1571 Euclides (Euclid) Elementorum (Elements), Omnes Omnium. Also Heron of Alexandria passages. 1st Greek printing of Euclid's Data.


1571 Latin and Greek edition of Euclid's Elements and other works, including the 1st known Greek printing of Data. Also, some passages from Hero(n) of Alexandria.

Euclid in Print, 1482-1703 (Wardaugh, Beeley, Nasifoglu) describe this edition as a re-issue of the 1570 Strasbourg edition, with the noted addition of Data, stating "This appears to be the first printing in Greek of any part of the Data. The Latin translation differs from that of Zamberti/Herlin and is probably new".

Regarding Elements, they note "The Euclidian text appears to be reprinted from that of the Strasbourg 1564, using the same blocks for the diagrams... the volume also contains, in Greek and Latin, a Vocabula Geometrica and Vocabula Steriometrica attributed to Heron.

The translations are largely attributed to Conrad Dasypodius, the Strasbourg professor.

About Euclid's Elements -

The Elements is a mathematical treatise consisting of 13 books attributed to the ancient Greek mathematician Euclid in Alexandria, Ptolemaic Egypt c. 300 BC. It has proven instrumental in the development of logic and modern science, and its logical rigor was not surpassed until the 19th century. - Wikipedia

Provenance -

Oldest ticket appears to relate to old ("veteris") library of Giessen, Germany. Also with an Ex Libris of Hermann Rauchfuss, dated "1895" in the township of Schloss; Rauchfuss appears to have written a history of Thuringia (Alte Geschichten und neue Sagen aus Thuringen). Ticket on rear pastedown of Berlin bookseller and publisher Max Harrwitz, while in his Potsdamer location (pre-1908); Harrwitz is memorialized with a "stumbling block" in Berlin, as one of those who were "murdered, deported, expelled or driven to suicide under National Socialism" since he lost his home in the 1930s and perished in a German camp in 1942.

Physical Attributes -

Measures approx. 16.5 x 10 x 4 cm. Vellum binding, Yapp edges. Title in old-hand on spine. Faint hints of color along text-block edges. Printer's mark on two title pages and colophon. Some geometric illustrations in first section (through p.28). Greek and Latin texts.

Pages - viii, 50, (1), 75, (3), viii, 93, (2), 98, (3)

Collation - )(8, G8, A8, K4, n8, n8

Condition -

See pictures. Vellum "Yapp" binding with wear to the edges, joints, etc.; a little waviness (not bad), , ticket remnant (2 cm) on front, and small spots here and there. One worm hole in rear. 1 tie frayed at joint. Dust at top-edge. Hints of colored edges. Tickets, Ex Libris plates, and shelfmarks on pastedowns ("Giessenae veteris", "Hermann Rauchfuss", "Max Harrwitz"). Front hinge cracked but text-block holding in well. No top endband.

Writing at bottom of free front endpaper. Library stamps on title page. Moisture mark at bottom right corner of title page; light through front leaves (circa 25), marginal only. Some toning, occasional thumb, fox spot, etc. throughout. A few marginal notes on 1st three leaves. Tiny ember hole p12. Occasional lighter pages, perhaps washed. Omnes with ink marks on title page. g/h gatherings of Omnes dog-eared at bottom corner. Traces of moisture mark at rear too. Ink mark p36 Liber X. Moisture mark around margins at last leaves.

I nitpicked, but a nice book that collates well.

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