The Description and Use of the Sector, Crosse-staffe, & Other Instruments.

Gunter (Edmund)

The Description and Use of the Sector, Crosse-staffe, & Other Instruments.

VVith a Canon of Artificiall Sines and Tangents, to a Radius of 10000.0000. parts, and the vse thereof in Astronomie, Navigation, Dialling, and Fortification, &c. The second Edition much augmented

Description: with additional engraved title-page (which extends the title further), engraved frontispiece, diagram on printed title, 2 woodcut plates, and 2 printed slips, 1 folding, bound in, numerous diagrams and illustrations in the text, some full-page, others nearly so, slightly browned, a few patches of minor staining, one leaf with 2 small holes, 1 in the fore-margin, 1 with minor loss to text, [xii], 78, [2], 79-113, 116-163, [1]; 266; 56, 59-64, 67-75, [1]; [114], 4to, contemporary calf, double blind fillets on sides, on the upper cover, at the outer upper corner there is a sequence of numbers from 1 to 10 blocked in blind, descending vertically, the sequence repeated half way through below (an unusual feature), repeated, one line only, on lower cover, rebacked, corners and edges repaired, fly-leaf at the end ruled in columns in red, small blue paper label inside front cover with a name scratched out, much later pencil annotations and workings in pencil in a few places

Publication Details: Printed by William Iones, for Iames Bowler, 1636

Notes: A good, large, complete copy of the second and best edition of Gunter's collected writings (called The Works in the third edition of 1653), edited by Samuel Foster, with additions, including a chapter on the mathematics of fortification, not published before. The volume is in four separately numbered parts, comprising the Booke of the Sector, Booke of Crosse-stafte, Use of the Canon and Table, and the Canon Triangulorum, the last with a separate title page. Waters says the Booke of the Sector 'must rank with Eden's translation of Cortes's Arte de Navegar and Wright's Certaine Errors as one of ...more

Bibliography: (ESTC S103555; see Taylor p. 196)

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Price: £8,000

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: 1636

Stock Number: 62006

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