90
90
Bressieu, Maurice (1546-1617?)
METRICES ASTRONOMICAE LIBRI QUATUOR. HAEC MAXIMAM PARTEM NOVA EST RERUM ASTRONOMICARUM ET GEOGRAPHICARUM PER PLANA SPHERICAQUE TRIANGULA DIMENSIONIS RATIO, VETERIQUE IMPENDIO EXPEDITOR ET COMPENDIOSIOR. PARIS: GILLES GOURBIN, 1581
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 2,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
90
Bressieu, Maurice (1546-1617?)
METRICES ASTRONOMICAE LIBRI QUATUOR. HAEC MAXIMAM PARTEM NOVA EST RERUM ASTRONOMICARUM ET GEOGRAPHICARUM PER PLANA SPHERICAQUE TRIANGULA DIMENSIONIS RATIO, VETERIQUE IMPENDIO EXPEDITOR ET COMPENDIOSIOR. PARIS: GILLES GOURBIN, 1581
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 2,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

The Erwin Tomash Library on the History of Computing

|
London

Bressieu, Maurice (1546-1617?)
METRICES ASTRONOMICAE LIBRI QUATUOR. HAEC MAXIMAM PARTEM NOVA EST RERUM ASTRONOMICARUM ET GEOGRAPHICARUM PER PLANA SPHERICAQUE TRIANGULA DIMENSIONIS RATIO, VETERIQUE IMPENDIO EXPEDITOR ET COMPENDIOSIOR. PARIS: GILLES GOURBIN, 1581
FIRST EDITION, folio (334 x 220mm.), woodcut device on title, folding letterpress table, letterpress tables in the text, mostly printed in red and black, old vellum, some worming and fraying, dampstaining towards end
Read Condition Report Read Condition Report

Provenance

Shelfmark "3775" in purple crayon on upper cover and title-page; bought from Roger Gaskell, Warboys, UK, 1996, Catalogue 14, item 8, £3000

Literature

Tomash & Williams B247; USTC 170582

Catalogue Note

A rare early work on trigonometry in four books, of which the first is on the astronomical (sexagesimal) calculus in general, the second on sines, tangents and secants, with a finely printed table of sines (15 pages) and of tangents (20 pages, in red and black), the last two books on plane and spherical trigonometry. It was elegantly printed for Gourbin by Pierre le Voirrier (or Voitrier), who held the office of imprimeur du roi pour les mathématiques.

Bressieu studied at Geneva, Grenoble and Paris before accepting the chair of mathematics at the Collège de France in 1575. A mathematician, philosopher and humanist, he became orator to the kings of France at Rome in 1586. This is his only published scientific work.

The Erwin Tomash Library on the History of Computing

|
London