A New Compleat and Universal System or Body of Decimal Arithmetick.

  • Martin, Benjamin
  • London: Printed for J. Noon 1735


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FIRST EDITION, 8vo, pp. [xii], 403, [1]. Contemporary sprinkled calf, boards bordered in gilt and blind. Frequent woodcut diagrams within the text. A little light spotting, dampmark to a few leaves at beginning. Rebacked, black label to spine, old leather chipped and a touch worn at edges. Ownership inscription of T. Worsley dated 1768 to flyleaf, with note ‘Marsh in his Treatise upon Demicals contents this book in his Preface’.


A comprehensive volume: the title-page continues with around 250 words listing the full contents of the five parts (possibly in more words than fill the actual table of contents, here bound after the preface). One of the first publications of Benjamin Martin (1705-1782), better remembered as a maker of scientific instruments. Early in his career he published a number of volumes on basic mathematical and scientific subjects, with this volume on Arithmetick being followed by ones on Trigonometry, Geometry, Logarithms, and Optics - this last becoming his main field of interest outside of his writing, which continued at a considerable pace. ESTC lists copies in four locations in the UK (BL, Cambridge, NLS, Oxford) and a further seven in the USA.

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