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17th Century Copy of Elements

  1. Jan 24, 2006 #1
    17th Century Copy of "Elements"

    I found an actual 16th century (or so the seller claims, but it matches up with what I've read about, i.e., only 6 books translated, plus 11-12. etc.) copy of a translation of Euclid's "Elements". I'm very tempted to buy it, but I wanna know if it's rare. This is as a collection item only, as I realise that mathematically it really makes no difference whether I have this copy of Dover's recent edition (which I do).

    *EDIT* Typo, 16th century.
     
    Last edited: Jan 24, 2006
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  3. Jan 24, 2006 #2

    JasonRox

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    Depends how much you are paying.

    May I ask how much?
     
  4. Jan 24, 2006 #3
    rare? HA! I've got 6 copies myself.
    I'm sorry I lied to make myself look impressive. I don't have 6 copies only 4.
    Okay I don't have any copies. I've never had any copies and the oldest book I've ever owned was a used paperback from 1967.
     
  5. Jan 24, 2006 #4
    50$ Canadian.
     
  6. Jan 24, 2006 #5
    Dont buy it...a book from the 1500's for 50 bucks? Smells very wrong.
     
  7. Jan 24, 2006 #6
    Actually it's from the 1700's. It does smell wrong, in many ways.
     
  8. Jan 24, 2006 #7

    JasonRox

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    That's pretty cheap.

    Sounds like a reprint.
     
  9. Jan 24, 2006 #8

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    The 1825 printed editions are selling for $250-$300.

    What information do you have from this book?
     
  10. Jan 24, 2006 #9
    a 16th century book from the 1700s, that is extremely rare.
     
  11. Jan 24, 2006 #10
    All 16th century books came to us from the 1700s.
     
  12. Jan 24, 2006 #11

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    They did? What about the ones from the 1500's? :wink:
     
  13. Jan 24, 2006 #12
    They sat idly in the 1700's for over almost a hundred years.
     
  14. Jan 24, 2006 #13
    all 16th century century books came through the 1700s but they were 200 years old when they were there.
     
  15. Jan 24, 2006 #14

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    A real rarity would be a book from the Library of Alexandria.

    I wouldn't want to be the student who forget to return it! :surprised
     
  16. Jan 24, 2006 #15
    truthfully though. If this sounds like a steal it can only be one of three things a treasure, a fraud or a stolen book. two out of three choices are bad for you. If you knew anything about old books you might be able to make an intelligent choice but you don't.
    All that being said $50 bucks is two hours worth of work, I screwed around longer than that today. Wait, $50 Canadian, make that one hours work. Go for it.
     
  17. Jan 25, 2006 #16
    Wait a minute, if it's from the 1700's, then it's actually from the 18th century... or the other way around.

    God damn it, I hate history and the calendar.
     
  18. Jan 25, 2006 #17
    Welcome to the 19th century
     
  19. Jan 27, 2006 #18
    I'm gonna celebrate like it's 999.
     
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