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MONTUCLA, J.F., [JEAN ETIENNE, 1725 - 1799) - Histoire Des Mathématiques Dans Laquelle on Rend Compte de Leurs Progrès Depuis Leur Origine Jusqu'à Nos Jours ; Où L'on Expose le Tableau Et le Développement Des Principales Découvertes Dans Toutes Les Parties Des Mathématiques, 4 Volumes , Complete Set

. les contestations qui se sont élevées entre les mathématiciens et les principaux traits de la vie des plus célèbres. Nouvelle édition considérablement augmentée et prolongée jusque vers l'époque actuelle? P. Agasse, An VII/An X; [1799 - 1802 ] 4 volumes in 4, Volume I [2], 8pp. 739pp. 12 folding plates, Volume II (2), 718pp. 14 folding plates Volume III 1 portrait (Montucla), [2], VIII, 832pp. 17 folding plates, volume IV Portrait La Lande[2], 688pp. 2 folding plates, ` Montucla's friends persuaded him to work on a new edition of his famous Histoire des mathématiques.(2 volumes, 1758 ) In August 1799 Montucla published new editions through Agasse in Paris of the two volumes originally published in 1758. Montucla extensively revised and enlarged the two volumes. He had intended to extend his cover of history to the end of the 18th century and part of the third volume on this topic was printed by the time he died, four months after the publication of the new editions of 1799. Lalande, with the help of some other scientists, completed volumes three and four to give the coverage that Montucla had intended. Volume three covered 18th century pure mathematics, optics and mechanics in 832 pages, while the fourth volume covered 18th century astronomy, mathematical geography and navigation. - "Montucla's major work, the first classical history of mathematics, was a comprehensive and, relative to the state of contemporary scholarship, accurate description of the development of the subject in various countries. The account also included mechanics, astronomy, optics and music which were then considered subdivisions of mathematics. The first volume covers the beginnings, the Greeks (including the Byzantines) and the West until the start of the seventeenth century ; the second volume is devoted entirely to the latter century. Montucla originally planned to take his work up to the middle of the eighteenth century in a third volume but could not do so, principally because of the abundance of material. In the second edition, extended to cover the whole eighteenth century, he was able to reach this goal. Much remained unfinished, however, since Montucla died during the printing of the third volume. Lalande, his friend from childhood, assisted by others, completed volumes III (pure mathematics, optics, mechanics) and IV (astronomy, mathematical geography, navigation) and published them in 1802". (DSB IX p. 501) Cajori p. 250 - Honeyman N 3284. In a later half calf binding with shagreen covered boards, green and red leather author/title labels on the spines. calf leather corners. Inside hinges re-enforced with linen strips. Copy with large margins, Volume I: Staining in top margins between page 1 and page 133, smaller at first then getting larger and then becoming less again; leaf 425/426 has a small tear, leaf 423/424 browned and has small hole in margin; small hole in 425/426 due to trimming error by printer/binder. Volume II: some wormholes in outer margins pages up to page 60 , leaf 73/74 stained; Volume III has holes in inner margins of pp. 595-622, this volume has an exceptionally clear text. Volume IV: Staining on pp. 221 - 312, all very small in right hand top margins and also on pp. 526 - 659, but again gradually from small stains to larger and then getting smaller again. We can send some images.
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