Arithmeticorum libri sex, et de numeris multangulis liber unus.

Diophantus of Alexandria.

Arithmeticorum libri sex, et de numeris multangulis liber unus.

Cum commentariis C.G. Bacheti V.C. & observationibus D.P. de Fermat senatoris Tolosani … Accessit doctrinae analyticae inventum novum, collectum [by J. de Billy] ex varijs ... Fermat epistolis [ed. Samuel de Fermat].

Description: FIRST EDITION OF FERMAT'S RECENSION, large engraved vignette on title, several finely engraved headpieces and initials, and a few woodcut diagrams in the text, damp-stain in the inner margin of the first 20 odd leaves, occasional browning and spotting as usual, nothing severe, pp. [xii], 64, 341, 48, folio (350 x 230 mm), contemporary vellum (probably Italian), green morocco label on spine (partly defective), upper corners worn, a little worming to the insides of the boards,

Publication Details: Toulouse: Bernard Bosc, 1670

Notes: First edition of Fermat's annotated edition of Diophantus' Arithmetica, a large copy, and also the first printing of Fermat's contributions to the theory of numbers, of which he is the undisputed founder, including his famous statement of 'Fermat's last theorem.' Since most of Fermat's work in number theory remained unpublished in his lifetime, 'it was neither understood nor appreciated until Euler revived it and initiated the line of continuous research that culminated in the work of Gauss and Kummer in the early nineteenth century' (DSB). Fermat showed little interest in publishing his work,...more

Bibliography: (Honeyman 893; Hoffman II, p.109; Macclesfield 638 (large paper copy); Norman 777; Smith, Rara arithmetica, p. 348)

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Price: £35,000

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: 1670

Stock Number: 64285

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