Legendre, A.M.


With Notes. Translated from the French of ... Edited by David Brewster. With Notes and Additions, and an Introductory Chapter on Proportion. Edinburgh, Published by Oliver & Boyd ... 1824.
1st English Ed. xvi + 367pp. + [i] Errata + [iv] publ. adverts [only, lacking 2 advert. leaves]. Numerous diagrams. Some foxing, t.p. browned, early boards, rebacked with much of original spine laid down, paper title label to spine, minor wear and marking. Translated by Thomas Carlyle who contributed the notes and additions, and the introductory chapter on proportion. Apparently recommended to undertake the work by Brewster, receiving £50 payment of his work. ‘... Publication by David Brewster of Legendre's Géométrie, translated by Thomas Carlyle, provoked a scholarly dispute among various protagonists, including Leslie, Adrien-Marie Legendre, James Ivory, and an anonymous “S”. This concerned the logical foundations of analysis and geometry and nicely illustrates prevailing attitudes and rivalries ...’ Science
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