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DIGGES, Leonard [DIGGES, Thomas]
A Geometrical practical treatize named Pantometria, diuided into three bookes, longimetra, planimetra, and stereometria
London, Abell Ieffes, 1591. Folio. pp. [viii], 152, 151-195, [iii]. [A] B-2C . Roman, Italic and Black letter. Decorative woodcut initials and head- and tail-pieces throughout. Fine woodcut mathematical and topographical diagrams and illustrations, including to t-p, depicting the use of geometrical instruments and the process of land-surveying. Large woodcut arms of Sir Nicholas Bacon (the dedicatee, father of Sir Francis Bacon) to verso of t-p, unidentified arms to verso of Cc3, book-labels of Erwin Tomash and Harrison D. Horblit on pastedown. A particularly fine copy, absolutely crisp and clean, with good margins (some deckle edges), in contemporary limp vellum, remains of ties. Second and best edition of Thomas Digges’ fundamental mathematical work, revised and expanded from the edition of 1571, and the first description of many important theories and techniques in English. Digges (1546-1595) was the son of the mathematician and surveyor Leonard Digges (1520-1559), inventor of the theodolite and perhaps also of the telescope. Thomas produced revised or augmented editions of several of his father’s works. “This edition is essentially identical to the first with two significant additions by Thomas Digges: the Mathematicall discourse of the five Platonicall solides and the first treatment of the science of ballistics in English. Also added to Book I is a short chapter (three leaves) on surveying in mines. Leonard Digges published a small book on practical surveying in 1556, but this more ambitious work was still in manuscript when he died. Thomas, his son, further extended … [Click Below for Full Description]
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