Two fine engraved frontis. ports. & 45 folding engraved plates. Four vols. Large thick 4to, orig. blueish grey boards (extremities a little worn), uncut, orig. printed labels on spines (flaked). Paris: H. Agasse, 1799-1802.
Second edition, improved and greatly enlarged, of the first classical history of mathematics which is today still indispensable as it contains much information not found elsewhere. This history, which was first published in 1758, is considered to be the author’s masterpiece. Not only does Montucla provide a comprehensive history of the development of mathematical ideas, but he also includes mechanics, physics, probability, astronomy, music, mathematical geography, and navigation.
Montucla (1725-99), died before the last two volumes of the second edition were written. Lalande, his friend from childhood, assisted by others, completed the final two volumes.
A very good set in remarkable original condition.
❧ Smith, History of Mathematics, I, p. 540–“The first modern history of mathematics that may be called a classic.”.
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