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Conicorum Libri IV
Cum Commentariis R.P. Claudii Richardi... Large engraved vignette with port. of the dedicatee, Guillaume Raymond de Moncada, Marquis of Aitona. Title printed in red & black. Thirty engraved plates. 40 p.l., 398 pp., one leaf with errata & directions to the binder. Thick small folio, cont. vellum over boards. Antwerp: J. & J.B. Verdussen, 1655. [bound with]:--. Conicorum Lib. V. VI. VII. Paraphraste Abalphato Asphahanensi Nunc primum editi. Additus in calce Archimedis assumptorum Liber, ex Codicibus Arabicis M.ss...Abrahamus Ecchellensis...Latinos...reddidit. Io. Alfonsus Borellus...notas uberiores in universum opus adiecit. Numerous woodcut diagrams in the text. Title printed in red & black. 18 p.l., 374, [377]-415 pp. Small folio. Florence: J. Cocchini, 1661. A most appropriate sammelband, bringing together the seven surviving books of Apollonius' Conics, "one of the greatest scientific books of antiquity" (Sarton). We know that the Conics was originally in eight books. Books I-IV survive in the original Greek; Books V-VII only in Arabic translation. Book VIII is lost. I. First edition to contain the text of the first four books along with the valuable commentary of Claude Richard (1589-1664), "the learned scholar...who entered the Jesuit order in 1606, taught mathematics in Lyons for a number of years, was called to Spain in 1624, and became professor of mathematics at Madrid."-Smith, History of Mathematics, I, pp. 370-71. He also provided commentaries to Euclid and other Greek works. II. First edition of Books V-VII of Apollonius' Conics. These books, which were presumed lost until Borelli discovered an Arabic manuscript in the Medici library in Florence, contain most of the original discoveries of Apollonius. In particular, Book V contains the author's proof for the construction of the evolute curve, which was to be of crucial importance in Huygens' Horologium Oscillatorium (1673). The appended text by Archimedes is also translated from an Arabic manuscript; as with the Apollonius itself, the Greek original is lost. A very fine and fresh set. Stamp of the "Bibliothek des Gymnasiums zu Stralsund" with release stamp on title. Attractive 18th-century printed bookplate: "Zur B├╝chersammlung des stralsundischen Gymnasii geh├Ârig." In the second work, pages [375-76] are blank and have been excised. ❧ Sarton, I, pp. 173-75. .
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