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Mathematics. PRESTET. Nouveaux Elemens de Mathématiques

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Mathematics. PRESTET. Nouveaux Elemens de Mathématiques
 PRESTET, Jean. Nouveaux Elemens de Mathématiques ou Principes Généraux de toutes les Sciences qui ont les grandeurs pour objet. Seconde édition, plus ample et mieux digérée. Premier Volume qui comprend la science des Nombres & l'Algèbre, ou l'art de comparer toute sorte de grandeurs par le moyen de chiffres & de lettres. Seconde volume qui comprend un corps d?Analyse, ou l?art de resoudre les Questions qu?on propose sur toutes diverses grandeurs... Paris, André Pralard, 1689. Leaves e2 of the second volume are mounted in the end..

2 volls. 4to mm. 240 x 180, pp. 32, 588 with 1 copper plate and a table folded out text; pp. 8, 452, with 1 copper plate out text. Copper vignette on two title pages. Contemporary full calf binding, spine with 5 ribs gilt ornaments, slight damages on spine-end and joints. Fine copy, occasional sign of humidity. 2 prelims leaves of the second vol. are placed at the end of the 1st vol.

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A highly acclaimed math encyclopaedia devoted to "science of calculations" in all its aspects and in all its practical applications, from logarithmic calculus to mercantile arithmetic, from practical geometry to mathematical analysis. The author seems to have borrowed his approach from the vast algebraic-mathematical encyclopaedia of G. Wallis. We have some information on the Prestet, priest, and "ci-devant Professeur des Mathématiques dans les Universités d'Angers et de Nantes". According to the printer's privilege, the first edition would have appeared in 1675. Here, at the end of the 1st volume, the "discours que la Auteur pronacue à la première ouverture des Mathématiques ert au sujet de leur nouvel établissement dans l'Université d'Angers, en 1681 "; as well as various other supplements at the end of the 2nd vol.

Bibliography

Loria, St. Mathematics, p. 555. 
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