. . . having to conduct my grandson through his course of Mathematics, I have resumed that study with great avidity. it was
ever my favorite one. we have no theories there, no uncertainties remain on the mind; all is demonstration & satisfaction
. . .
to dr. benjamin rush, august 17, 1811.
Diophanti Arithmetica & numeri Multanguli.
1815 Catalogue, page 109, no. 36, as above, but reading
Diophanti Alexandrini Arithmeticorvm Libri Sex, et de nvmeris mvltangvlis liber vnvs. Nunc primùm
editi, atque absolutissimis Commentariis illustrati. Avctore Clavdio Gaspare Bacheto Meziriaco Sebvsiano, V. C. Lvtetiæ Parisiorvm
, via Iacobæa, sub Ciconiis.
m. dc. xxi.
Cvm Privilegio Regis. [1621.]
First Edition of the
Greek text. Folio. 278 leaves, title printed in red and black, with
Cramoisy’s engraved device,
Latin text in parallel columns, mathematical diagrams.
Brunet II, 99.
This edition not in Smith.
Entered in the undated manuscript catalogue without price.
Diophantus of Alexandria is supposed to have flourished about the middle of the third century A.D. This work is considered the first systematic treatise
of algebra ever written; it contains the first edition of the Greek text and the
second of the Latin.
Claude Gaspar Bachet, sieur de Méziriac, 1581-1638, French Jesuit scholar and mathematician, was the editor of the Greek text.
Gulielmus Xylander [i.e.
Wilhelm Holtzmann], 1532-1596, professor of Greek at Heidelberg, first published his Latin translation of the
Arithmetica in 1575.
1815 Catalogue, page 109, no. 2, as above.
name also given as “
The Arte of Vulgar Arithmeticke, both in Integers and Fractions, deuided into two Bookes; whereof the first is called Nomodidactus
numerorum, and the second Portus proportionum . . . Whereunto is added a thirde Booke, entituled Musa