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EUCLID.. Euclidis megarensis philosophi acutissimi mathematicorumq[ue] omnium sine controuersia principis op[er]a a Campano interprete fidissimo tralata... Lucas Paciolus theologus insignis. altissima mathematica[rum] disciplinarum scientia rarissimus iudicio castigatissimo detersit. emendauit....1509

[Venice]: A. Paganius Paganinus imprimebat, Folio, ff. 145, lacking final blank, very high quality FACSIMILE TITLE PAGE printed in red and black, wide-margin copy, woodcut diagrams throughout, some annotations in an early hand, some occasional browning and slight damp-staining, nicely bound in later full vellum, overall a very nice copy. Thomas-Stanford in his Early Editions of Euclid's Elements, 1926, describes this 1509 Venice edition as "a very notable edition of the fifteen books of the Elements from the press of Paganinus de Paganinis (called A. Paganius Paganinus on the title-page). From the typograpical point of view it is a very remarkable and attractive book. The title, in red and black, is admirably spaced. The text, which is not overloaded with commentary, fills only half the width of the page, the ample margin being occupied by the diagrams which are on an unusually large scale. The enunciations are printed in gothic, the demonstrations in a diminutive but clear roman (or simi-roman) type... In the Venetian Euclids of 1482, 1505, and 1509 the art of the book-production reached the meridian. Subsequent editions, produced elsewhere, of varying typographical quality, seem to be more distinctly commercial in character and to be destined for customers to whom utility and perhaps cheapness were main considerations." Provenance: From the library of Alexander Craik, Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of St Andrews. Thomas-Stanford, p. 6 (item 4).

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