Leipzig: Gerhard Fleischer, 1801.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #002895
8vo (202 x 121 mm). xviii, 668,  pp., including 3 leaves of tables and 2 leaves of errata at end, leaves B7, G4, K3, Ff7, and Tt6 are cancels. 19th-century green half morocco, spine with gilt lettering and some gilt decoration (extremities rubbed), marbled edges and endpapers. Few gatherings still unopened, title with tiny repair to top corner, little browning and some uneven scattered foxing to text as usual, some errors corrected in text in contemporary hand. Provenance: Iain Crompton (signature and bibliographical note on second free endpaper); Michael Sharpe (bookplate to front pastedown); Galloway & Porter, Cambridge (sticker to front pastedown). A very good and wide-margined copy. ----
PMM 257; Dibner Heralds of Science 114; Grolier/Horblit 38; Norman 878; DSB IV, p.299f. FIRST EDITION of the work which revolutionised number theory, and established the twenty-four year old Gauss as a mathematical genius. The son of a bricklayer, he had actually discovered the theory of quadratic reciprocity, which both Euler and Legendre had failed to prove, at no more than 18 years of age. He also described the discovery of a method of inscribing in a circle a regular polygon of seventeen sides - the first discovery of this kind in Euclidean geometry for over two thousand years. The new mathematics so confused the typesetters that, in addition to the lengthy 4-page errata, the worst mistakes in the book were corrected by cancel leaves. In our copy leaves B7, G4, K3, Ff7, and Tt6 are cancels; none are bound in in their uncancelled form (see Norman 878). - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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