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FIBONACCI, BOETHIUS, ET AL.

5 mathematical manuscript texts in Latin, [Italy or Northern Italy: late 14th century – late 15th century], all on paper, bound into a single volume. The first four texts in one codex, written out in an Italian gothic hand [watermarks of crossbow in a circle, cf. Bricquet 743-750]; leaves 1-102 (final leaf 102 blank), a-k

The final text of the volume comprises a rare work by Fibonacci, written out in an Italian humanist cursive hand of the late 15th century [watermarks of a cross and a bulls head cf. Bricquet 11806 and 1455a, both found in the Venetian region in the 1480's], leaves 103-221 (leaves 103 and 222 blank) single column, a-b

Together 222 leaves (foliated in a 19th century hand probably at the time of binding). Mid-19th century marbled boards. Custom chemise and red quarter morocco case. First leaf with a small marginal repair and light soiling, pale narrow staining to the top edge of about 40 leaves, a few ink-burns to the diagrams, binding lightly rubbed with joints and corners showing.

CONTENTS:

1. BOETHIUS, Anicius Manlius Severinus [c 480-524]

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2. GROSSETESTE, Robert [1175-1253].

3. [Various tables for the comparison of Christian and Arabic years, tables of conjunction and opposition etc with explanatory notes.] Fol 93v-96r.

4. [DE PULCHRO RIVO, Johannes, attrib.]

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5. FIBONACCI, Leonardo of Pisa [c 1175-1250].

Leonardo of Pisa, called Fibonacci, is often considered the greatest mathematician of the Middle Ages, and the mathematical Renaissance may be dated to him. His most important and largest work [the

After 1228 very little is known of Fibonacci's life but his influence was significant for another 500 years. Even in 1500 in Pacioli's

It was not until Boncompagni published the text in 1857 that Fibonacci's important work was exposed to a wider "modern" mathematical community. Since then, the modern world's debt to Fibonacci has become increasingly apparent. The

LITERATURE:

Narducci, Enrico.

Faye, C.U. & W.H. Bond.

Harrington, K.P. & Joseph Pucci.

PROVENANCE:

1. Prince Baldassare Boncompagni-Ludovisi (1821-1894). These texts were assembled and bound by Boncompagni, with the remnants of his shelf label on spine and number 122, and his number 176 beneath (listed in his catalogue as ms122). The famous Aristocratic collector of mathematical texts in Italy in the 19th century and a historian of Science. This volume sold at auction in 1898.

2. Purchased by Robert B Honeyman in 1932 (his shelf mark Gen Sci 6 Ms23).

3. Honeyman sale Sothebys London, May 2 1979, lot 1109 to Nico Israel.

4. Purchased by J.G. Bergart in 1980, since on loan to the John Hay Library, Brown University.

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