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MANUSCRIPT ARITHMETIC COURSE.

REUMON, professor; PAULET, student

Cahier d’arithmétique fait par Antoine Paulet elève de M. Reumon. Nimes le 1er Avril 1808 [half-title:] Arithimétique de Antoine Paulet fait l’an 1807

Nîmes: , 1808
4to, 234 x 180mm, manuscript on paper in a formal hand with calligraphic titlepage and headings, ruled page borders, pp. 203 with 122 omitted, 186 repeated, 193 repeated three times; followed by 21 pages with ruled borders but without text but several leaves cut out; followed by18 blank leaves.
Binding: Contemporary vellum boards, remains of blue silk ties.
£600

A nicely written elementary course in arithmetic under a provincial French master, one Reumon whom I have not identified. The usual topics are covered, the basic arithmetical operations, some accountancy and business methods, ending with ‘Regle de compagnie’ (fellowship). But the blank pages with ruled borders at the end suggest that the student failed to finish writing out his lessons.