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Math Notebook Illustrated with Many Fine Watercolored Vignettes

Nicholson, Samuel (1793-1885)

Published by Newton (later absorbed by Camden, NJ), 1811
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
From White Fox Rare Books, ABAA/ILAB (West Windsor, VT, U.S.A.)

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33 by 20.5 cm. 81 leaves, or 162 pp. Math problems are set out in an exceptionally neat hand, with topical titles done calligraphically. It is the exquisite vignettes, though, that truly set this apart from other surviving student notebooks from this era. Besides the many mathematical drawings, there are over 50 examples of watercolor work, not including the coloring of the lettering of headings. These include eighteen miniature paintings of such things as ships, towers, hills, soldiers, dogs, houses, trees and topography, the remainder being the coloring in of shapes, both regular and irregular, and not infrequently there might be a colored fleur-de-lys serving as a directional guide . Of the letters that are colored, we note one instance in which it was done with a striking plaid pattern. The math problems encompass geometry, logarithms, trigonometry, topography, and the Pennsylvania method of calculation (of location). But by no means is the drawing all about color. Even the unembellished geometric schemata are rendered with precision and are lovely to behold as a result. It would appear that Nicholson came from a prosperous family, and might be surmised just on the basis of the level of education he attained as reflected by this notebook. Half Leather (Sheep) with Marbled Boards. Bookseller Inventory # 003955

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Title: Math Notebook Illustrated with Many Fine ...

Publisher: Newton (later absorbed by Camden, NJ)

Publication Date: 1811

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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