9 July 2019
EUCLIDES (fl. c.300 BCE). Elementorum geometricorum libri XV ... His adiectis sunt Phaenomena, Catoptrica & optica, deinde Protheoria Marini, & Data… Opusculum de levi & ponderosa [translated by Bartolommeo Zamberti]. Basel: J. Hervagius & B. Brand, 1558.
An unsophisticated, attractive copy of the third Basel edition in Latin with valuable commentaries by Theon, Campanus of Novara and Hypsicles of Alexandria. 'The oldest mathematical textbook in the world still in common use today ... The "Elements" remained the common school text-book of geometry for hundreds of years and about one thousand editions and translations have been published', cf. PMM 25 (describing the 1482 edition). Adams E-976; Stanford 15.
Folio (300 x 201mm). Woodcut device on title, a larger version on last page, numerous woodcut initials and diagrams (light waterstaining to the title, marginal wormtrack to the gutter of a few quires, occasional light foxing). Contemporary limp vellum, spine internally reinforced with a strip from a contemporary ?Dutch manuscript (soiled, cockled, ties missing).
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