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EUCLID (fl. ca. 300 B.C.).

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First Latin edition of Euclid (Hervagius had previously published the first edition of the Greek text in 1533). This copy is complete with the preface by Philip Melancthon, removed by the censor in many copies. Adams E-974.

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ARCHIMEDES (ca 287-212 B.C.).

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EDITIO PRINCEPS. Archimedes is by universal consent the greatest mathematician of Antiquity and one of the greatest mathematicians and physicists of all time. Among his contributions were a method for calculating centers of gravity, an approximation of the value of π, and a system for expressing very large numbers. Adams A-1531; Dibner

*Elementorum geometricorum lib. XV*. Basel: Johannes Hervagius, August 1537.2

^{o}(299 x 203 mm). Woodcut printer's device on title and at end, woodcut diagrams in text, woodcut initials. (Title worn and with a few small tears and small repair at corner, q1 with tear crossing text, last leaf with few internal tears not affecting text, some light soiling.) Later vellum (worn).*Provenance*: effaced early inscription on title; Alexander Campbell (armorial bookplate).First Latin edition of Euclid (Hervagius had previously published the first edition of the Greek text in 1533). This copy is complete with the preface by Philip Melancthon, removed by the censor in many copies. Adams E-974.

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*Bound with:*]ARCHIMEDES (ca 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. ca. 1450), edited by Johann Müller, called Regiomontanus (1436-76), and by Thomas Gechauff, called Venatorius (d. 1551). Basel: Johannes Hervagius, March 1544.2

^{o}. Parts I and III only: 110 leaves (of 232; lacking parts II and IV). Greek, roman and italic types. Woodcut mathematical diagrams, woodcut ornamental initials. (Section title to the Eutocius with repaired tear at gutter, some dampstaining.)EDITIO PRINCEPS. Archimedes is by universal consent the greatest mathematician of Antiquity and one of the greatest mathematicians and physicists of all time. Among his contributions were a method for calculating centers of gravity, an approximation of the value of π, and a system for expressing very large numbers. Adams A-1531; Dibner

*Heralds of Science*137; Grolier/Horblit 5; PMM 72; Norman 61.