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Rare and first edition books in the fields of Mathematics including navigation, philosophy, history and mathematical development.

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  1. 90437
    As..."> First edition of the report of an investigation carried out in Germany during summer 1945, which included visits to A. Walther at the IPM, Darmstadt, and to the University of Göttingen. Page 63 gives a brief account of "Ing. Zuse's calculating machines", written before direct contact had been established with him.
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    First edition of the first book in English on a mechanical calculating machine, and the first separate work on the subject since Napier's Rabdologiae (1617). Nothing more of any significance was published in English on calculating machines until Babbage in the 19th century.
    Morland (1625-1695) was at Magdalene College,... Learn More
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  3. 124153
    Third edition in book-form. An amusing and endearing children's primer in the multiplication tables from the end of the regency period, with captioned engraved plates offering rhyming couplets to aid memory. Often bizarre and seemingly completely unmemorable, examples include "Twice 9 are 18. My cow is very lean" and "Six... Learn More
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  4. 127587
    First edition in English of the Principia, based on the 1726 Pemberton edition of the Latin text and dedicated to Sir Hans Sloane as President of the Royal Society. The translator Andrew Motte (1696-1734) was the son of the printer Benjamin Motte and very briefly a lecturer on geometry at Gresham College. Also included is... Learn More
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  5. 127751
    First edition thus, a re-issue of the original 1885 text, prepared for publication by Karl Pearson after Clifford's untimely death, here with an appreciative preface by Bertrand Russell and a biographical and critical introduction by James R. Newman. Printed in the US by Knopf, the work was distributed in the UK by Sigma... Learn More
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  6. 89500
    First edition in English of the Principia, based on the 1726 Pemberton edition of the Latin text and dedicated to Sir Hans Sloane as President of the Royal Society. The translator Andrew Motte (1696-1734) was the son of the printer Benjamin Motte and very briefly a lecturer on geometry at Gresham College. Also included is... Learn More
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  7. 114087comp
    First edition. Inscribed by the author on the title page: "All'egregio sig. Prof. Gilberto Gavi?". Father of the famous economist and sociologist Vilfredo Pareto, Raffaele Pareto (1812-1882) was a prominent civil engineer whose career began in France where he had sought exile following his involvement with Giuseppe Mazzini's... Learn More
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    First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed from the author to Carl Hempel on the front free endpaper: "To Peter, with affectionate regards, Ernest". An excellent association copy: Carl Gustav Hempel (1905-1997), known as "Peter" to his friends, was a German writer and philosopher, and a major figure in logical... Learn More
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  9. 119448
    First edition of this important and scarce work. The Scottish teacher of navigation, Andrew Mackay (1758-1809), "corrected the latitude of Aberdeen, estimated the longitude by comparing timings of Jovian satellite phenomena with Greenwich, and rated chronometers. Meantime he earned his living teaching mathematics, geography,... Learn More
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  10. 118207
    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Lucia and Monty, with warm regards from Hao". This is the logician, philosopher, and mathematician's second book, which comprises a collection of introductory papers on a variety of topics, including the axiomatic method,... Learn More
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  11. 118849
    First edition, first printing, of Gödel's seminal work in set theory. "Gödel's proof of the consistency of the continuum hypothesis with the axioms of Zermelo-Fraenkel set theory is a tour de force and arguably the greatest achievement of his mathematical life" (Kennedy). This edition presents a revised collection of the... Learn More
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  12. 118844
    First edition of this report on computer-oriented numerical analysis, a key document in charting the early development of von Neumann's understanding of the work of Carl Friedrich Gauss. The statistician Harold Hotelling had discredited Gauss's approach to numerical analysis and "advocated using an iterative method to eliminate... Learn More
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  13. Studies in Deductive Logic.
    First edition, with the publisher's ads to rear dated February 1881. Learn More
    £350

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    First edition, first impression, of this collection of Frank P. Ramsey's essays on mathematics and logic, some of which are published here for the first time. Ramsey (1903-1930) was a Cambridge-based philosopher, a member of the Apostles, who died aged only 26 but contributed pioneering work to the field of logic that had... Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 114180

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  15. A Mathematical Compendium;
    Second edition of this popular pocket-book, first published in 1674. "The book was intended to be sold with various mathematical instruments, some made by the author Nicholas Stephenson (a gunner in the Tower), who must have had Moore's sanction as his assistant to use his notes" (Taylor). "Stephenson was also deputed by... Learn More
    £1,750

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    First complete collected edition of Galileo's works, the third overall, and the first to include the Dialogo, along with other material published here for the first time. Galilei's Opere, first published in two volumes in 1656 in Bologna by Carlo Manolessi, was reprinted with some revision and the addition of a third volume... Learn More
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  17. i1
    First edition. Described on the title as "Ingénieur-Mécanicien du Roi", Berthelot (1718-1800) rose from humble origins to the professorship of mathematics in the Military School in Paris, where in 1763 he invented a famous gun carriage for use in coastal artillery, though the invention was generally credited to Gribeauval... Learn More
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  18. Letters addressed to H. R. H. the Grand Duke of Saxe Coburg and Gotha, on the Theory of Probabilities,
    First edition in English, originally published in French at Brussels in 1846. An inscribed presentation copy from the translator, inscribed on the front free endpaper: "R. Biddulph Esq./ with the Translator's/ Respectful Compliments". A pioneering work on probability and social statistics by the Belgian astronomer and mathematician... Learn More
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  19. The Accomplished Tutor; or, Complete System of Liberal Education:
    First edition of a popular and comprehensive educational handbook, further editions followed in 1802 and 1806. It includes a section on double-entry bookkeeping, and chapters on English grammar and elocution, penmanship, arithmetic, stock-holding and merchants' accounts, mensuration and architecture, optics, algebra, annuities,... Learn More
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  20. The Foundations of Mathematics
    First edition in book form, first impression. A collection of Ramsey's essays on mathematics and logic, some of which are published here for the first time. Ramsey (1903-30) was a Cambridge-based philosopher, a member of the Apostles, who died aged only 26 but contributed pioneering work to the field of logic that had been... Learn More
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  21. 90281
    First separate issue, the work also being issued in periodical form in Mémoires de physique et de chimie de la societe Arcueil 3 (1817). The work is notable for containing the first map to show the use of isotherms, a term Humboldt coined for lines of equal average temperatures. The chart extends only across the northern... Learn More
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    First revised edition, first printing. Inscribed by Mandelbrot on the half title, "To Richard Garwin, with the compliments of Benoit Mandelbrot, Au 17, 1982". A beautiful copy of this volume, substantially revised from the original 1977 publication titled Fractals. Learn More
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    Stock Code: 87142

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  23. Clavis Commercii: Or, the Key of Commerce:
    Second, improved edition, first published in 1689, of John Hawkins's guide to double-entry book-keeping according to the Italian method, here corrected and amended by John Rayner, who advertises his school for merchants near St. Paul's Church in London.
    Hawkins, who dedicates his work to Thomas Pilkington, Lord Mayor... Learn More
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  24. Cardinal Algebras.
    First edition, first printing and a lovely copy of this "axiomatic study of cardinal numbers (including zero) under finite and countable addition an important axiomatic contribution to the foundations of set theory" in which "many noteworthy theorems about generalized cardinal algebras are proved" (Birkhoff, review, Bulletin... Learn More
    £300

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  25. 90010
    First and only edition, uncommon, OCLC locates copies at BnF, Oxford, Tel Aviv, University of California, Swiss National Library, and Kunstbibliothek - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. An interesting study of the morphology of Arab numerals with reference to calligraphy, illustrated with a series of elegant proportional studies... Learn More
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  26. A Note of Two Problems in Connection with Graphs.
    First editions, first impressions of two of Dijkstra's most significant papers, both rare in commerce: "A Note of Two Problems in Connection with Graphs", which introduced the Shortest-Path Algorithim (now known as Dijkstra's algorithim) as well as the Minimum Spanning Tree Algorithm, and "Recursive Programming", which introduced... Learn More
    £4,750

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  27. A Completeness Theorem in Modal Logic.
    First edition, first impression of the author's first major work, published when he was only eighteen years old. Saul Kripke (1940- ) is one of the most original and influential logicians and philosophers of the present day. In 1977 the New York Times magazine described him as "one of the most penetrating minds of our time.... Learn More
    £1,700

    Stock Code: 86372

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    First edition in French of Russell's Essay on the Foundations of Geometry, his second book and "first full-length philosophical work" (Richards, Essay on the Foundations of Geometry and the Cambridge mathematical tradition). The book was championed in France by the eminent mathematician Henri Poincaré, which led to Russell... Learn More
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  29. i1
    First and only edition. As suggested by the sub-title, Mulligan - who styles himself "Teacher of Navigation and Mental Astronomy, by a New and Approved System" - suggests that he has found a revolutionary short-cut to complex navigational problems. "The small Treatise here submitted to the attention of the Public contains... Learn More
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