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GRAVESANDE, Willem Jacob 's (1688--1742)
[Matheseos universalis elementa. English. 1752]
The elements of universal mathematics, or algebra. To which is added, a specimen of a commentary on Sir Isaac Newton's universal arithmetic. Containing, demonstrations of his method of finding divisors, and of his rule for extracting the root of a binomial. Also a new rule for determining the form of an assum'd infinite series. Translated from the Latin of G.I. 'sGravesande. The second edition.
London: printed for Samuel Paterson, 1752.
iv, 187, [1] p., IV fold. pl. ; 19.1 cm. (8º)

Matheseos universalis elementa was first printed in Leiden in 1727. The first edition of the English translation was printed for John Senex in 1728. The present edition is a reissue of the sheets of the 1728 edition with cancel title-page and retaining the final page of advertisements for 'Books Printed for, and Sold by John Senex'. Another reissue of the same sheets had previously been printed for S. Austen in 1749 under title The new mathematician's guide: containing the elements of universal mathematics. ESTC t187815.

Copy Notes Four lines of annotations in pencil in an unidentified hand on front pastedown, obscured by Soane's bookplate and continuing on the rear pastedown, apparently directions to a location near Leicester-Fields [now Leicester Square].

Binding C18th sprinkled sheep, gilt double-ruled spine, missing the spine-label.

Reference Number 518


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