Item #003859 La geometrie de René Descartes. Rene DESCARTES.
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes
La geometrie de René Descartes

La geometrie de René Descartes.

Paris: chez Charles Angot, 1664.

1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #003859

4to (227 x 164 mm), [2], 3-119, [9] pp., title page with large woodcut device, woodcut diagrams in text, leaf of privilege bound at end. Contemporary French calf, spine with 5 raised bands, compartments with gilt tooling and lettering piece, red sprinkled edges, neatly gilt tooled board edges (old repairs to spine ends, joints and corners; minor edgechipping of lettering piece, boards soiled). Engraved author's portrait added from another work and laid down on front pastedown). Title and text with little even browning and minor pale brown spotting. Provenance: handwritten acquisition notes dated 1756, 1767 and 1880; Stephanus Baudon (cancelled ownership inscription on first flyleaf). ----

RARE FIRST SEPARATE FRENCH EDITION of this work marking the invention of analytical geometry, which first appeared as part of the appendix of the Discours de la methode (Leiden, 1637). This groundbreaking text brought geometry to a wider audience beyond the narrow confines of the university, as Descartes developed a codification of mathematical symbols that quickly gained acceptance. "His application of modern algebraic arithmetic to ancient geometry created the analytical geometry which is the basis of the post-Euclidean development of that science" (PMM). Bibliography: Tchémerzine II, 796; PMM 129 (note). - Visit our website to see more images!

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