DESCARTES, RENÉ. 1596-1650. Geometria á Renato Des Cartes Anno 1637 Gallicé edita.... Amsterdam: Elzevir, 1659-1661.

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DESCARTES, RENÉ. 1596-1650.
Geometria á Renato Des Cartes Anno 1637 Gallicé edita.... Amsterdam: Elzevir, 1659-1661.

US$ 1,500 - 2,000
£ 1,100 - 1,500
DESCARTES, RENÉ. 1596-1650.
Geometria á Renato Des Cartes Anno 1637 Gallicé edita.... Amsterdam: Elzevir, 1659-1661.
2 volumes. 8vo (194 x 153 mm). 520; [18], 420, [4] pp. With frontispiece portrait of Descartes in volume I, title printed in red and black and with woodcut printer's device, numerous diagrams in text. Contemporary limp vellum, manuscript title on spines, pastedowns lacking, light wear and warping to binding.
Provenance: Jacoby Lantfitt(?) (ownership signature to f.f.e.p. dated 1700); E.N. da C Andrade, Fellow of the Royal Society (bookplates in both volumes).

Second edition of Frans van Schooten's Latin translation of Descartes' seminal work. The Géométrie first appeared in French as an appendix to Descartes' Discours de la Méthode (1637). Van Schooten first saw the Géométrie at Leiden, as Descartes had come there to supervise the printing of the Discours. Van Schooten published the first Latin translation in 1649, adding his own extensive commentary. In the second edition the commentaries were enlarged and served as a basic reference for the generation of scholars who developed integral calculus. Isaac Newton, for one, used this edition in his studies, as his annotated copy in the library at Cambridge University can attest. PMM 129. Poggendorff I: 557.
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DESCARTES, RENÉ. 1596-1650. Geometria á Renato Des Cartes Anno 1637 Gallicé edita.... Amsterdam: Elzevir, 1659-1661.
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