• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 249

    MEDICINE & SCIENCE -- OUGHTRED, William (1575-1660). Key of the mathematicks. Newly translated from the best edition with notes... Recommended by Mr. E. Halley. London: John Salusbury, 1694. 8° (161 x 95mm.). (Gathering N lightly browned, very light marginal dampstain to latter half.) Late 19th-century half calf (extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: John Owen (ink ownership inscription to rear flyleaf dated 1700) -- F. Manley Simms (19th-century armorial bookplate and stamp 'Eton Collection')

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    MEDICINE & SCIENCE -- OUGHTRED, William (1575-1660). Key of the mathematicks. Newly translated from the best edition with notes... Recommended by Mr. E. Halley. London: John Salusbury, 1694. 8° (161 x 95mm.). (Gathering N lightly browned, very light marginal dampstain to latter half.) Late 19th-century half calf (extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: John Owen (ink ownership inscription to rear flyleaf dated 1700) -- F. Manley Simms (19th-century armorial bookplate and stamp 'Eton Collection')

    EDMOND HALLEY'S TRANSLATION OF OUGHTRED'S CLASSIC WORK. In return for patronage from Thomas Howard, second earl of Arundel, 'Oughtred taught his second surviving son, William (later Viscount Stafford). It was for this pupil, he said, that he compiled his Arithmeticae in numeris et speciebus institutio: quae totius mathematicae quasi clavis est (1631). In this he took algebraic methods from continental sources, especially Viète, and presented them in a concise form through the intensive use of symbols, some of which were invented by himself; the resulting volume was relatively small and inexpensive, in marked contrast to the rival work' (ODNB). Wing O583.


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