Cursus Mathematicus, Sive Absoluta Omnium Mathematicarum Disciplinarum Encyclopaedia, In Libros XXVIII. digesta, eoque ordine disposita, ut quivis, vel mediocri praeditus ingenio, totam Mathesin a paucis tentatum, a nullo numeris omnibus absolutum. Accesserunt in fine Theoreses Mechanicase Novae.
by SCHOTT, Gaspar (1608-1666).
Wurtzberg:: Jacob Hertz for Heirs of Johann Godefried Schonweter, 1661., 1661. Folio in 6s. COLLATION: )(6, )()(6, A-3H6, 3I4, a-d6, e4. PAGINATION: , 660,  pp. Elaborate engraved half-title with the portrait of Emperor Leopold I, engraved by Andreas Frolich, 42 engraved plates (2 folding); browning (as usual). Contemporary blind-tooled pigskin over boards, brass clasps, early paper ms. spine labels; light rubbing. Small stamp on title, ms. inscription dated 1671. Very good. FIRST EDITION. Schott's survey of mathematics includes chapters on arithmetic, geometry, trigonometry, algebra, logarithms; chapters on astrology and astronomy, chronology, geography, hydrography, horology, mechanics, hydrostatics and hydraulics, optics and dioptics, military architecture and tactics, and musical harmonics. The last chapters focus on speculative theories and the "new mechanics" including a discussion of perpetual motion. There are prefatory letters form Athanasius Kircher and Balthasar Conrad as well as a poem by Adam Adamandus Kochannski. Schott was a German Jesuit and scientist. While he wrote profusely throughout most of his life, he did not begin publishing his writing until his fifties. He published 11 books in the last 8 years of his life (1658-1666), "Exhausted, it is said, by overwork on his books, he died in 1666." DSB XII, p. 211. REFERENCES: Dunnhaupt V, 6.1; Bibl. Dt. Museum 249; Poggendorf II, 838; Roller II, 412; Honeyman 2811; Houzeau & Lancaster 9324; De Backer/Sommervogel VII, 907:6. BL 17th German S1237.
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