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ARCHIMEDES (ca. 287-212 B.C.); PEYRARD, Francois (trans.; 1760-1822).
Oevres d'Archimede, Traduites Litteralement, avec un Commentaire.
Paris: Francois Buisson, 1807. Paris:: Francois Buisson, 1807., 1807. 4to. xlviii, 601, [1] pp. Engraved frontis., half-title, 2 engraved folding plates, 1 folding chart, errata, numerous woodcut text illus.; some browning, occasional foxing. Modern antique-style half brown calf over marbled boards, raised bands, gilt-stamped red leather spine label, gilt-stamped spine panels. Fine. RARE. FIRST EDITION. Peyrard was the librarian of the Ecole Polytechnique from 1795 to 1804 and is best known for his translations of Archimedes and Euclid. Falling into serious disagreement with the military governor of the school, General Lacuee, Peyrard fell from favor and his position in 1804. His translations of Archimedes and Euclid resulted from his access to and study of ancient documents brought back to Paris, by Napoleon, as spoils of war. During the stormy period at the Ecole, Peyrard was performing the work upon which his reputation is based; the translations of the great Greek mathematicians. In 1804 he began the translation of Euclid's Elements of geometry, which received the approval of the school and was officially adopted by the imperial school library. Delambre read the texts and compared them to the original Greek. Three years later came The Works of Archimedes. Between 1814 and 1818, Peyrard published the Works of Euclid in Greek, Latin and French from a very old manuscript that had remained unknown until that time. Although the translation of Archimedes by Peyrard is now outdated as a result of Heiberg's translation, it is still considered reliable enough to merit reprinti … [Click Below for Full Description]
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