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Boissière, Claude de
L’ART D’ARYTHMETIQUE. PARIS: ANET BRIÈRE, (13 OCTOBER) 1554
Estimate
3,5004,500
LOT SOLD. 4,375 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
76
Boissière, Claude de
L’ART D’ARYTHMETIQUE. PARIS: ANET BRIÈRE, (13 OCTOBER) 1554
Estimate
3,5004,500
LOT SOLD. 4,375 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Boissière, Claude de
L’ART D’ARYTHMETIQUE. PARIS: ANET BRIÈRE, (13 OCTOBER) 1554
FIRST EDITION, 8vo (162 x 100mm.), woodcut diagrams and illustrations (including full-page profile portrait of a woman on last leaf), penultimate leaf with errata, modern calf gilt antique-style, modern red calf-backed cloth folding box, some damp-staining at beginning and end
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Provenance

Arnaud de Vitry d'Avaucourt (1926-2012), bookplate, sale in these rooms, 3 November 1998, lot 48; sale in these rooms, 17 June 1999, lot 108, £2000, Erwin Tomash

Literature

Tomash & Williams B190; Smith, Rara arithmetica, p.260; USTC 24336 (6 copies)

Catalogue Note

A work combining pure and commercial arithmetic, dedicated by its noble author to Pierre d’Asnières, a lawyer counselling royal financial officers. Business was the least savoury of mathematics’ applications, and Boissière hoped to overcome prejudice by invoking a noble dedicatee and associating arithmetic with Neo-Platonic beliefs. He states that had written this work “not only because by it we can easily carry out our business affairs, military, domestic, and other calculations; but also not in the least because we can contemplate the spiritual things comprised in the said numbers” (translation by Natalie Zemon Davis, “Sixteenth-Century French Arithmetics on the Business Life” in Journal of the History of Ideas, volume 21, 1960, p.35).

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