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RECORD, Robert (1510?--1558)
[The ground of arts. 1623]
The grovnd of arts: teaching the perfect worke and practise of arithmeticke, both in whole numbers and fractions, after a more easie and exact forme then in former time hath beene set foorth: made by Mr. Robert Record Dr. in Physick. Afterwards augmented by Mr. Iohn Dee. And since enlarged with a third part of rules of practise, abridged into a briefer method then hitherto hath been published, with diuers necessary rules incident to the trade of merchandise: with tables of the valuation of all coynes as they are currant at this present time: by John Mellis. Whereunto is added a compendium of interest, ... with a table of board and timber measure calculated by R.N. And now the second time diligently perused, corrected, illustrated and inlarged; ... by Robert Hartwell, philomathematicus. New tables of interest vpon interest, ... with the true value of annuities ... by R.C.
At London printed by John Beale for Roger Jackson, 1623.
[26], 579, 582--613, [1] p. : tables, wdcut illus. ; 15.7 cm. (8º)

First published in 1543, this was a popular work that went through some fifty editions before 1700. John Dee's first edition of the work was published in 1561. John Mellis is variously identified as a 'scholemaster of Soutwark' and a 'mathematician'. His contribution of the 'Thirde Part' first appeared in the edition of 1582. He was a pioneer of accountancy and edited Hugh Oldcastle's A briefe instruction and maner hovv to keepe bookes of accompts after the order of debitor and creditor of 1543 in 1588. (See: R.R. Coomber Pioneers in English book-keeping texts - Hugh Oldcastle and John Mellis, in Accounting research, vol. 7, no. 2, April, 1956). Robert Norton's 'Table' first appeared in an edition of Records arithmeticke in 1615, and again 'inlarged' by Hartwell in the 1618 edition of The ground of arts. Hartwell advertises his services as mathematical teacher on the final page. 'R.C.' has not been identified. Pagination irregular. Page 3 misnumbered 5. Page 407: 'The Third Part or Addition to this Booke ... Set Forth by John Mellis' has divisional title-page; pagination and register are continuous. STC 20808; ESTC s115718.

Copy Notes Front pastedown inscribed in ink: 3789. 17th century ink underlinings and annotations passim; some marginalia.

Binding C17th limp vellum, spine-title in ink reading 'Mellis's Arithmetick 1623'. Ties lacking.

Reference Number 1066


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