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Descartes, René; Florimond de Beaune; Johan de Witt; & Frans van Schooten; Rasmus Bartholin, ed.  Renati des Cartes Principia matheseos universalis, seu introductio ad geometriae methodum. Francofurti ad Moenum: Sumptibus Friderici Knochii, 1695. 4to (21.3 cm, 8.3"). [8], 420, [4], 423–68, [2] pp.; diagrs.

Important gathering of Cartesian mathematical thought, opening with van Schooten's Latin introduction to and commentary on Descartes' La Géométrie, followed by De aequationum natura, constitutione, & limitibus by de Beaune, Elementa curvarum linearum by de Witt, Tractatus de concinnandis demonstrationibus geometricis ex calculo algebraïco by van Schooten, and the closing Notae et animadversiones tumultuariae in universum opus by Bartholin, who edited the texts. Each work has a separate title-page, and numerous equations and small in-text diagrams appearing throughout; the volume ends with a one page list of errata, chiefly of errors in the mathematical notations.
        The trio here was first published as the second volume of the two volume edition of the Latin translation of Descartes' Geométrie, issued in Amsterdam by the Elzevirs, 1659–61.
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).
        Searches of NUC and WorldCat locate only four U.S. libraries (UChicago, U.S. Naval Observatory, UMinnesota, Linda Hall) reporting ownership.

VD17 3:301520H. 19th-century half calf and marbled paper–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped leather title and date label; mildly rubbed overall. Title-page with rectangular portion on either side of printer's device excised and repaired (repair apparently done some time ago), with excision just barely touching the ends of the motto banner. First few leaves browned; foxing and offsetting throughout. => A worthwhile exploration of mathematical thought as it stood toward the close of the 17th century and a good solid copy.  (39902)   Please RESHELVE This.

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