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The Mathematical Questions proposed in the Ladies' Diary, And Their Original Answers, Together with Some New Solutions, From its Commencement in the Year 1704 to 1816 (Four volume set)
London: J. Mawman 1817. First edition. Four volumes. Octavo. xi, 415; 416; 400; 440, [2]pp. Illustrated with numerous diagrams and tables, with an errata leaf at the end of volume four. Near contemporary dark red cloth, with gilt titles on black morocco spine labels. Joints professionally repaired and with a new, period-style leather label on volume three. Headcaps a trifle shorn, corners gently bumped, else very good with light scattered spotting to the text pages. The Ladies' Diary or Woman's Almanack, published from 1704 to 1841, was an English journal devoted to mathematical problems and puzzles, and their solutions. It featured contributions from the leading mathematicians of the day, and its popular success shows that stereotypes about the inability of women to excel at mathematics were less strongly held in the 18th Century than they are today. For this four volume anthology, Thomas Leybourn rewrote the questions and answers from the original diaries, which had been presented in verse, "into plain but perspicuous prose." A handsome set.
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