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HOSTE, Paul (1652--1700)
[Théorie de la construction des vaisseaux, qui contient plusieurs traitez de mathématique. English]
A compendious course of practical mathematics. Particularly adapted to the use of the gentlemen of the army and navy. In two volumes. For the most part translated from the French of P. Hoste ... by the late William Webster. The third edition, corrected and improved by S. Clarke, teacher of mathematics, and author of An easy introduction to the theory and practice of mechanics. Vol. I. Containing, I. Elements of Euclid. II. Trigonometry. III. Practical geometry. IV. Mechanics. V. Fortification. VI. Gunnery. (Vol. II. Containing, I. Use of the globes. II. Navigation. III. The theory of working a ship.)
London: printed for H. Woodfall, J. Rivington, R. Baldwin, L. Hawes and Co. R. Horsfield, S. Growder, T. Caslon, T. Longman, J. Pritchard, B. Law, and W. Nicol, 1769.
2 vols ; 16.5 cm. (12º)
I: xii, [4], 224 p., fold. engr. frontis., [17] fold. pl.
II: [4], 228 p., fold. engr. frontis., [10] fold. pl.

Webster's Arithmetick in epitome was first published in 1715 and had reached its fourth edition in 1729 when he prepared his translations of Hoste's tracts for publication in 1730. Both the first (1730) and second editions (1751) of the 'Compendious Course' have additional title-pages featuring the respective fourth and eighth editions of his Arithmetick in epitome. The frontispieces are two impressions of the same plate, showing measuring instruments captioned 'These and all other Instruments are Accurately Made by all Mathematical Instrument Makers in London'. ESTC t115205.

Copy Notes 'Webster's Mathematicks' bought from Thomas Boone for 2s. 6d. on 18 March 1815. (Spiers Box). Both volumes inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper John Soane. Volume II of Soane's copy has a list of Books printed for Hawes and Co. in Pater-Noster-Row ([4] pages, q.v.) bound at the end.

Binding C18th sprinkled sheep, gilt double-rule spine, paper spine-labels, ink-lettered 'Webster's / Mathe-/matics'.

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