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    Sale 7548

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    12 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 90

    ARCHIMEDES (287-212 B.C.). Opera, quae quidem extant, omnia, in Greek and Latin -- EUTOCIUS, Ascalonites (fl. early 6th century). In eosdem Archimedis libros commentaria, in Greek and Latin. Translated by Jacobus de Sancto Cassiano Cremonensis (fl. 1450), edited by Johann Müller, called Regiomontanus (1436-76), and by Thomas Gechauff, called Venatorius (d. 1551). Basel: Johann Herwagen, March 1544.

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    ARCHIMEDES (287-212 B.C.). Opera, quae quidem extant, omnia, in Greek and Latin -- EUTOCIUS, Ascalonites (fl. early 6th century). In eosdem Archimedis libros commentaria, in Greek and Latin. Translated by Jacobus de Sancto Cassiano Cremonensis (fl. 1450), edited by Johann Müller, called Regiomontanus (1436-76), and by Thomas Gechauff, called Venatorius (d. 1551). Basel: Johann Herwagen, March 1544.

    4 parts in one volume, 2° (315 x 217mm). With blank I4. Greek, roman and italic types. Woodcut mathematical diagrams, woodcut ornamental initials, printer's woodcut device on Ii4. (Small puncture affecting a few letters and penetrating to \Km\k, title detached and with some wear and small loss in the margins, Dd1.4 detached, a few marginal wormholes, k4 with loss in the bottom margin, occasional marginal dampstain.) Temporary contemporary paper binding comprising three sheets of rough paper, sewn on vellum cords, hinges reinforced with 16th-century vellum fragments (worn, with some loss at spine and edges, some soiling).

    EDITIO PRINCEPS, IN A TEMPORARY CONTEMPORARY BINDING, of seven mathematical works by the greatest mathematician of Antiquity, and three works by Eutocius Ascalonites. Jacopo da Cremona's Latin translations, corrected by Johannes Regiomontanus, appear here for the first time. The publication of the present edition marked a decisive step forward in the history of mathematics in making Archimedes' knowledge and sophisticated techniques readily available for study, providing a foundation on which Galileo, Kepler, Newton and others could build. The works of Archimedes collected here include: On the sphere and the cylinder, On the measurement of the circle, On conoids and spheroids, On spirals, On the equilibrium of planes, The sand-reckoner, and On the quadrature of the parabola. The Greek manuscript from which this edition was printed had been acquired in Rome by Willibald Pirckheimer and survives today in Nuremberg City Library. Adams A-1531; Dibner Heralds, 137; Grolier/Horblit 5; Hoffman I:228; PMM 72; Norman 61.


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