Varia opera mathematica

Lot Number 104
Author FERMAT (PIERRE DE)
Title Varia opera mathematica
Year Published 1679
Place Printed Toulouse, J. Pech,
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Description Varia opera mathematica, first edition, issue with woodcut ornament on title, and engraved headpieces on A2 and E2 as specified in the Norman catalogue (although their ordering of these variants is doubtful), 5 engraved plates and numerous woodcuts, with the 2 leaves of verse at the end (often missing) but without the portrait sometimes found (not present in the Norman copy), minor foxing and browning, from the library of the mathematician Francois Arago (1786-1853), with his signature on title and a note signed "H.S." that it was from his library, 2-line note on p.190 in French possibly in Arago's hand, late eighteenth century half red leather, gilt, slightly worn [Dibner 108; Norman 778; Grolier, Science, 30), folio, Toulouse, J. Pech, 1679
Comments "The father of the modern theory of numbers and herald of differential calculus" (Grolier). See illustrations on pages 63 and 64.
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Estimated Price GBP 14,000.00 - 18,000.00
( USD 23,520.00 - 30,240.00 )
Actual Price GBP 49,250.00 ( USD 78,307.50 )

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Auction House Bonhams
Website http://www.bonhams.com
Auction Name Fine Books, Maps and Manuscripts
Sale Number #20135
Auction Date March 27, 2012 - March 27, 2012
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