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Euclides; Christophorus Clavius.  [Euclidis Elementorum libri XV]. Euclidis Posteriores libri ix. Accesit liber xvi. De solidorum regularium comparatione cuiuslibet intra quodlibet comparatione. Romae: Apud Aloysium Zannettum, 1603. 8vo (16.8 cm, 6.6"). Vol. II (only): 925, [3] pp. (pagination erratic); illus.
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Clavius (1538–1612), a prominent => Jesuit astronomer and mathematician, was dubbed "the Euclid of his century" for his critical evaluation of the Elements. This hefty compendium — part of Clavius's extensive Euclidis elementorum — offers not just a translation but a full examination of the original text, incorporating notes, commentary, criticism, and explications of Euclid. The complete work was first published in 1574; while the second volume usually begins with book X onwards, this edition covers books VII through XVI.
        The title-page text is set within a frame composed of woodcut typographic ornaments, with a printer's device. Sections of text are separated by printer's head- and tailpieces, with woodcut capitals at the beginning of each topic and small diagrams throughout. Given after the colophon is an additional illustration originally intended for p. 432, and there is a shouldernote inked in Latin in an early hand on that page to that effect.
        Provenance: From the Buxheim Charterhouse library (title-page with attractive armorial rubber-stamp reading "Bibl. Buxheim" and early inked inscription reading "Cartusiae Buxiae"). Most recently in the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

DeBacker-Sommervogel, II, 1214. Contemporary vellum with yapp edges, spine with early hand-inked title; front cover slightly sprung, ties now lacking, spine with traces of later inked shelving identifier and sides with small spots of staining. All edges stained blue, now mottled. This is vol. II only, with books 7–16 complete here. Front pastedown with pencilled annotations; one page with early inked annotation as above. Intermittent minor foxing; about ten leaves with light waterstaining to upper outer portions. => A solid, appealing copy of an important mathematical work, with nice provenance.  (39903)   Please RESHELVE This.


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