London, South Kensington
23 April 2008
EULER, Léonhard (1707-1783). Introduction à l'analyse infinitésimale, translated by J.B. Labey. Paris: Barrois, 1796-97. 2 volumes, 4° (275 x 220mm). Half-title in volume II, not called for in volume I (title of vol.I lightly stained and soiled). Original blue-grey wrappers, uncut (head and foot of vol.I worn).
Second, first French, edition of Euler's most important work. 'In his "Introduction to Mathematical Analysis", Euler did for modern analysis what Euclid had done for ancient geometry. It contains an exposition of algebra, trigonometry and analytical geometry, both plane and solid, a definition of logarithms as exponents, and important contributions to the theory of equations', PMM 196 (describing the first edition of 1748); cf. Norman 732 (first edition). (2)
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