RARE EARLY EDITIONS OF BOTH PARTS
SEMINAL ARITHMETIC SCHOOLBOOK
BARTJENS, Willem. Vernieude cijfferinge. 't eerste deel. Waer uyt men meest alle de grondregulen van de reeckenkonst leeren kan. Tweede deel, handelende van verscheyde regulen der reken-konst, alle koop-lieden noodich te weten.
Zwolle, Geraerd Bartjens, 1653-1637. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With engraved title-page with medallion portrait of the author and another engraved author's portrait (by Savery after Du Bordieu) with a four-line verse by Joost van den Vondel below. Contemporary vellum.
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Both parts of the famous school-book on arithmetic by Willem Bartjens (ca. 1569-1647), with the first part in a very rare 1657 edition and the second part in a rare 1637 reissue of the first edition published in 1636. No other arithmetic book was more influential at Dutch schools for over two centuries and "according to Bartjens" became a proverbial saying in the Netherlands. It is not only a corner-stone for every school-book and arithmetic collection, but also of importance for the history of book-keeping and for the topography of Zwolle and its surroundings.
Some occasional spots, a few minor wormholes and some dampstains. Binding soiled, with old owner's name burnt in front, and inner hinges cracked (book block nearly detached). Reasonable copy.