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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
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
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
BUTLER, William. An Introduction to Arithmetic. Designed for the Use of Young Ladies. By William Butler, Private Teacher of Writing, Accounts, and Geography.
London : A reworking of the author's 1784 and 1788 publications, with a companion work of exercises. The first part has only 4 prefatory pages of letterpress dated November, 1806, in which Butler claims to have printed over 4000 copies of his text:
"In the course of nearly forty years attendance on ladies' schools, I have frequently observed, that their... Learn More£475.00
Stock Code: 137843
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
YULE, George Udny. An Introduction to the Theory of Statistics.
London : 1911First edition of the influential mathematician's work on statistics, the standard textbook for the subject and his most popular work. The book, which was part of Griffin's Scientific Series and by 1932 had run through ten editions, was developed from a series of lectures which Yule delivered as the Newmarch lecturer at University College, London between... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 119912
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
HUTTON, Charles, & Alexanger Ingram. A Complete Treatise on Practical Arithmetic and Book-Keeping, both by single and double entry, adapted to the use of schools.
Edinburgh : 1811"New edition" of a work that was extremely popular in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, first published as The School-Master's Guide: or, a Complete System of Practical Arithmetic. The first two printings do not appear to have survived, the earliest edition in ESTC and ICAEW being the third of 1771.
Stock Code: 105514
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
EYRE, John. The Exact Surveyor:
London : 1654First and sole edition, first issue (with the author's initial only given on the title page) of this scarce surveying manual, an online search of institutional libraries records just 12 locations, and only a single complete copy shows at auction since the celebrated C. E. Kenney sales of 1965-8 (the Macclesfield copy, in later boards, Sotheby's 2004).... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 145024
RUSSELL, Bertrand, & Lewis F. Richardson. 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
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
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
SÜSSMILCH, Johann Peter. Die göttliche Ordnung in denen Veränderungen des menschlichen Geschlechts,
Berlin : 1761-1762-1776Second, enlarged edition of this pioneering work in the history of statistics (first published as a single volume in 1741), together with the first edition of the posthumously published supplementary third volume.
Die göttliche Ordnung is Süssmilch's pioneering and seminal work in demography and the history of population statistics. "He sought... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 144932
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
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, two in Germany, and one in Switzerland.
The Hungarian economist János Kornai (b. 1928) was the first economist behind the Iron Curtain to publish critical... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 140387
BOLZANO, Bernard. Wissenschaftslehre. Versuch einer ausführlichen und größtentheils neuen Darstellung der Logik mit einer Rücksicht auf deren bisherige Bearbeiter.
Sulzbach : 1837First edition of this masterwork by Bolzano, "a towering figure in the epistemology, logic, and methodology of the first half of the nineteenth century" (Encyclopedia of Philosophy I, p. 338).
Bernard Bolzano (1781-1848) was a Roman Catholic priest and professor of the philosophy of religion at the University of Prague. "If there is any one predecessor... Learn More£5,750.00
Stock Code: 146120
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
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 French... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 141018
MOORE, Sir Jonas. Modern Fortification: or, Elements of Military Architecture.
London : 1673First edition, uncommon, just five locations on Library Hub, WorldCat 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... Learn More£3,250.00
Stock Code: 126903
DASSIÉ, F. Le Pilote Expert.
Havre de Grace : 1683First edition. Uncommon, WorldCat 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... Learn More£9,750.00
Stock Code: 90835
AUBERT, J. P. Kort, dog duidelyk onderwys van't Italiaansch boekhouden …
Amsterdam : 1782Revised and enlarged fourth edition, first published in 1760, of this guide to Italian book-keeping, teaching the basic principles, with a section relating to book-keeping for ship owners. The work contains an innovation by Aubert, a "Convoy book", which lists goods under the name of the Captain and the ship. The work also contains real-life accounts... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 104912
MARQUAND, Allan. A New Logical Machine.
Boston : 1886Original offprint of Allan Marquand's presentation of his new logical machine to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in November, 1885. A student of Charles Sanders Peirce, Marquand (1853-1924) graduated from Princeton in 1874 and obtained his Ph.D. in philosophy in 1880 from Johns Hopkins University, returning to Princeton in 1881 to teach Latin... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 100212
GRAUNT, John. Natural and Political Observations
London : 1665Third edition, enlarged, first published in 1662. "The scientific study of the numbers, characteristics and territorial distribution of populations - today called demography - began with Graunt" (PMM). Graunt drew up his statistical tables from the birth and death records of parish clerks. From this he constructed the first tables of life expectancy,... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 126999
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
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. 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
BACHELIER, Louis. Le Jeu, la Chance et le Hasard.
Paris : 1914First edition of this popularization of Bachelier's work on speculation. Bachelier summarized his main idea in a single sentence - "The mathematical expectation of the speculator is zero."
Louis Bachelier (1870-1946) was an eminent French mathematician and a pioneer in the study of financial mathematics. During his studies at the Sorbonne he... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 143405
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
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,... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 134823
BUQUOY, Georg Franz August Graf von. Exposition d'un nouveau principe général de dynamique,
Paris : First edition of this scarce work on mechanics by the Czech mathematician and inventor Count Buquoy (1781-1851). WorldCat locates just fourteen copies in institutional holdings worldwide (nine in European libraries and five outside Europe, all in the US).
"Buquoy was the first who investigated mechanical systems with a varying mass. In 1812 he... Learn More£400.00
Stock Code: 126557
GALILEI, Galileo. Le operazioni del compasso geometrico, et militare.
Padua : 1649Third edition of Galileo's first published work, originally privately printed in 1606 in an edition of 60 copies only. The second edition, the first with the plate, was published by Frambotto in 1640. Galileo's compass, invented in Padua in 1597, was a calculating instrument making use of the proportionality between the corresponding sides of two similar... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 137602
(BLETCHLEY PARK) NEWMAN, Max. Two letters bracketing Newman's career at Bletchley.
1942-6A highly evocative pair of letters to Max Newman, the first relating to his recruitment to the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, the second to the conclusion of his wartime work there. Maxwell Herman Alexander "Max" Newman (1897-1984) was one of the most significant British mathematicians of his generation and a leading pioneer in... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 145466
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
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
FIBONACCI (subject); 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
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
PRICE, Richard. Observations on Reversionary Payments; on Schemes for providing Annuities for Widows, and for Persons in Old Age;
London : 1792Fifth edition. Price was "working on this edition at the time of his death, and had seen the revised version of the first volume through the press, but it was left to his nephew, William Morgan, to complete the second and write the General Introduction. In his introduction to the fifth edition Morgan noted that it contains a new table for the life of... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 135492