An Arithmetical Warlike Treatise Named Stratioticos: Compendiously Teaching the Science of Nombers ... as ... Requisite for the Profession of a Soldiour

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by Leonard Digges

Arithmetical Warlike Treatise Named Stratioticos
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Title not held by The Wolf Law Library
at the College of William & Mary.
Author Leonard Digges
Published London: Imprinted by Richard Field
Date 1590
Volumes volume set

This volume is an accounting of the various types of mathematical proofs which could be useful to a soldier in the field. [1] It contained a Pythagorean explanation of the interactions of the celestial bodies. The book also contained instruction in fractions, algebra and the science of numbers, as basic arithmetic was called. Interestingly the book also contained a breakdown of several military campaigns and a hypothetical plan for the repulsion of any force which might try to invade England. [2]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as "Digges’s Stratioticos. 8vo." This was one of the titles kept by Thomas Jefferson and later sold to the Library of Congress in 1815. Both George Wythe's Library[3] on LibraryThing and the Brown Bibliography[4] list the 1590 edition published in London. This is also the edition Millicent Sowerby's included in Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson,[5] but, Jefferson's copy no longer exists. As yet, the Wolf Lab Library has been unable to obtain a copy of Arithmetical Warlike Treatise Named Stratioticos.

See also


  1. A Philosophical and Mathematical Dictionary Containing... Memoirs of the Lives and Writings of the Most Eminent Authors (Google Books) [1]
  2. Ibid.
  3. LibraryThing, s.v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on February 2, 2015.
  4. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at:
  5. E. Millicent Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, (Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress, 1952-1959), 1:518 [no.1145].