Roger Gaskell Rare Books

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DESCARTES, René (1596–1650); Frans van Schooten (1615–1660)

Amsterdam:  ex typographia Bavaiana,  1683
Binding: Contemporary English panelled calf, red sprinkled page edges. Joints cracked but cords holding, spine and corners worn, lettering piece lacking.
Provenance: 1. Engraved armorial book plate of Philip Henry, Earl Stanhope, FRS (1781–1855); 2. D. T. Whiteside (1932–2008), Newtonian scholar, with Newton’s annotations copied by him in ink and a page of notes laid in.

The text used by Newton – his annotations copied into this copy.

EUCLID. CLAVIUS, Christoph (1538–1612)

Rome:  Vincenzo Accolti,  1574
Binding: Bound in 1 thick volume in contemporary limp vellum. Soiled, joints starting to split.
Provenance: ‘Hieronymi Saphii’, contemporary signature on first titlepage (scored through), in capitals on second titlepage (with some doodles) and on colophon leaf; small oval early owner’s stamp on titlepages; another early stamp with an Eagle and the IHS Christogram on the final blank leaf of vol. I; Capuchin Monastery of Sursee, near Lucerne, with library stamp on free endleaf.

Clavius, ‘The Euclid of the sixteenth century’. First edition.

HAMILTON, John (d. 1747)

London:  printed for the author, by W. Bowyer, and sold by S. Austen,  1738
Binding: Contemporary bright blue pastepaper wrappers, lined with printer’s waste from Soyecourt, Plaidoyer pour le marquis de Soyecourt (4to, Paris: imprimerie de veuve Valade 1788) and an unidentified Chinese grammar in French with Chinese characters.

Over ambitious.