KNOTT, Cargill Gilston. Napier Tercentenary Memorial Volume.
London : 1915First edition of this collection of essays and addresses presented at the John Napier tercentenary celebration held in July 1914 in Edinburgh to commemorate the publication of Napier's Mirifici Logarithmorum Canonis Descriptio. The editor was the Scottish physicist and seismologist Knott (1856-1922), who "became a fellow of the Royal Society... Learn More£95.00
Stock Code: 141046
ARAGO, François. Annuaire pour l'an 1842,
Paris : 1842Second edition, the only procurable one, presentation copy inscribed by Arago on the title page to "James Watt, de la part de son ami F. Arago". The recipient is James Watt (17691848), son of the renowned Scottish inventor of the same name for whom Arago wrote his Historical Eloge, which was read at the Academy of Sciences in 1834.
The... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 141018
HARRISON, John. The Principles of Mr. Harrison's Time-Keeper, with plates of the same.
London : 1767First edition of the primary account of the invention of the marine chronometer, which revolutionized the science of navigation. "There was no comparable advance in navigational aids until the development of radar in the twentieth century" (Norman).
In 1714, the Board of Longitude offered a substantial reward of 20,000 to anyone who could find... Learn More£100,000.00
Stock Code: 138402
WHITEHEAD, Alfred North, & Bertrand Russell. Principia Mathematica.
Cambridge : 1910-12-13First editions, a rare complete set of Whitehead and Russell's Principia Mathematica. The first volume was printed in 750 copies and, due to the disappointing sales, the publishers reduced the printings of volumes II and III to 500 copies each, so that only 500 complete sets in first edition are possible.
Principia Mathematica... Learn More£100,000.00
Stock Code: 139071
(EULER.) COURNOT, Antoine Augustin. Lettres de L. Euler à une princesse d'Allemagne.
Paris : 1842First edition of Cournot's annotated version of Euler's Lettres à une princesse d'Allemagne, originally published in Saint Petersburg between 1768 and 1772. Euler, the great Swiss mathematician, studied under Johann Bernoulli, and was a member of the academies of Saint Petersburg and Berlin. Written in an absorbing and popular manner, his Lettres... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 128948
RUSSELL, Bertrand. Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy.
London : 1919First edition, first impression, based on a set of public lectures Russell had delivered in autumn 1917 which were intended to serve as a popular introduction to the system of Principia Mathematica. He wrote the book while serving a six-month prison sentence for an article he wrote alleging that American troops would be employed in Britain as strike-breakers.... Learn More£575.00
Stock Code: 140790
KORNAI, János. A beruházások matematikai programozása. [Mathematical Programming of Investments.]
Budapast : 1962First edition, first impression, of one of the earliest economic publications to use the method of linear programming. WorldCat locates nine copies in total: three apiece in Hungary and the US, 2 in Germany, and 1 in Switzerland.
The Hungarian economist János Kornai (b. 1928) was the first economist behind the Iron Curtain to publish critical studies... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 140387
DE FINETTI, Bruno; G. Rodinò; N. Kitz. "Symposium on automatic digital computation" del National Physycal Laboratory, Teddington. (Londra, 25-28 marzo 1953.)
Rome : 1954Original offprint, number 403 in the series of publications of the Instituto per le applicazioni del calcolo. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 135238
PEANO, Giuseppe. Logique Mathématique.
Turin : 1897.First edition. An extended presentation of Peano's approach to mathematical logic, which he delivered at the first International Congress of Mathematicians in Zurich. Although this section of the Formulaire "is now of no more than historical interest... the credit for introducing the essential notions and symbols belongs to Peano, as Russell himself... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 135241
PEANO, Giuseppe. Notations de logique mathématique.
Turin : 1894First edition. This paper serves as an introduction to Peano's famous Formulario project, the first edition of which was published the following year. Peano had introduced his his famous system of logical notation in 1889. He "was interested primarily in the clear presentation of mathematical results, and it was for this purpose, rather than for philosophical... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 135239
TARNIER, Étienne Auguste. Tableaux du système métrique accompagnés d'un livret explicatif.
Paris : 1865First edition of this striking exposition of the metric system, with the colour tables illustrating the system's measuring instruments, and the units of measurements of surface, volume, liquids, and weight, its application for measuring grain and other dry matter, and finally the metric system of coinage, illustrated with the coins of Napoleon III.... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 138436
SPRAGUE, E. H. Geometry for Technical Students.
London : 1904First edition, first impression, of this survey of plane and 3-D geometry with an emphasis on aspects that would be relevant for students going into technical professions such as engineering. WorldCat and Library Hub locate just six copies: British Library, National Library of Scotland, Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Chicago, and Hong Kong. Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 124189
(AGNESI, Maria Gaetana.) FRISI, Antonio Francesco. Elogio storico di Da. Maria Gaetana Agnesi
Milan : 1799First edition of "the most valuable source of information" (Mazzotti, p. 658) on the life of the Italian mathematician Maria Gaetana Agnesi, the first woman to publish a mathematical work. Written by her friend Antonio Frisi and published the year of her death, it is the earliest biographical work about her. Though relatively well represented institutionally... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 138353
EUCLID. Elementa Geometriae.
Venice : 1482First edition of "the oldest mathematical textbook still in common use today" (PMM) and one of the earliest printed books with geometrical figures. The text is the standard late mediaeval recension of Johannes Campanus of Novara, based on the 12th-century translation from the Arabic of Adelard of Bath. The text is preceded by a dedicatory letter by... Learn More£150,000.00
Stock Code: 136914
(RUSSELL, Bertrand.) RICHARDSON, Lewis F. Mathematical Psychology of War.
Oxford : 1919First edition of Richardson's first and pioneering paper on the subject, containing Russell's 20-line contribution, "Problem: To Produce in Two Nations a Mutual Will to War" (pp. 15-16). It was published at the author's own expense, costing him 35 for 300 copies total. In this fifty-page essay the mathematician and pacifist Lewis Fry Richardson (1881-1953)... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 135563
MOORE, Sir Jonas. Modern Fortification: or, Elements of Military Architecture.
London : 1673First edition, uncommon, just five locations on Copac, OCLC adds ten. As a boy Jonas Moore (1627-79) "became a clerk in Durham city" (Taylor), but resolved to follow a career in mathematics, in which ambition he was encouraged by the prominent local Shuttleworth family of Gawthorpe Hall. Brought to the attention of Charles I "when the king was in the... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 126903
BERTHELOT, Claude-François. Le Mécanique appliquée aux arts, aux manufactures, à l'agriculture et à la guerre;
Paris : 1782First 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 who was largely responsible... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 108958
NAGEL, Ernest. Principles of the Theory of Probability.
Chicago : 1939First edition, first printing, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to the philosopher Alfred North Whitehead on the front free endpaper: "To Professor A. N. Whitehead with the esteem of Ernest Nagel". The English philosopher Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) was a seminal figure in process philosophy, and together with Bertrand Russell, wrote... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 132994
(FIBONACCI). BONCOMPAGNI, Baldassare. Della vita e delle opere di Leonardo Pisano matematico del secolo decimoterzo. Notizie raccolte.
Rome : 1852Original offprint, giving an account of the life and works of Leonardo Pisano, better known as Fibonacci (1170-1240), whose Liber abaci (1202) was the first European work to introduce Indian and Arabian mathematics. His name is known to modern mathematicians mainly because of the Fibonacci sequence, derived from a problem in the Liber abaci.
"Much... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 121647
MOIVRE, Abraham de; Roberto Gaeto, translator & prefator. La Dottrina degli azzardi applicata ai problemi della probabilitá della vita, delle pensioni vitalizie, reversioni, tontine, ec.
Milan : 1776First edition in Italian of part of de Moivre's early and important contribution to the calculus of games of chance and probability theory, one of the first instructional texts on the subject, which together with the works of Montmort and Bernoulli was one of the most important books written on the subject in the early eighteenth century. His introduction... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 133671
RAMSEY, Frank Plumpton. On a Problem of Formal Logic.
London : 1928Original offprint of a paper read by Ramsey to the London Mathematical Society on December 13 1928, "primarily concerned with a special case of one of the problems of mathematical logic, the problem of finding a regular procedure to determine the truth or falsity of any given logical formula" p. 264.) This problem is commonly known as the Entscheidungsproblem,... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 133471
HAUTEFEUILLE, Jean de. Recueil des ouvrages de M. de Haute-Feuille. Contenant plusieurs Decouvertes & Inventions nouvelles dans la Physique & dans les Mechaniques.
Paris : 1694First collected edition of Hautefeuille's works, with some additional pamphlets bound in. The note at the front of the book reads as follows: "Mr Jean de Hautefeuille auteur de ce Recueil, ecclesiastique du Diocese d'Orleans, de l'Academie des Sciences, Belles Lettres, et arts de Bordeaux, Pensionnaire du Roy Louis XIV et Louis XV est mort le mercredi... Learn More£7,500.00
Stock Code: 133476
GREEN, John, L.T. The Mystical Number Seven;
Hull : 1826First and only edition, no other copy traced. Green - who styles himself L.T., perhaps "lay teacher"? - opens with what he evidently felt was a clear statement of the underlying principle of his publication; "Seven is composed of the first two numbers, equal and unequal, three and four; for the number two consisting of a repeated unity which is no... Learn More£395.00
Stock Code: 133166
TURING, Sara. Alan M. Turing.
Cambridge : 1959First edition, first impression, of this biography and memorial volume written by the mother of the great computer science pioneer. Uncommon, especially so in the jacket, and apparently issued in an edition of as little as 500 copies, it is an interesting work which strives to establish Turing's credentials without reference to his then still-classified... Learn More£1,950.00
Stock Code: 132257
(TANGRAM.) Al gioco cinese chiamato il rompicapo. Appendice di figure
Florence : 1818First edition of this uncommon and early work on Chinese tangrams, the Florentine issue. There was also an issue published in Milan the same year by Pietro and Giuseppe Vallardi (no priority established, though the Milanese issue appears to have had hand-coloured plates rather than sepia).
Both issues are scarce in commerce and institutions, with... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 134823
RUSSELL, Bertrand. Introduction to Mathematical Philosophy.
London : 1919First edition, first impression, based on a set of public lectures Russell had delivered in autumn 1917 which were intended to serve as a popular introduction to the system of Principia Mathematica. He wrote the book while serving a six-month prison sentence for an article he wrote alleging that American troops would be employed in Britain as strike-breakers.... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 132306
HUSSERL, Edmund. Philosophie der Arithmetik.
Halle-Saale : 1891First edition of Husserl's first book, the initial volume of his Philosophie der Arithmetik. Husserl (18591938) began his career as a mathematician, and it was in search of complete clarity respecting fundamental mathematical concepts that, with the encouragement of Franz Brentano, to whom this work is dedicated, he turned to the philosophy of mathematics.... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 131952
KIRKBY, John. Arithmetical Institutions.
London : 1735First and only edition of the first work of the unlucky Kirkby (c.1705-1754), who was appointed tutor to the young Edward Gibbon, only to be dismissed after accidentally omitting the name of George II in prayer. In 1748 he published The Doctrine of Ultimators, of which he presented two copies to the Royal Society in January 1752. He also published a... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 131977
RAMSBOTTOM, Richard. Fractions Anatomized:
London : 1762First edition of this guide to calculating sums involving fractions, intended for the use of young excise officers. The author seems to have left little trace, and they published no other known books. Uncommon, with ESTC locating eight copies in British and American institutional holdings. Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 131614
KEYNES, John Maynard. A Treatise on Probability.
London : 1921First edition, first impression, of this mathematical-philosophical work, the subject of Keynes's fellowship dissertation, in which he sought to establish a mathematical basis for probability theory as Bertrand Russell and Alfred North Whitehead had done for symbolic logic. Russell wrote of this work "the mathematical calculus is astonishingly powerful,... Learn More£975.00
Stock Code: 131310
(FIBONACCI.) GUGLIELMINI, Giovanni Battista. Elogio di Lionardo Pisano:
[Bologna : 1813]First edition of Guglielmini's lecture on Leonardo Pisano, better known today by his nickname Fibonacci, albeit a nickname which would not be invented by Guillaume Libri for another two decades. Fibonacci was the most influential of the Western mathematicians of the Middle Ages, popularising the system of Arabic numerals, and introducing to Europe what... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 130611
(RUSSELL, Bertrand.) HARDY, G. H. Bertrand Russell and Trinity.
Cambridge : 1970First public edition of Hardy's 1942 account of the breach between Russell and Trinity which occurred during the First World War, originally privately printed in 1942. This new edition contains a 4-page foreword by C. D. Broad, explaining the circumstances of the argument and the publication history of the book. Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 128915
(PEARSON, Karl.) Speeches delivered at a Dinner held in University College, London in Honour of Profesor Karl Pearson 23 April 1934.
Cambridge : 1934Sole edition of a celebratory volume of speeches issued following Pearson's retirement from the University of London in 1933, with contributions by G. Udny Yule, Harald Westergaard, and by Pearson himself, among others. Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 125830
NAGEL, Ernest. Logic Without Metaphysics.
Glencoe, Illinois : 1956First 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 empiricism. Willard Van... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 122872
CANTOR, Moritz. Politische Arithmetik oder die Arithmetik des täglichen Lebens.
Leipzig : 1898First edition of the German scholar's book on the application of mathematical methods to stock exchange activities. Cantor (1829-1920) has been described by mathematics professors Dauben and Scriba as "without doubt the most outstanding historian of mathematics in 19th-century Germany" (p. 123). He delivered lectures on elementary mathematics, including... Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 120526
MACKAY, Andrew. The Theory and Practice of Finding the Longitude at Sea or Land:
London : 1793First 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, navigation with lunars,... Learn More£3,750.00
Stock Code: 119448
(VON NEUMANN, John.) BARGMANN, Valentine, Deane Montgomery, & John von Neumann. Solution of Linear Systems of High Order.
[Washington, D.C.] : 1946First 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 numerical instability... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 118844
HAO, Wang. A Survey of Mathematical Logic.
Peking : 1962First 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, computation, Turing's theory... Learn More£625.00
Stock Code: 118207
JEVONS, W. S. Pure Logic or the Logic of Quality apart from Quantity: with remarks on Boole's System and on the Relation of Logic and Mathematics.
London : 1864First edition of Jevons's first work on logic, one of two pamphlets (the other was The Substitution of Similars, 1869) in which he developed the calculus presented by Boole in An investigation of the laws of thought (1854). Jevons had already consulted Boole before sending him a copy; in a letter of 1863 he recorded,"I have written on the subject to... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 114514
PARETO, Raffaele. Del mal uso che si fa delle medie nelle scienze fisiche e sociali:
Modena : 1869First 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 movement for Italian unification... Learn More£425.00
Stock Code: 114087
QUETELET, Adolphe. Letters addressed to H. R. H. the Grand Duke of Saxe Coburg and Gotha, on the Theory of Probabilities,
London : 1849First edition in English, originally published in French at Brussels in 1846, 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 Adolphe Quetelet (1796-1874),... Learn More£1,100.00
Stock Code: 96972
HODSON, Thomas. The Accomplished Tutor; or, Complete System of Liberal Education:
London : 1800First 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, trigonometry, logarithms,... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 96467
DASSIÉ, F. Le Pilote Expert.
Havre de Grace : 1683First edition. Uncommon, OCLC locates copies at BnF, BL, Newberry, Wurttembergische Landesbibliothek, Paris Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, and the University of Rostock only. No copies recorded at auction. A comprehensive manual of marine navigation including a glossary of navigational terms, methods of establishing longitude, the lodestone,... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 90835
HUMBOLDT, Alexander von. Des lignes isothermes et de la distribution de la chaleur sur le globe.
Paris : 1817First 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 hemisphere, from America to... Learn More£2,250.00
Stock Code: 90281
CHAUVIN, Léon. Études de chiffres arabes,
Paris : 1845First 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 lithographed by Villain,... Learn More£350.00
Stock Code: 90010
TARSKI, Alfred. Cardinal Algebras.
New York : 1949First 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 of the American Mathematical... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 88446
MANDELBROT, Benoit B. The Fractal Geometry of Nature.
San Francisco : 1982First 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£3,000.00
Stock Code: 87142
KRIPKE, Saul A. A Completeness Theorem in Modal Logic.
New Brunswick, NJ : 1959First 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. His achievements span the... Learn More£1,700.00
Stock Code: 86372
RUSSELL, Bertrand. Essai sur les fondements de la géométrie.
Paris : 1901First 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 being invited to deliver... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 75333
MORLAND, Sir Samuel. The description and use of two arithmetick instruments.
London : 1673First 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, Cambridge, where he tutored... Learn More£20,000.00
Stock Code: 63951