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Widmann, Johannes (c.1460-after 1498)
BEHENDE UND HUBSCHE RECHENUNG AUFF ALLEN KAUFFMANSCHAFFT. LEIPZIG: CONRAD KACHELOFEN, 1489
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Lot. Vendu 11,250 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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691
Widmann, Johannes (c.1460-after 1498)
BEHENDE UND HUBSCHE RECHENUNG AUFF ALLEN KAUFFMANSCHAFFT. LEIPZIG: CONRAD KACHELOFEN, 1489
Estimation
3 0004 000
Lot. Vendu 11,250 GBP (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Widmann, Johannes (c.1460-after 1498)
BEHENDE UND HUBSCHE RECHENUNG AUFF ALLEN KAUFFMANSCHAFFT. LEIPZIG: CONRAD KACHELOFEN, 1489
8vo (135 x 98mm.), 231 leaves (of 237), [a8] b-c8 d8+1 e-z A-F8 G4, 22 lines, gothic type, woodcut armorial on title-page with the arms of Leipzig (hand-coloured), woodcut diagrams, old vellum, nineteenth-century red paper lettering-piece on spine, in red case made for Honeyman, lacking k7-8 and l1-2 and l7 (all supplied in facsimile) and final blank leaf, d3 misprinted at foot, woodcut at end of quire d slightly shaved, C7 torn in margin, lettering-piece torn
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Provenance

"R.B.H. 10/31", Robert B. Honeyman (1897-1987), sale in these rooms, 20 May 1981, lot 3115, to Dr Paul C. Martin, £2,000; Hartung & Hartung, sale, 6 November 2001, lot 242, DM13,800, Erwin Tomash

Bibliographie

Tomash & Williams W47; ISTC iw00014000; Hoock & Jeannin W7.1; Smith, Rara arithmetica p.38; Stillwell II.253

Description

FIRST EDITION, RARE. "Widman's arithmetic was the first great German textbook on the subject... It is in the main a practical treatise, with good problems, and it set the standard for Germany much as Borghi's book did for Italy. Among its noteworthy features is the use of the plus and minus signs for the first time in a printed work" (Smith, p.39). It covers counting with whole numbers, proportion, and geometry, and as part of the first generation of mathematical works to come off the printing press, it had widespread readership and impact, until superseded by the works of Adam Riese.

Widmann, from Eger (now Cheb, Czech Republic) studied mathematics and medicine in Leipzig and later taught mathematics there; he is considered one of the main promoters of algebra in the late fifteenth century, along with Regiomontanus. For a later edition of this work on practical mercantile problems, see lot 692.

A census of copies with some copy-specific details is provided by Barbara Gartner, Johannes Widmanns "Behende und hubsche Rechnung": die Textsorte "Rechenbuch" in der Frühen Neuzeit (Tübingen, 2000), pp.43-44.

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