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}}Euclid was a Greek mathematician who is often referred to as the “Father of Geometry”. His specific date of birth and death are unknown, but many historians estimate that he lived sometime around 300 BCE.<ref>''Encyclopædia Britannica Online'', s. v. [http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/194880/Euclid "Euclid"], accessed October 03, 2013.</ref> Despite the uncertainty surrounding his biographical details, his presence in history resonates deeply due to his works in the field of mathematics, especially in geometry.
  
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''Elements'', Euclid’s most well-known and influential work, presents definitions, postulates, and mathematical proofs on a wide range of mathematical concepts.<ref>Ibid.</ref> Many of these concepts were based on prior mathematical findings and therefore were not entirely "new." But Euclid’s presentation of these concepts in a single, logically coherent framework created a system that served as a pillar of mathematics for two thousand years.<ref>Dirk Jan Struik, "Ancient Greek Mathematics," in ''A Concise History of Mathematics'', 4th rev. ed. (New York (N.Y.): Dover, 1987), 51.</ref> ''Elements'' enjoyed enormous critical acclaim and was considered to be highly relevant until the early twentieth century.<ref>Charles Lutwidge, and Amit HagarDodgson, "Introduction," in ''Euclid and his Modern Rivals'' (Mineola, N.Y: Dover Publications, 2004),  xxviii.</ref> Euclid's ''Elements'' has been referred to as the most successful and influential textbook ever written.<ref>Carl B. Boyer, and Uta C. Merzbach, "Euclid of Alexandria," in ''A History of Mathematics'', 2nd ed. (New York: Wiley, 1991), 119.</ref> ''Elements'' was one of the earliest mathematical works to be printed after the invention of the printing press, and may be second only to the Bible in the number of editions published, with the number reaching well over one thousand.<ref>Lucas N. H. Bunt, Phillip S. Jones, and Jack D. Bedient, "Greek Influence," in ''The Historical Roots of Elementary Mathematics'' (New York: Dover Publications, 1988), 142.</ref>
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'''Title:''' Euclidis Elementorum Libri Priores Sex, Item Undecimus et Duodecimus, ex Versione Latina Federici Commandini; Sublatis iis Quibus Olim Libri hi a Theone, Aliisve, Vitiati Sunt, et Quibusdam Euclidis Demonstrationibus Restitutis
 
 
 
'''Publication Info:''' Glasguae: in Aedibus Academicis, Excudebant R. et A. Foulis, 1756.  
 
 
 
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==Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library==
 
==Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library==
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Listed in the [[Jefferson Inventory]] of [[Wythe's Library]] as "Euclid by Simpson. 4to." This was one of the titles kept by [[Thomas Jefferson]] and later sold to the Library of Congress in 1815. Based on Millicent Sowerby's entry in ''Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson'',<ref>E. Millicent Sowerby, ''Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson'' (Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress, 1952-1959), 4:20 [http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015033648125;view=1up;seq=34 [no.3702]].</ref> both [http://www.librarything.com/profile/GeorgeWythe George Wythe's Library]<ref>''LibraryThing'', s. v. [http://www.librarything.com/profile/GeorgeWythe "Member: George Wythe]," accessed on November 11, 2013.</ref> on LibraryThing and the [https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433 Brown Bibliography]<ref> Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433</ref> list the 1756 English edition published by Foulis and translated by Robert Simson. Jefferson's copy no longer exists to conclusively verify the edition. It is possible that Wythe instead owned Simson's Latin translation, also published by Foulis in 1756. As a noted Greek and Latin scholar, Wythe often collected Greek classics in the original language as well as in multiple translations. He owned a second version of Euclid which Jefferson listed in his inventory ''Euclid. Eng. 8vo.''; was Jefferson making a language distinction between that version of Euclid and the "Euclid by Simpson"? Since we cannot definitively say which of the Simson editions Wythe owned, the Wolf Law Library chose to purchase both versions to illustrate the frequent problems in precise edition identification.
  
 
==Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy==
 
==Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy==
 
Re-backed in modern calf. Purchased from Finecopy Ltd.
 
Re-backed in modern calf. Purchased from Finecopy Ltd.
  
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Images of the library's copy of this book are [https://www.flickr.com/photos/wolflawlibrary/sets/72157637698558146 available on Flickr.] View the record for this book in [https://catalog.libraries.wm.edu:443/01COWM_WM:01COWM_WM_ALMA:01COWM_WM_ALMA21545458170003196 William & Mary's online catalog].
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==See also==
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*''[[Elements of Euclid (octavo)|The Elements of Euclid]]''
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*''[[Elements of Euclid|The Elements of Euclid: viz. the First Six Books, Together with the Eleventh and Twelfth]]''
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*[[George Wythe Room]]
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*[[Wythe's Library]]
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Latest revision as of 10:35, 11 June 2018

by Euclid

Euclidis Elementorum
EuclidEuclidisElementorum1756.jpg

Title page from Euclidis Elementorum, George Wythe Collection, Wolf Law Library, College of William & Mary.

Author Euclid
Editor {{{editor}}}
Translator Robert Simpson
Published Glasguae: in Aedibus Academicis, Excudebant R. et A. Foulis
Date 1756
Edition {{{edition}}}
Language Latin
Volumes {{{set}}} volume set
Pages 4, l., 411 pages, includes diagrams (woodcuts)
Desc. 4to (26 cm.)
Location Shelf L-4
  [[Shelf {{{shelf2}}}]]

Euclid was a Greek mathematician who is often referred to as the “Father of Geometry”. His specific date of birth and death are unknown, but many historians estimate that he lived sometime around 300 BCE.[1] Despite the uncertainty surrounding his biographical details, his presence in history resonates deeply due to his works in the field of mathematics, especially in geometry.

Elements, Euclid’s most well-known and influential work, presents definitions, postulates, and mathematical proofs on a wide range of mathematical concepts.[2] Many of these concepts were based on prior mathematical findings and therefore were not entirely "new." But Euclid’s presentation of these concepts in a single, logically coherent framework created a system that served as a pillar of mathematics for two thousand years.[3] Elements enjoyed enormous critical acclaim and was considered to be highly relevant until the early twentieth century.[4] Euclid's Elements has been referred to as the most successful and influential textbook ever written.[5] Elements was one of the earliest mathematical works to be printed after the invention of the printing press, and may be second only to the Bible in the number of editions published, with the number reaching well over one thousand.[6]

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Listed in the Jefferson Inventory of Wythe's Library as "Euclid by Simpson. 4to." This was one of the titles kept by Thomas Jefferson and later sold to the Library of Congress in 1815. Based on Millicent Sowerby's entry in Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson,[7] both George Wythe's Library[8] on LibraryThing and the Brown Bibliography[9] list the 1756 English edition published by Foulis and translated by Robert Simson. Jefferson's copy no longer exists to conclusively verify the edition. It is possible that Wythe instead owned Simson's Latin translation, also published by Foulis in 1756. As a noted Greek and Latin scholar, Wythe often collected Greek classics in the original language as well as in multiple translations. He owned a second version of Euclid which Jefferson listed in his inventory Euclid. Eng. 8vo.; was Jefferson making a language distinction between that version of Euclid and the "Euclid by Simpson"? Since we cannot definitively say which of the Simson editions Wythe owned, the Wolf Law Library chose to purchase both versions to illustrate the frequent problems in precise edition identification.

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Re-backed in modern calf. Purchased from Finecopy Ltd.

Images of the library's copy of this book are available on Flickr. View the record for this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

See also

References

  1. Encyclopædia Britannica Online, s. v. "Euclid", accessed October 03, 2013.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Dirk Jan Struik, "Ancient Greek Mathematics," in A Concise History of Mathematics, 4th rev. ed. (New York (N.Y.): Dover, 1987), 51.
  4. Charles Lutwidge, and Amit HagarDodgson, "Introduction," in Euclid and his Modern Rivals (Mineola, N.Y: Dover Publications, 2004), xxviii.
  5. Carl B. Boyer, and Uta C. Merzbach, "Euclid of Alexandria," in A History of Mathematics, 2nd ed. (New York: Wiley, 1991), 119.
  6. Lucas N. H. Bunt, Phillip S. Jones, and Jack D. Bedient, "Greek Influence," in The Historical Roots of Elementary Mathematics (New York: Dover Publications, 1988), 142.
  7. E. Millicent Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson (Washington, D.C.: The Library of Congress, 1952-1959), 4:20 [no.3702].
  8. LibraryThing, s. v. "Member: George Wythe," accessed on November 11, 2013.
  9. Bennie Brown, "The Library of George Wythe of Williamsburg and Richmond," (unpublished manuscript, May, 2012) Microsoft Word file. Earlier edition available at: https://digitalarchive.wm.edu/handle/10288/13433

External Links

View the record for this book in Google Books.