Glasgow: Robert and Andrew Foulis
[Fourth Edition]; Published Date: 1756
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270 x 220 mm (11 x 9 inches) - 411pp.
Brown hardback leather cover.
G : in Good condition without dust jacket. Modern rebind with new marbled endpapers. Two early page numbers affected by small holes. Occasional light foxing. Ex libris bookplate to front pastedown. Aeg.
Latin title translates as 'The first six books of Euclid's Elements, as well as the Eleventh and Twelfth, for the Latin versions of the Frederick Commandino: By the removal of the latter from those of the Book of Theon or other such, which they formerly were, are vitiated, And as some had been restored, the demonstrations of Euclid by Robert A. Simson, 1500'
Robert Simson was born on 18 October 1687. He was Professor of Mathematics at the University of Glasgow from 1711 until 1761 and made a significant contribution to mathematical scholarship; his interest in early Greek geometers proved particularly influential. Simson's definitive edition of Euclid's Elements, first published in 1756 in Latin. This work contained only the first six and the eleventh and twelfth books. It became the standard text in England and, along with the Conic Sections, was produced in many editions, some posthumously. It was also translated into several languages.
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