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Farragine Matematica Extesum et numeri buius sunt farrago libelli.
1 Farragine Matematica Extesum et numeri buius sunt farrago libelli.
Quarter Calf. Very Good 
Geometry treatise written in a very neat hand and with many precise, and handsome, illustrations. N.d., 18th century probably. 4to. 26.5 by 19 cm. 200 pp. Really a miscellany of mathematical theorems and problems, and these are obviously treated with great sophistication. Dating based on writing, paper, binding, etc. If not 18th century, the first quarter of the 19th century. Pages are numbered, with 75/76 missing. Page 77 is a blank, and there is no evident loss of continuity, so it is possible 75/76 did not have content. Our conjecture is that this manuscript was intended for publication. In any case, it is a special survival, providing a window to mathematical pedagogy of over two centuries ago. Moderate wear to the cover. Other than the missing leaf, the contents are generally clean. 
Price: 2500.00 USD
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Math and Calligraphy Notebook Bound with Older Newspaper, Greenough, Richard [Richard Greenough Atkinson]
2 Greenough, Richard [Richard Greenough Atkinson] Math and Calligraphy Notebook Bound with Older Newspaper
Atkinson, New Hampshire (?) 1816, 1817 Wraps made of newspaper Very Good 
Tall 4to, 31 by 19 cm. Unpaginated, 29 leaves, or 38 pp., mostly dealing with arithmetic and other mathematical formulations, with a decided bent towards the practical financial functions, such as interest calculations and discounting. It is a fairly typical such surviving notebook of that era, but for the final page of maxims written in an ornamental cursive calligraphic hand. Also three pages of legal forms (quitation deed, a will, a promissory note). Notwithstanding the calligraphy at the end and ornamental lettering elsewhere, the notebook is far from entirely neat, with many of the mathematical calculations looking as one might expect in a student's notebook. Still, the notebook belongs to a bygone era of pedagogy. Moderate wear generally, with some wormholing of the newspaper wraps. 
Price: 150.00 USD
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3 Nicholson, Samuel (1793-1885) Math Notebook Illustrated with Many Fine Watercolored Vignettes
Newton (later absorbed by Camden, NJ) 1811 Half Leather (Sheep) with Marbled Boards Very Good 
33 by 20.5 cm. 81 leaves, or 162 pp. Math problems are set out in an exceptionally neat hand, with topical titles done calligraphically. It is the exquisite vignettes, though, that truly set this apart from other surviving student notebooks from this era. Besides the many mathematical drawings, there are over 50 examples of watercolor work, not including the coloring of the lettering of headings. These include eighteen miniature paintings of such things as ships, towers, hills, soldiers, dogs, houses, trees and topography, the remainder being the coloring in of shapes, both regular and irregular, and not infrequently there might be a colored fleur-de-lys serving as a directional guide . Of the letters that are colored, we note one instance in which it was done with a striking plaid pattern. The math problems encompass geometry, logarithms, trigonometry, topography, and the Pennsylvania method of calculation (of location). But by no means is the drawing all about color. Even the unembellished geometric schemata are rendered with precision and are lovely to behold as a result. It would appear that Nicholson came from a prosperous family, and might be surmised just on the basis of the level of education he attained as reflected by this notebook. 
Price: 5000.00 USD
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4 Whiting, Harris Jon Math Notebook
Holliston, Massachusetts 1821 NA Good 
Federalist period student's math notebook, with much of the writing by a calligraphic hand (at least by today's standards). About 50 leaves. One loose page. A few page ends torn out. Age toning, and some insignificant soiling. Wear to the top page. No binding. Probably complete, other than torn out pages. 
Price: 60.00 USD
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