First leaf with an attractive three-sided woodcut border, very numerous woodcut diagrams in the margins, & woodcut initials throughout. First leaf with two lines printed in red. Roman types. 51 lines. 136 leaves (without the first & last leaves which are blank). Folio (315 x 212 mm.), fine morocco by Lortic, triple gilt fillet round sides with the arms of the Prince d'Essling in gilt in center of each cover, spine gilt in six compartments with "VM" in five of the compartments, a.e.g. Vicenza: L. Achates de Basilea & G. de Papia, 20 June (?) 1491. A fine copy of the second edition which is much rarer than the first edition of 1482; this copy, which is finely bound by Lortic, comes from the famous library of the Prince d'Essling, one of the greatest collectors in 19th-century France. The Vicenza edition is a page-for-page reprint of Ratdolt's, omitting the dedication to the doge of Venice. The border to the first page is of an entirely different nature from Ratdolt's. Instead of floral interlacements there are semi-grotesque animals, birds, and cupids. This text "has served, for almost 2,000 years, as the standard text of the core of basic mathematics...it has exercised an influence upon the human mind greater than that of any other work except the Bible."-D.S.B., IV, p. 437. A very good copy, lightly washed, with a distinguished provenance. The title-page has a short tear (50 mm.) carefully repaired, not touching the text. ❧ Goff E-114. Klebs 383.2. Thomas-Stanford 2. For the first edition, see Dibner, Heralds of Science, 100, Horblit 27, and Printing of the Mind of Man 25. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5106)
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