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BEVERIDGE, William (1673–1708)

Institutionum chronologicarum libri II . Una cum totidem arithmetices chronologicae libellis ... Editio altera, priori emendatior

London: typis Samueli Roycroft, & prostant apud Gualterum Kettilby, ad insigne Capitis Episcopi in D. Pauli Coemiterio, 1705
4to: A–2L4, 136 leaves, pp. [viii] 259 [5] (last page blank).
Condition: 192 x 145mm.
Binding: Contemporary sprinkled unlettered calf, blind-tooled inner border and corners. Rebacked.
Second editon (first edition 1669). The third edition, 1721, had a further two parts and was reprinted at Utrecht in 1734.
Bibliography: ESTC t143139; Houzeau and Lancaster 12848.

A history of calendars and number systems, the result of 12 years’ study. In the first book Beveridge gives a history of time measurement and calendar systems; the second is more astronomical and deals with eclipses as well as calendrical calculations; an appendix gives an account of Roman, Hebrew, Sumarian, Greek, Syriac, Arabic and Ethiopian number systems, with typeset characters in tables and in the text.
Beveridge, an expert on scholarly languages, was later Bishop of St Asaph and a founder of the SPCK.
Keywords:     astronomy    arithmetic