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PSELLUS, Michael
Pselli Arithmetica Guilhelmo Xylandro interprete cum Praefatione Christophori Meureri. .
Lipsiae: Typis Abrahami Lambergi, 1616. FIRST XYLANDER EDITION. With the Pegasus device on the title page as well as a small stamp. Early vellum; text (paper stock) extremely browned. From the Lehmann library of logic and mathematics. First Xylander edition of Psellus, originally published in Greek at Venice, 1532. The work went through numerous editions both in Greek and Latin; all editions appear to be rare. Psellus (1020-1110), a Byzantine writer of the eleventh century, taught philosophy at Constantinople and was tutor to the son of the Emperor Constantinus Ducas. "Psellus was one of the last of the Greek writers on arithmetic. This part of his work is devoted solely to the theory of numbers, and it represents the arithmetical inheritance derived from the older Hellenic civilization. The treatise covers the mediaeval Quadrivium - arithmetic, music, geometry, and astronomy - and is the only late Greek work on arithmetic that attracted attention in the Renaissance period" (Smith, Rara Arithmetica, pp.168-170). Xylander (1532-1576) was a German classical scholar and humanist. He was first appointed as professor of Greek at the University of Heidelberg. He then became the chair of logic, and ultimately served as rector of Heidelberg University. He authored numerous translations, including Pausanias, Euclid, and Diophantus, in addition to Psellus.
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