An Account of the Life, Writings, and Inventions of John Napier, of Merchiston;

(Napier.) ERSKINE (David Stewart, Earl of Buchan), and Walter Minto

An Account of the Life, Writings, and Inventions of John Napier, of Merchiston;

Illustrated with Copperplates.

Description: FIRST EDITION (see below), Robinson and Creech issue, stipple engraved portrait frontispiece, and 5 engraved plates, occasional minor browning, frontispiece and final plate a little creased, pp. vii, [8-] 56, 55-134, 3, 4to in 2s, contemporary tree calf, single gilt fillets on sides, spine gilt in compartments, joints repaired with a little loss or blurring to the tooling, and a new label, 2 patches to upper cover re-instated, darkening and craquelure to the edges (consolidated), good

Publication Details: Perth: Printed by R. Morison, junr. For R. Morison and Son, Booksellers; and sold by G. G. J. and J. Robinson, Pater-Noster-Row, London; and W. Creech, Edinburgh, 1787

Notes: The first biography of Napier (a protoype of Buchan's proposed Biographia Scotia). The confusion regarding the two editions of this work, and their collation, has, it seems, now been resolved. In Tomash & Williams it is stated 'Some catalogs list the first edition as 1778, but this error presumably arose from the simple transposition of the last two digits'. However, as the date on the title-pages are in Roman numerals, this explanation is not sufficient. The truth is deduced in The Life and Works of John Napier, by Brian Rice, Enrique González-Velasco, Alexander Corrigan, Springer, 2017, pp....more

Bibliography: (Tomash & Williams E16; ESTC T85227)

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Price: £1,250

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: 1787

Stock Number: 63917

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