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Arithmetic.- Recorde (Robert) The grounde of artes: teaching the perfecte vvorke and practise of arithmetike, both in whole nu[m]bers and fractions, after a more easie and exact sort, than hitherto hath bene set forth, Imprinted by I. Harison, and H. Bynneman, 1582.

 

Hammer Price: £1,200

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Arithmetic.- [Recorde (Robert)] [The Grounde of Artes: teaching the perfecte vvorke and practise of arithmetike, both in whole nu[m]bers and fractions, after a more easie and exact sort, than hitherto hath bene set forth...augmented by M. Iohn Dee. And now lately diligently corrected...By Iohn Mellis of Southwark, scholemaster], black letter, lacking A1 & 2, 7 & 8, D6, Yy1-3 & 6-8, with woodcut initials, diagrams and tables, with 17th & 18th century manuscript names and extensive notes & remarks to margins throughout (some relating to a constable), rather soiled and stained, some worming to inner margin towards end, leaves at beginning and end a little creased/frayed at edges, contemporary limp vellum, lacking ties, worn and stained, [STC 20802], 8vo, [Imprinted by I. Harison, and H. Bynneman], [1582]; sold not subject to return

Very rare; one of the first English textbooks on arithmetic, first published in 1543 and running to many editions in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. This edition is the first edited by John Mellis and contains a third part by him with a separate divisional title and, at the end, comparisons of values, weights and measures in London and continental commercial centres such as Antwerp, Nuremberg, Venice etc. The work also contains a full-page woodcut of the art of numbering by the hand.

ESTC lists only 4 UK copies (Birmingham, BL, Cambridge University, & St. John's Oxford) and one in America (Folger).

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Arithmetic.- [Recorde (Robert)] [The Grounde of Artes: teaching the perfecte vvorke and practise of arithmetike, both in whole nu[m]bers and fractions, after a more easie and exact sort, than hitherto hath bene set forth...augmented by M. Iohn Dee. And now lately diligently corrected...By Iohn Mellis of Southwark, scholemaster], black letter, lacking A1 & 2, 7 & 8, D6, Yy1-3 & 6-8, with woodcut initials, diagrams and tables, with 17th & 18th century manuscript names and extensive notes & remarks to margins throughout (some relating to a constable), rather soiled and stained, some worming to inner margin towards end, leaves at beginning and end a little creased/frayed at edges, contemporary limp vellum, lacking ties, worn and stained, [STC 20802], 8vo, [Imprinted by I. Harison, and H. Bynneman], [1582]; sold not subject to return

Very rare; one of the first English textbooks on arithmetic, first published in 1543 and running to many editions in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. This edition is the first edited by John Mellis and contains a third part by him with a separate divisional title and, at the end, comparisons of values, weights and measures in London and continental commercial centres such as Antwerp, Nuremberg, Venice etc. The work also contains a full-page woodcut of the art of numbering by the hand.

ESTC lists only 4 UK copies (Birmingham, BL, Cambridge University, & St. John's Oxford) and one in America (Folger).