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[ TRIGONOMETRY ] Kurzer doch gründlicher Bericht/ von Calculation der Tabularum Sinuum, Tangentium vnd Secantium. Sampt deroselben gebrauch/ in Solvierung oder aussrechnung aller flachen Triangel: in zweyen Theilen begriffen: ... auss dem Niderländischen transferirt vnd mit einem nohtwendigen Register an Tag gegeben/ Sampt einer Vorrede M. Danielis Schwenters Professoris Norici, vnd angehefften Tabulis Sinuum, Tangentium vnd Secantium, in theilen/ deren der halbe diameter 10000000. begreifft. [ orig. title: Driehouckhandel ]
Nürnberg: Simon Halbmayer, 1628. Vellum bound First German edition of a Dutch work published earlier in Stevin's Wisconstige Gedachtnissen (Complete Works) (1605-08) Very Good Duodecimo. 2 complementary works bound in one volume. Contemporary vellum over boards. Slight wear to edges and corners. Many pages have foxing, more so in the pages of the Axiomata. A few pages have very slight tears at foredge. A small rectangle has been cut from the lower corner of the first free endpaper. Binding has a small nick at foredge of back board. Vellum slightly scuffed. with light soiling. [24]154 [10], [182] p. Large printer's device on last page. Many simple geometrical woodcut illustrations, primarily of triangles. Contains the first 2 parts of Stevin's work on trigonometry translated into German from the original Dutch, with 4 axioms (Pitisci Axiomata) from Bartolomeo Pitiscus added by Schwenters in his forward. The second part of the book is a work consisting of tables for sine, tangent and secant added by Schwenters. The work does not include the 3rd part of Stevin's Trigonometry, which covered spherical triangles - indeed, Schwenters states Stevin did no writing in this area, which is incorrect. The original edition of this work is titled "Driehouckhandel". The translator for this work is unknown and was perhaps Schwenter himself, but appears not have had access to a complete copy. (Struick, Principle Works of Simon Stevin, II B p. 755). Less desirable than Dutch editions but still a scarce work on Trigonometry by one of the more important mathematicians of the early Dutch independence period. Simon Stevin (1548-1640) was a Dutch bookkeeper, mathematician, engineer, and science advisor to Maurits (Maurice) of Nassau, stadholder of the United Provinces. Stevin helped set up an engineering school and advised in a number of major nautical related projects. Steven in most well known for introducing decimal fractions to Europe in 1585, though his original arcane notation was abandoned shortly thereafter. He is also known for creating a "land yacht", powered by sails that could move before the wind faster than a horse. On at least one instance he, Maurits, and over 20 others put it to entertaining use on a beach. In all a lovely copy of the book.
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