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Bolyai, János
Appendix. Scientiam Spatii Absolute Veram exhibens: a veritate aut falsitate Axiomatis XI Euclidei (a priori haud unquam decidenda) independentem: adjecta ad casum falsitatis, quadratura circuli geometrica. [In:] Bolyai, Farkas: Tentamen Juventutem Studiosam in Elementa Matheseos Purae. Tomus primus [-secundus]
Maros Vásárhelyini [Marosvásárhely]: Typis Collegii Reformatorum per Josephum, et Simeonem Kali de felsÅ‘ Vist [József and Simon Káli], 1833. Maros Vásárhelyini [Marosvásárhely]: Typis Collegii Reformatorum per Josephum, et Simeonem Kali de felsÅ‘ Vist [József and Simon Káli], 1833. First edition of János Bolyai's Appendix, his "explanation of the absolutely true science of space", "the most extraordinary two dozen pages in the whole history of thought" (Halsted, 1896), a complete and consistent system of non-Euclidean geometry. Published as an appendix to his father Farkas Bolyai's book on geometry, Tentamen Juventutem Studiosam in Elementa Matheseos Purae Introducendi. Condition: Volume 1 Title page with old collection stamps of "Mathematicai Seminarium", appearing on the top and bottom of the page, and an illegible ownership inscription, dated 1840. A cluster of small brown spots at the lower right corner, ghosting to the verso. Another cluster of such spots at the edge of p. LXVII. Grayish stains appear at the lower corner of the pages of signature 3E, they grow and merge into each other at sign. 3M, this stain remains visible until the end of the book. Quire 26 with printing defects, with no effect on legibility. In this copy the two-sided broadsheet letterpress plate ("Explicatio Signorum / Arbor Arithmeticae Geometriaeque") bound after the title page, its paper has light stains on the lower half. Quire V is bound - probably erroneously - after VII2, and quire 26 after 2D. Two handwritten leaves, numbered as LXXVII, with the text of "Recensio pe … [Click Below for Full Description]
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