Arithmetica et Geometria Nova, …Libri II; Geometriae Practicae, Pars I. & II; Pars Tertia; Pars Quarta; Pars Quinta; Pars Sexta; Primum Mobile (1631)
METIUS, ADRIANI

Arithmetica et Geometria Nova, …Libri II; Geometriae Practicae, Pars I. & II; Pars Tertia; Pars Quarta; Pars Quinta; Pars Sexta; Primum Mobile (1631)

Franeker Uldericus Balck, 1625-1631 4to (19.5 x 14.7 cm) Later quarter vellum on marble boards.Collation: [viii], 118; [ii],308 + 2 folding plates;[ii], 102,[14- Index]; [xxiv], 310, [311- 342- tables], 345-352, [353-366-numbered as 153-166] [2]pp. Both works have numerous woodcuts in text. One of the folding plates in the Arithmetica et Geomeria Nova has been bound inverted on stub. The binding is very good without major flaws, only edge browning along boards from age. Text has some damp staining at top of gutter for a few leaves in the second part and bottom of gutter for about 48 leaves of last section. There is some spitting, minor spot foxing and browning along edges. The text block is speckled. Early manuscript annotations and corrections in text with some drawings. Title page has signatures and presentation inscription from Metius. Title pages for both works with vignette with Latin inscription "Durum Patientia vincit" (Patience Overcomes Hardship/ Adversity). This is Metius's personal partially edited copy presented to his friend Johannes Petrus. The ink corrections in the first two parts along with an added geometric design in the margin of p. 125 of first part follow the style of writing for the presentation inscription. This is a rare presentation and partially edited first edition of the five parts of the Geometria bound with the 1631 Primum Mobile that discusses astronomy, sciography, geography and hydrography in five books. Provenence: Presented by author to his friend Johannes Petrus, a public notary. There are also two other inscriptions on title page: "Liber Illustris Coll. Albenpi;" "Thome B./Sz… gr/Volgyi/ 1702.23.Marg." Very Good 1/4 vellum on marble boards (Item ID: 0000447)

$8,500.00

Adriaen, called Metius, (December 9, 1571 & September 6, 1635), was a Dutch geometer and astronomer. He was born in Alkmaar. The name Metius comes from the Dutch word meten ("measuring"), and therefore means something like "measurer" or "surveyor." Metius spent time on Hven with Tyco Brahe before becoming professor of mathematics and astronomy at Franeker in 1600, where Decartes attended his lectures. (DSB 9, p.336) [OCLC cites one copy of the Arithmetica et Geometria and 9 libraries for Primum Mobile.]Provenence: Presented by author to his friend Johannes Petrus, a public notary; "Liber Illustris Cooo. Albensis," early inscription on title-page, i.e. the college in Fehér (tjem om Jungary, but now Alba lulia in modern Romania; "Thome B…Sz… Volgyi," inscription on title- page dated 1702. Adriaan Adriaanszoon, called Metius, (December 9, 1571 & September 6, 1635), was a Dutch geometer and astronomer. He was born in Alkmaar. The name Metius comes from the Dutch word meten ("measuring"), and therefore means something like "measurer" or "surveyor." Metius spent time on Hven with Tyco Brahe before becoming professor of mathematics and astronomy at Franeker in 1600, where Decartes attended his lectures.

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