[drop head title:] Directions for using the Table of Logarithms

(Pennsylvania.) [PRESTON (Paul)]

[drop head title:] Directions for using the Table of Logarithms

Description: manuscript in ink on paper, a home-made book, paper watermarked with a fleur-de-lys and the initials L.G. (vaguely similar to Churchill 406, but without the crown), some water-staining, 'using' in title partly obscured by an ink stain, upper outer corners bent in, some examples noted as 'blotted' and with the correct text noted in the lower margin, but other blottings not thus corrected, pp. 16, [4, blank, unopened), 37 (tables, with cut out index, including 2 leaves sewn together at the fore-margin and excluded from the page count), 8vo, original drab wrappers, somewhat crudely side-stitched, water-stained, loosely inserted a docket made out to Paul Preston as Treasurer of Bucks County, PA, concerning payments to 2 poor people, dated August 2, 1770, signed by 3 functionaries, religious verses on the verso, browned, formerly repaired with sellotape with resultant stains, now more carefully consolidated

Publication Details: [Pennsylvania], c. 1750

Notes: On the face of it, an ordinary enough student's manuscript MS on logarithms, but an appealing home-made colonial American booklet, with, moreover, a most interesting provenance. Paul Preston's father, Amor Preston, 'was one of the earliest settlers in Penn's Colony ... He became very friendly with the aborigines, and when his house in the woods was burned he was persuaded by the Indians to remove with them further back in the woods, near their Indian town of Hollecunk, in the Buckingham valley ... The two Preston boys, Nathan and Paul, were reared among the Indians and learned to speak their l...more

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Price: £2,000

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: c. 1750

Stock Number: 64551

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