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    Sale 7806

    Lord St. Helens and Sir William FitzHerbert The Collections of a Diplomat and a Courtier

    22 January 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 664

    DE MOIVRE, Abraham (1667-1754). The Doctrine of Chances: or, a Method of Calculating the Probabilities of Events in Play. The Second edition, Fuller, Clearer, and more Correct than the First. London: Printed for the Author, by H. Woodfall, 1738. 4°. Woodcut device on title, headpieces, initials and tables, some full-page (a few spots). Contemporary calf gilt, red edges (rather heavily rubbed). Provenance: "Knight" (contemporary signature on rear pastedown). Second edition. Kress 4395; cf. Norman 1529.

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    DE MOIVRE, Abraham (1667-1754). The Doctrine of Chances: or, a Method of Calculating the Probabilities of Events in Play. The Second edition, Fuller, Clearer, and more Correct than the First. London: Printed for the Author, by H. Woodfall, 1738. 4°. Woodcut device on title, headpieces, initials and tables, some full-page (a few spots). Contemporary calf gilt, red edges (rather heavily rubbed). Provenance: "Knight" (contemporary signature on rear pastedown). Second edition. Kress 4395; cf. Norman 1529.

    "The 1718 first edition is essentially a gambler's manual ... It does not contain Moivre's work on the normal approximation of the binomial probability distribution, which ranks as the most memorable of his discoveries; this discovery was first printed in its entirety in 1733 in a Latin pamphlet, which was later translated into English and incorporated, in successively expanded versions, in the second (1738) and third (1756) editions" (Norman). A copy of the third edition of the same work, bound in contemporary calf, is also included in the lot. (2)


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