COMPENDIUM GEOMETRIÆ PRACTICÆ, by [SURVEYING.] MEYER, Jakob.

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COMPENDIUM GEOMETRIÆ PRACTICÆ, sive, Planimetria, kurtzer bericht, Vom Feldmessen und Feld-theilen. Basel. In verlag Joh. Phil. Richters sel. Erben.

1712. Oblong 16mo, (80 x 100mm) pp. [ii] engraved title-page, [xvi], 250, [2] errata and blank; with one folding throw out wood-engraved plate (a little foxed and creased), with a number of small wood-engraved diagrams and tables within the text; engraved title-page a little browned with slight staining at gutter, lightly browned throughout with some light dampstaining affecting lower corner between pp. 56-154; in contemporary vellum, faint numbering in ms at tail of spine, small nick to upper rear joint, covers a little sprung, and somewhat soiled and lightly dampstained, with contemporary ownership signature in ink dated May 1740 on front free endpaper, and in red crayon on rear endpaper; an appealing copy. Uncommon third edition (first 1663) of this appealing pocket sized elementary textbook on practical geometry and field measurements, and the work of the noted mathematician, surveyor, and cartographer, Jakob Meyer (1614-1676). As head of urban construction in Basel, he mapped the topography of much of the canton. ‘This is a pocket-sized work explaining the rudiments of geometry as applied to surveying. The work is quite practical, with very irregular fields being used as example problems. The work begins with elementary instruction as to the size of a man’s pace, surveyor’s chain, etc’ (Tomash & Williams, M 96). ‘It is written by practitioners for practitioners without any claim to new results’ (HAB, Maß, Zahl Und Gewicht, 6.12).
This was one of a series of small portable hand-books on arithmetic and geometry published over a number of years by Jakob, and then later by his son Georg Friedrich Meyer (1645-1693), and including ‘Compendium Arithmeticae Germanicae’ (1651); ‘Arithmetica Decimalis’ (1669); ‘Arithmetica Practica’ (1665); ‘Geometria Theoretica’ (1657); ‘Stereometria’ (1675); and ‘Doctrina Triangulorum’ (1678).

Bibliography: Tomash and Williams, M96; Honeyman 2224 (1663); Hoock & Jeannin, Ars mercatoria: Handbücher und Traktate für den gebrauch des kaufmanns, 1470-1820 II/M22.4 (1663); VD17 23:289824P (1663); see the Herzog August Bibliothek catalogue Maß, Zahl Und Gewicht: Mathematik Als Schluessel Zum Verstaendnis Und Zur Beherrschung Der Welt 6.12, p. 140 (first edition); OCLC locates copies of this third edition at Iowa State, Amsterdam, Munich and Basel, with copies of the first edition at Michigan, Brown, UCL, and various German Institutions, with the 1684 edition at the BL and UCL.

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