HATTON, Edward.

An Intire System of Arithmetic: or Arithmetic in all its Parts.

London: printed and sold by Mr. King [& 9 others in London]; Mr Clements [Oxford]; & Mr Crownfield [Cambridge], 1721 Stock Code: 122034
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Sir Isaac Newton a subscriber

First edition of Hatton's mathematical manual, with Isaac Newton listed as one of the subscribers, accompanied by an original contemporary poem entitled "On Sir Isaac Newton" written in manuscript on the front pastedown by its author and this copy's former owner, Thomas Dod of Edge, Cheshire.

Praising Newton for his "more than human intellect", Dod writes of his death: "When he the wonders of this Orb had shewn / Having so many brighter in his view, / Saw thro' his Opticks which must be his own, / Disdaining this, he posting thither flew". The contemporary ownership inscription notes that this volume was gifted to the family by their close friend Thomas Brancker. Although the subject matter associates nicely with the famous mathematician Thomas Brancker (b. 1633), who was taught by Peter Stahl of Strasbourg (himself taught by Robert Boyle, Ralph Bathhurst, and Christopher Wren) while a student at Oxford, he died several decades before the publication of Hatton's work in 1676. It is possible that the Brancker referenced was an untraced descendent of the academic.

Edward Hatton (c.1664-1733) was employed as a surveyor for a London fire insurance company; in addition to his mathematical writings, including An Intire System and his Mathematical Manual (1728), he was perhaps best known for his descriptive book, A New View of London (1708), which remains a valuable reference work depicting the city's layout in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666. Other notable subscribers to An Intire System include Edmund Halley, Christopher Wren, and John Keill (the dedicatee and Professor of Astronomy at Oxford). ESTC lists two separate titles, the only difference being the order of publisher's names in the imprint; no priority assigned.

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Quarto (210 x 157 mm). Contemporary panelled speckled calf, raised bands to unlettered spine, boards ruled in blind with floral cornerpieces, edges sprinkled red.


Engraved portrait frontispiece, 3 folding plates, initials, head- and tailpieces. Numerous tables to text.


Contemporary ownership inscription, "Ex Dono Thoma[s] Brancker amicissimi Tho[mas] Dod", dated 11 May 1724 (of the Dod family of Edge Hall, Cheshire) to front pastedown, early marginal annotation to p. 113. Spine ends and corners lightly worn, headcap bumped with small split; hinges cracked but firm, with front free endpaper pulling away from gutter, 2A2 verso shaved in binding process affecting 1 letter and 1 number, closed split to 2O3 not affecting text, first plate professionally repaired along fold, occasional dampstain and spots. Overall a very good copy in a pleasing contemporary binding.


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