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Thomas Chapman: His Book of Arithmetic
Spotsylvania, Virginia: Self Published, 1769. Very early colonial era ciphering book. (Exceptionally scarce as the overwhelming majority of extant ciphering books date from the last quarter of the 18th century into the mid 1850s.) 42 pages of arithmetic exercises including two calligraphic tables. Topics include: Numeration, Addition of Integers or Whole Numbers, Addition of Money (farthings, pence, shillings, and pounds), Addition of Troy weights, Apothecaries weight, Averdupois (Avoirdupois) weight, Cloth Measure (nails, quarters, yards, Flemish/English Elles), Liquid measure, Dry measure, Land measure, Adding Time, Subtraction of Sundries (money, weights, measures, etc.), Multiplication, Division, Division of Crops Reduction The book was created by Thomas Chapman (b. 1754) and also references two of his older brothers, James and Benjamin. Their father, John Chapman, resided in St. George Parish, Spotsylvania County and owned over 1000 acres there and an additional 300 acres in Orange County. For more information about Ciphering Books, see Ashley K. Doer's master's thesis: Cipher Books in the Southern Historical Collection. University of North Carolina: Chapel Hill, 2006.. Canvas. Very Good/No Jacket. Folio - over 12" - 15" tall.
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