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MOIVRE, Abraham de.

The doctrine of chances: or, a method of calculating the probability of events in play.

Published: London: W. Pearson for the author, 1718

Stock code: 60392

Price: £6,250

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First edition of de Moivre’s early and important contribution to the calculus of games of chance and probability theory. His introduction contains an overview of main concepts such as probability, conditional probability, expectation, dependent and independent events, the multiplication rule, and the binomial distribution. The book is dedicated to Sir Isaac Newton, whose priority in the dispute between Newton and Leibniz over the development of infinitesimal calculus de Moivre had defended.

Quarto (259 204 mm). Contemporary tree calf, skilfully rebacked to style, marbled endpapers, red edges. Engraved vignette on title page, engraved and woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces. A little light marginal staining, affecting foot of title leaf and occasionally fore-edge margin of some later leaves, otherwise a very good copy, the paper clean, fresh and strong.

Bibliography: Babson 181; Honeyman 2240.

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