Ramus, Petrus [=Pierre de la Ramee],

[Maths, Science, Meetkunde, geometry, 1622] Meetkonst in XXVII boecken vervat. Uit het Latijn in ’t Neerduyts overgheset by Dirck Hendrickx Houtman. Oversien (…) door W. Snellium. Amsterdam, W.J. Blaeuw 1622, 4°. (20)+221+(5) pp.

First Dutch textbook on geometry. Full cont. vellum with many geometrical wood engravings in the text. With a dedication written by D.H. Houtman, pastor at Loosdrecht, to Adriaan Pauw, ruler of Heemstede. With preface of W. Snellius. With verses of legendo et scribendo [=Petrus Scriverius] and Vondel. At the end the famous demonstration of the area of a triangle, considered as fundamental in the history of trigonometry. This is still known as Snellius demonstration and a starting point in basic modern geodesy. Snellius made investigations into the figure of the earth and discovered the refraction-theory, later used by Descartes. Snellius claims in the preface that the translations of the Greek and Latin terms in Dutch were made by him. With a large poem by P.S.: Loff van de Wijs-konst (Praise of mathematics) and a poem by J. v. Vondel. First and last leaves sl. frayed. Read but good copy. B2265

Incl. BTW  4251,00

Excl. BTW  3.900,00

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