COWLEY, John Lodge. An Illustration and Mensuration of solid Geometry in seven Books: containing forty-two moveable Copper-plate Schemes for forming the various Kinds of Solids and their Sections... 32 pp. Illustrated with 42 full-page geometric engravings printed on heavy paper which cut-out to demonstrate solid forms London: printed by S. Cosnell for the Editor, 1787. BOUND WITH:
A Catalogue of Optical, Mathematical, and Philosphical Instruments, Made and Sold By W. and S. Jones, [No. 30,]. 14, 2 pp. 4to., 265 x 200 mm, bound in English full contemporary calf, professionally rebacked. London: printed by W. glendinning, 1804.
Ad 1. Third Edition, revised, corrected and augmented by William Jones. One of the three incredibly rare books written by Cowley, and illustrated with elaborate pop-up plates. This one was originally published in 1758 entitled An Appendix to Euclid's elements. In seven Books., with a second edition being published in 1785. However, Cowley's mathematical textbooks were extremely popular in their day, widely disseminated and well used, and are rarely found intact and virtually no copies would seem to have survived.
OCLC lists only the copy in the British Architectural Library, and no copies of the other editions.
Ad 2. A detailed catalogue of scientific instruments made by William Jones, who was responsible for the revisions, corrections and augmentations of the previous work. Includes many types of spectacles, telescopes, microscopes, protractors, compasses, barometers etc., all with prices.
PROVENANCE: Thomas Kershaw with his armorial bookplate on the front past-down. Thomas Vroom with his bookplate on the front paste-down.
Item nr. 168577