29 November 2007
KURGANOV, Nikolai Gavrilovich (1726-1796). General'naia Arifmetika. [General Arithmetic]. St. Petersburg: Glazunov for the Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1794.
8° (193mm x 122mm). (Occasional spotting and staining throughout, some short marginal tears and wear.) Contemporary morocco, red morocco label, tooled spine, red edges (extremities rubbed, rear endpaper lacking). Provenance: T.M. Beliaev (bookplate).
The second (first separate) edition of Kurganov's influential work Universal'naia Arifmetika, revised by Kurganov to be more accessible to young pupils. Kurganov taught mathematics in Imperial Navy institutions for many years. Among his pupils were Admiral F.F. Ushakov and the explorer F.F. Bellingshausen, who captained the first ship ever to sight the Antarctic landmass. In 1750-1753 Kurganov himself took part in expeditions aiming to improve maps of the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea. Sopikov 2019; SK 3363.
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