Roger Gaskell Rare Books

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Mathematics

APOLLONIUS OF PERGA

Florence:  ex typographia Iosephi Cocchini ad insigne stellae MDCLXI. Superiorum permissu,  1661
Binding: Contemporary English calf, rebacked and corners repaired.
Provenance: Twentieth century ticket of Heffer’s, booksellers in Cambridge with pencilled price ‘Scarce £6-6-0’ and cost code.
£2,500



ARBUTHNOT, John (1667–1735)

London:  printed for J. Tonson,  1727
Binding: Contemporary calf, gilt filet and blind ruled borders, gilt spine, red morocco lettering piece, marbled endleaves, red sprinkled edges. Spine slightly rubbed and with a small chip in the headband.
Provenance: Earls of Portsmouth with engraved bookplate of the second Earl (Franks F.30719).
£600



BERRYMAN, John, wood engraver (fl. 1815–40)

BERRYMAN, John, wood engraver (fl. 1815–40)

London:  H.K. Causton, printer, Birchin-Lane, Cornhill,  c. 1815
£150


Insurance advertising handbill.

COULUBRIER, Rémi-Claude after BEDIGIS, Philippe

COULUBRIER, Rémi-Claude after BEDIGIS, Philippe

Paris:  chez les S.rs Mondhare et Jean, rue S.t Jean de Beauvais près celle des noyers,  1785
£1,500


A writing master’s arithmetic wall chart

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.
£2,000


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.
£3,000


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

LUINO, Francesco (1740–1792) and Roger Joseph BOSCOVICH (1711–1787)

Milan:  Giuseppe Galeazzi,  1767
Binding: Contemporary half vellum over pasteboard, gilt bands and centre ornaments in spine compartments, black leather lettering piece, blue-green pastedowns. Headcap chipped, short split in upper joint and some other wear.
Provenance: Sebastiano Canterzani (1734–1818), Italian physicist and mathematician, with his name inscribed on paper label on the pastedown. Listed in Catalogo della libreria privata Canterzani esistente in Bologna via Toresotto di San Martino (Bologna: Tipografia dell' Istituto delle Scienze, 1847) p. 61. A short blue chalk line below imprint on title may also be associated with Canterzani’s ownership, or that of his son.
£1,400


His first work, promoted by Boscovich

MACLAURIN, Colin (1698–1746)

London:  printed for A. Millar, and J. Nourse,  1748
Binding: Contemporary calf, spine with double fillets and small lozenge in each compartment, orange morocco lettering piece. Rubbed but sound.
Provenance: John Hamilton, signature dated Nov. 1756 on title; booklabel of P. G. Lowe (twentieth-century).
£800


Commentary on Newton’s Arithmetica universalis. First edition.

SIMSON, Robert (1687–1768)

Edinburgh:  Apud T. & W. Ruddimannos,  1735
Binding: Contemporary panelled calf. Rubbed.
Provenance: ‘Balgonie 1737’, signature on verso of title; engraved book plate with the arms of the Earls of Leven, Balgonie Castle, Fife.
£500


Simson’s first book; Scottish provenance. First edition.

WINGATE, Edmund (1596–1656)

London:  printed by E[dward]. H[orton]. for R[obert]. S[stephens]. and are to be sold by J. Williams at the Sign of the Crown in St. Paul’s Church-yard,  1683
Binding: Contemporary unlettered sprinkled calf, red and brown sprinkled page edges. Corners bumped but a well preserved binding; 1 of 2 front free endleaves removed.
Provenance: ‘A Windham’, contemporary signature on titlepage; remains of triangular paper label at head of spine.
£650


Fine copy of the standard arithmetic text of the seventeenth century.