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FINE COPY OF THE STANDARD ARITHMETIC TEXT OF THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY.

WINGATE, Edmund (1596–1656)

Mr Wingate’s Arithmetick , containing a plain and familiar method, for attaining the knowledge and practice of common arithmetick. The eighth edition, very much enlarged. First composed by Edmund Wingate late of Grayes-Inne Esquire. Afterwards upon Mr. Wingate’s request, enlarged in his life-time: also since his decease carefully revised, and much improved, as will appear by the preface and table of contents. By John Kersey, teacher of the mathematicks, at the sign of the Globe in Shandos-street in Covent-Garden

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
8vo: A–2 K8 2L4, 236 leaves, pp. [12] 544 (i.e. 524, nos 181–200 omitted. ‘An appendix, containing choice knowledge in arithmetick, both practical and theoretical; ... Composed by John Kersey’ has divisional title on p. 303.
Condition: 170 x 108mm.
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.
Eighth edition, a reprint of the seventh edition, 1678; first published as Arithmetique made easie (1630), revised by Kersey for the second edition, 1650. Another issue omits ‘for R. S.’ in the imprint (ESTC R203214; Wing W3001A).
Bibliography: ESTC R10089; Wing W3002.
£650

A nice fresh copy of a book that normally saw heavy use. The first edition consisted of two parts, ‘natural’ and ‘artificial’, the second dealing with logarithms. Only the first part was revised and expanded by Kersey the elder (1616–1690) for the 1652 edition, which, with Kersey’s further revisions, made it the standard arithmetic textbook of the seventeenth-century and beyond. ESTC records 28 surviving editions up to 1735.
The second book, on logarithms, not included in Kersey’s editions was revised by Wingate himself and published as Arithmetique made easie, the second book in 1652.