A Treatise of Algebra, both Historical and Practical

Wallis (John)

A Treatise of Algebra, both Historical and Practical

Shewing, the original, progress, and advancement thereof, from time to time; and by what steps it hath attained to the heighth at which now it is. With some additional treatises, I. Of the cono-cuneus; being a body representing in part a conus, in part a cuneus. II. Of angular sections; and other things relating there-unto, and to trigonometry. III. Of the angle of contact; with other things appertaining to the composition of magnitudes, the inceptives of magnitudes, and the composition of motions, with the results thereof. IV. Of combinations, alternations, and aliquot parts.

Description: FIRST EDITION, with engraved portrait frontispiece by Loggan, and with 10 folding engraved plates, diagrams in the text, short portion of the top edge of 1 plate protruding slightly, a few scattered spots and minor browning, pp. [xvi], 374, [iv], 17, [i], 76 [i.e.176], [i], 17, folio, sumptuously bound in contemporary red morocco, gilt panelled sides, spine richly gilt, gilt edges, later pastedowns, minor shefl-wear, very good

Publication Details: Printed by John Playford, for Richard Davis, Bookseller, in the University of Oxford, 1685

Notes: A choice copy of Wallis's famous mathematical work on algebra, his only book to be published in English, and the first recorded effort to give a graphical interpretation of the complex roots of a real quadratic equation. Some of his greatest work are contained here, 'including an exposition of infinite series and the first printed account ... of Newton's pioneering results. Wallis had long been afraid that foreigners might claim the glory of Newton's achievements as their own before Newton had done so ... In addition the book contains a full exposition of Algebra with its history in a hundred ...more

Bibliography: (ESTC R12258)

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Price: £17,500

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: 1685

Stock Number: 60420

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