEAU DE MATHÉMATIQUE. BRUSSELS: FRANÇOIS VIVIEN, 1631, FIRST EDITION, FOLDING ENGRAVED PLATE, [T&W ADD 45; STCV 6830631; USTC 1004804], SHORT TEAR IN PLATE REPAIRED
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676
Vernier, Pierre (1580-1637)
LA CONSTRUCTION, L'USAGE, ET LES PROPRIETEZ DU QUADRANT NOUVEAU DE MATHÉMATIQUE. BRUSSELS: FRANÇOIS VIVIEN, 1631, FIRST EDITION, FOLDING ENGRAVED PLATE, [T&W ADD 45; STCV 6830631; USTC 1004804], SHORT TEAR IN PLATE REPAIRED
Estimate
1,5002,000
LOT SOLD. 2,375 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Vernier, Pierre (1580-1637)
LA CONSTRUCTION, L'USAGE, ET LES PROPRIETEZ DU QUADRANT NOUVEAU DE MATHÉMATIQUE. BRUSSELS: FRANÇOIS VIVIEN, 1631, FIRST EDITION, FOLDING ENGRAVED PLATE, [T&W ADD 45; STCV 6830631; USTC 1004804], SHORT TEAR IN PLATE REPAIRED
Wurstisen, Christian (1544-1588). Elementa arithmeticae, logicis legibus deducta, in usum Academiae Basil... Editio ultima. Basel: Sebastian Henricpetri, April 1602, woodcut diagrams, [T&W Add50; VD17 32:632759C], browned and slightly wormed throughout

2 works in one volume, 8vo (160 x 94mm.), eighteenth-century speckled calf, spine gilt and with red morocco label lettered "Tracts Geometri & Arithmet"


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Provenance

Earls of Macclesfield, bookplate, sale in these rooms 4 November 2004, lot 874, £3200, Erwin Tomash

Catalogue Note

Vernier's treatise describes the instrument he invented, the vernier caliper, used to measure length accurately. As well as a main graduated scale, it also has a movable scale which slides parallel to the main scale to permit more accurate readings to be taken. Nuñez and Clavius had previously attempted to improve the astrolabe by engraving various scales on concentric circular segments. Vernier's instrument provided a mobile scale rather than a series of static scales. Vernier worked as a military engineer for the Spanish Hapsburgs, the rulers of his native Franche-Comté. In 1630 he took his invention to Brussels to show the Infanta of Spain, to whom this edition is dedicated.

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