91
91
Briggs, Henry (1561-1630)
ARITHMETICA LOGARITHMICA SIVE LOGARITHMORUM CHILIADES TRIGINTA, PRO NUMERIS NATURALI SERIE CRESCENTIBUS AB UNITATE AD 20,000: ET A 90,000 AD 100,000... HOS NUMEROUS PRIMUS INVENIT... JOHANNES NEPERUS BARO MERCHISTONII. LONDON: WILLIAM JONES, 1624
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 GBP
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91
Briggs, Henry (1561-1630)
ARITHMETICA LOGARITHMICA SIVE LOGARITHMORUM CHILIADES TRIGINTA, PRO NUMERIS NATURALI SERIE CRESCENTIBUS AB UNITATE AD 20,000: ET A 90,000 AD 100,000... HOS NUMEROUS PRIMUS INVENIT... JOHANNES NEPERUS BARO MERCHISTONII. LONDON: WILLIAM JONES, 1624
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 GBP
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Briggs, Henry (1561-1630)
ARITHMETICA LOGARITHMICA SIVE LOGARITHMORUM CHILIADES TRIGINTA, PRO NUMERIS NATURALI SERIE CRESCENTIBUS AB UNITATE AD 20,000: ET A 90,000 AD 100,000... HOS NUMEROUS PRIMUS INVENIT... JOHANNES NEPERUS BARO MERCHISTONII. LONDON: WILLIAM JONES, 1624
FIRST EDITION, folio (324 x 195mm.), diagrams in text, contemporary rough calf, modern cloth folding box, last leaf restored at foot with loss of catchword, spine darkened, damp-stain to upper cover
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Provenance

John Evelyn (1620-1706), press-mark "Vulcanus 14" in his hand; Sir Frederick Evelyn (the diarist's great-great-grandson, died 1812), bookplate and modern "JE" book label; Christie’s, Evelyn sale, 12 July 1978, lot 1617, Traylen, £480; bought from Jonathan Hill, New York, 1988, Catalogue 38, item 29, $3000

Literature

Tomash & Williams B250; ESTC S107110; STC 3739; Henderson pp.40-47 no. 18.0; Norman 339; Origins of Cyberspace 2; PMM 116 (note)

Catalogue Note

JOHN EVELYN'S COPY.

Briggs was the founding professor of geometry in 1596 at the newly created Gresham College, and in 1619 was appointed to the professorship of geometry in Oxford. In this work he first used 10 for the base of his tables of logarithms. These logarithms, together with those of Adriaan Vlacq, form the basis from which almost all other logarithm tables were produced.

This copy does not have additional six leaves found in some copies (for which see lot 92), which were printed a few years later (in 1628) in Gouda by Rammezeyn.

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