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Preclarissimus liber elementorum Euclidis perspicacissimi: in artem geometrie incipit quamfoelecissime
Leonardus de Basilea and Gulielmusde Papia, [Colophon:] Vicenza, 1491. SECOND EDITION OF EUCLID'S ELEMENTS - RARER THAN THE FIRST. A fine copy, with wide margins, of the second edition of the "oldest mathematical textbook still in common use today" (PMM), "much more uncommon than the edtio princeps" (Thomas-Stanford, p. 5), and especially rare in an unrestored contemporary binding as here. This book "has exercised an influence upon the human mind greater than that of any other work except the Bible" (DSB). Euclid's Elements is the only work of classical antiquity to have remained continuously in print, and to be used continuously as a textbook from the pre-Christian era to the 20th century. It is the foundation work not only for geometry but also for number theory. Euclid's Elements of Geometry is a compilation of early Greek mathematical knowledge, synthesized and systematically presented by Euclid in ca. 300 BC. Books I-IV are devoted to plane geometry, Book V deals with the theory of proportions, and Book VI with the similarity of plane figures. Books VII-IX are on number theory, Book X on commensurability and incommensurability, Books XI-XII explore three dimensional geometric objects, and Book XIII deals with the construction of the five regular solids. The text is the standard late-medieval recension of Campanus of Novara, based principally on the 12th-century translation from the Arabic by Adelard of Bath. In fact, Adelard left three Latin versions of Euclid. Campanus's text is a free reworking of earlier Latin translations, mainly Adelard's second version (an abbrev … [Click Below for Full Description]
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