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Montmort, Pierre Rémond de (1678-1719
[MATHEMATICS / PROBABILITY THEORY / GAMBLING]. Essay d'analyse sur les jeux de hazard
Jacque (sic) Quillau, 1708. First Edition. 4to (270 x 200 mm). xxiv, 189, [3]. With three folding engraved tables, title-page with engraved monogram, four vignettes by Sebastian LeClerc showing games, 2 engraved illustrations of Trictrac boards in the text. Contemporary French speckled calf, spine gilt, red lettering piece, comb-marbled endpapers, edges sprinkled red. Binding extremities rubbed (most pronounced along fore-corners), covers with some scuffing or staining, verso of front endleaf with inscription erased; waterstain on first blank endleaf through first and second gathering (including title-page), A3 with old paper repair in the margin, gathering C slightly browned on account of the paper stock, other spotting in the text here and there, but a very good, unsophisticated copy, the paper quite strong and the binding sound and attractive. Very good. First edition of ONE OF THE GREAT WORKS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF PROBABILITY THEORY, its importance summarized in a single sentence: "In 1708 (Montmort) published his work on Chances, where with the courage of Columbus he revealed a new world to mathematicians" (Todhunter, p. 78). Montmort's "Essay" is "the first published comprehensive text on probability theory, and it represents a considerable advance compared with the treatises of Huygens (1657) and Pascal (1665)" (Hart, p. 290). Our copy is preserved in a contemporary binding and belongs to the second issue, i.e. with the three requisite engraved Tables that are not present in the first issue. The "Essay" deals with the application of combinatorial considerations as th … [Click Below for Full Description]
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