London, South Kensington
12 November 2007
APOLLONIUS Pergaeus (ca.260-ca.200 B.C.). Conicorum libri quattuor. Bologna: Alexander Benacius, 1566. 2 parts in one volume, 2° (313 x 214mm). Woodcut diagrams in the text (title with stain and a little waterstained, some margins waterstained, some spotting throughout, a few mainly marginal stains). Contemporary limp vellum, mansucript title on spine (lacking ties, soiled, covers a little creased).
The most influential early edition of these classic works on conic sections, representing the culmination of Greek geometry, in which Apollonius introduced the terms ellipse, hyperbola and parabola. Only the first four books of Apollonius's text survive in the original Greek. Much more passed into Arabic mathematics in translation. Adams A1310; Brunet I, 347; Dibner 101; Edit-online 2160; Grolier/Horblit 4; Norman 57.
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