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GUNTER, Edmund (1581--1626)
The works of Edmund Gunter: containing the description and use of the sector, cross-staff, bow, quadrant, and other instruments. With a cannon of artificial sines and tangents to a radius of 10.00000 parts, and the logarithms from an unite to 10000: the uses whereof are illustrated in the practice of arithmetick, geometry, astronomy, navigation, dialling, and fortification. And some questions in navigation added by Mr. Henry Bond, teacher of mathematicks ... To which is added, the description and use of another sector and quadrant, both of them invented by Mr. Sam. Foster, late professor of astronomy in Gresham Colledge, ... furnished with more lines, and differing from those of Mr. Gunter both in form and manner of working. The fifth edition, diligently corrected, and divers necessary things and matters (pertinent thereunto) added, throughout the whole work, not before printed. By William Leybourn, philomath.
London: printed by A[ndrew]. C[larke]. for Francis Eglesfield, 1673.
[24], 248, 245--309, [3], 224, [172] p., [3] pl. (2 fold., 1 volvelle) : add. engr. t.-pl., wdcut illus., tables ; 20.2 cm. (4º)

Gunter's Works were first published in 1653. Although this is called the 'Fifth' edition it is in fact the third, the publishers having apparently included separate appearances of the various parts in their counting. The words 'Arithmetick, Geometry', are gathered by a right brace, the words 'Dialling, and Fortification'. by a left brace, and the words 'Astronomy, Navigation', are enclosed within brackets on the title-page (sig. [A3]). The additional engraved title-page (sig. [A2]) has the title in letterpress within a masked oval compartment, with engraved imprint: 'Printed for Fr: Eglesfeild ... 1673'. 'The Sector Altered; And Other Scales Added: ... Invented and written by Mr. Samuel Foster, ...' and 'The Cross-Staff, In Three Books' each have separate dated title-pages; pagination and register are continuous to the end of the 'Second Book Of the Cross-Staff'. 'The Third Book of the Use of the Lines of Numbers, Sines and Tangents, for the drawing of Hour-lines on All Sorts of Planes' has caption title and begins new pagination and register (sig. 3A--4E4). 'Canon Triangulorum' has a separate title-page, dated 1672, and begins the [172] p. unpaginated sequence. Printer's name Andrew Clarke from Wing; 'The Sector Altered' and 'Canon Triangolorum' title-pages have 'Andrew Clark'. Half-title between rules. The first folded plate bears two impressions, the second has one impression with letterpress synopsis. The plate at p. 64 (first pagination sequence) is a volvelle for attachment, still bound in the Soane copy. With final leaf of publisher's advertisements. Wing G2241; ESTC r14615.

Copy Notes The final bifolium (sig. 5Y2) containing an 'Advertisement Concerning The Logarithms, ...' is misbound within bifolium 2S2 at the end of the second book. Bought from Thomas Boone for 3s., 3 October 1808. (Spiers Box). With Boone's price -3s- and hieroglyph in pencil on engraved title-page.

Binding C18th blind-panelled mottled calf, gilt-tooled spine compartments, red morocco spine-label, marbled edges.

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