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Stone, E[dmund]
A New Mathematical Dictionary: Wherein is Contain'd, not only the Explanation of the Bare Terms, but likewise an History, of the Rise, Progress, State, Properties, &c. of Things, both in Pure Mathematics and Natural Philosophy, so far as it comes under a Mathematical Consideration.
London: J. Senex, W. and J. Innys, J. Osborn, T. Longman, and T. Woodward, 1726. Octavo. Contemporary panelled calf with decorative roll and elaborate cornerpieces, red morocco label, red speckled edges. Engraved headpiece and decorative initial. Diagrams within the text. Errata leaf followed by 4 page publisher's ads at rear. Contemporary ownership signature of James Rigg to the front free endpaper. Bookplates of James Rigg of Downfield and Nether Tarvit, the Turner Collection at the University of Keele, and Erwin Tomash. Boards rubbed and scuffed, some loss from the head of the spine. Contents fresh. First edition of this rare mathematical dictionary, used as a source by Samuel Johnson in compiling his Dictionary of the English Language. Only one other copy of the first edition appears in auction records from the past two decades: the Macclesfield copy at Sotheby's in 2005. This copy from the library of engineer and book collector Erwin Tomash, with his bookplate. Author Edmund Stone (1695?-1768) was a self-taught mathematician, the son of the gardener to John Campbell, Second Duke of Argyll, who sponsored his academic work. Stone's primary contributions were in translating mathematical works, including "a treatise on mathematical instruments by Nicolas Bion, one on perspective by 'sGravesande, one on the theory and working of ships by Henri Pitot, and the two great treatises by L'Hospital, one on conic sections, the other his Analyse des infiniment petits (Paris, 1696) which was the standard textbook on Leibniz's differential calculus" (ODNB). Stone's editorial work in … [Click Below for Full Description]
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