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ELEMENTORUM LIBRI XV. Una Cum Scholijs Antiquis. A’ Federico Commandino Urbinate Nuper in Latinum Conversi, Commentarijsque Quibusdam Illustrati

Euclidis [Euclid]

Published by Pisa Comillo Franceschini 1572, 1572
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First Edition of the translation by Federico, Commandino Urbinate. With a beautifully engraved titlepage by Jacob Criegher and with hundreds of geometric diagrams within the text. 4to, full contemporary limp vellum with evidence of older printed parchment used for backing, spine handsomely labeled in antique holograph. [12], 256. A wonderful example in full contemporary state, binding unsophisticated and sturdy, very crisp and well preserved. With very old damp staining to the outer margins of the last 20 or so leaves, some expected aging to the vellum. SCARCE AND HIGHLY IMPORTANT. The First Edition of this translation into Latin and with the commentary of the Commandino. Of great historical importance and in fact still today recognized as the best of the numerous sixteenth century translations. It represents the high point of the scientific production of the great mathematician Urbinate (1509-1575). Commandino had, like his main supporter Cardinal Farnese, became passionate of the classical sciences. It is one of the few translations of Euclid solidly based on a Greek original and it served as the base for almost all later translations prior to Peyrard’s discovery of a "pristine" Greek Euclid in the early nineteenth century. Euclid’s ‘ELEMENTS’ is the "oldest mathematical textbook still in common use today" (PMM) and one of the most important scientific text in human history. Euclid was the foremost mathematician of the illustrious "Alexandrian Academy". He had studied at Athens, probably with students of Plato. His ‘Elements’ remains the most important treatise of Geometry and has determined all subsequent teaching. Perhaps no book save the Bible has been more extensively studied, and for the past 22 centuries it has held its place of importance. Although elementary works had been written by other authors prior to Euclid, his works completely displaced everything which had come before and set a standard which would remain through time right up to the 21st Century. Bookseller Inventory # 15699

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Title: ELEMENTORUM LIBRI XV. Una Cum Scholijs ...

Publisher: Pisa Comillo Franceschini 1572

Publication Date: 1572

Edition: 1st Edition

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