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18 March 1998
APOLLONIUS Pergaeus (ca. 260-ca. 200 B.C.) Conicorum libri quattuor. Glosses by Pappos of Alexandria (1st half 4th century A.D.) and commentary by Eutocius of Ascalon (b. ca. 480) - SERENUS of Anzi (fl. 4th century). Libri duo. Unus de sectione cylindri, alter de sectione coni. All texts translated from Greek into Latin and edited by Federico Commandino (1509-1575). Bologna: Alessandro Benacci, 1566.
2 parts in one volume, 2o (278 x 192 mm). Collation: +4, A-z a-e4 f2; s2, a-i4. 156 leaves. Woodcut diagrams in text. (Stamp erased from title and patched, last leaf i4 laid down.) 17th-century Dutch blindstamped vellum, spine gilt.
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 (see lot 13). Adams A-1310; Brunet I, 347; Dibner Heralds of Science 101; Grolier/Horblit 4; Norman 57.
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