London, South Kensington
30 November 2005
[DODGSON, Charles Lutwidge ('Lewis Carroll').] Arithmetic. I. [Oxford: University Press, c.1870s.]
Bifolium (227 x 144mm); printed on cream paper. (A very few small spots.) Provenance: Sir Harold T. Hartley (sold, D&D Galleries, catalog 11).
FIRST EDITION, THE ONLY KNOWN COPY OF THIS RARE PAMPHLET, FROM THE COLLECTION OF SIR HAROLD HARTLEY, member of the executive committee of the 1932 Centenary Exhibition. The pamphlet consists of templates for 33 examination problems divided into 5 sections: Integral Numbers, Vulgar Fractions, Decimal Fractions, Concrete Numbers, and Rule of Three. The problems are stated in skeleton form, leaving blanks for the variables, so that new problems can be generated easily. Not in Williams, Madan, Green and Crutch. Mathematical Pamphlets 23.
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