Title: Illustrated calligraphic manuscript ...
Book Condition: Very Good+
[Spain, possibly Seville or Valladolid?, 18th century]. 146 leaves (186 x 115mm). 19 lines written on recto and verso in a neat cursive script under headings and within ruled borders, on laid paper with watermarks. Containing manuscript text for books 1-6, 11 and 12 of Euclid’s Elements of Geometry, with an appendix on conic sections. 16 folding plates of carefully drawn pen and ink diagrams of geometric shapes, ellipses, cones, and cubes. Near contemporary vellum boards with morocco lettering label on spine, marbled endpapers; (covers slightly bowed and paper slightly rippled from moisture, spine strengthened with paper strip, graceful degradation of ruled borders in books 6 and 11 from ink burn, with some slight separation of margins, overall a good copy of this utmost scarce manuscript translation). Rare 18th-century calligraphic manuscript translation of Euclid’s "Elements of Geometry" written in Spanish. The first Spanish translation of Euclid’s Elements of Geometry appeared in 1576 by Rodrigo de Zamorano, a cosmographer in the court of Philip II of Spain. Two translations followed in the seventeenth century, one in 1637 by Carduchi and the other in 1689 by Jacob Knesa. A Euclidean tradition had already been long established on the Iberian Peninsula by Abelard of Bath, who made the first Latin translation of the Elements in the early twelfth century, supposedly from a copy written in Arabic that he acquired in Spain. As popular as Euclid’s Elements were, no further Spanish translations appeared in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This book seems to be a fully unique manuscript copy, which bridges the gap of Euclid’s arithmetical tradition in Spain. The enduring fascination with the Elements, well into the early modern period, inspired many academics as well as artists, architects, musicians, and even economists, to examine Euclidean properties of ratio. Particularly in the eighteenth century alternative theories about space owing to non-Euclidean mathematics were gaining recognition, which makes the actuality of this copy all the more interesting. Bookseller Inventory # SAV154
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