Arithmetic in epitome: or, a compendium of all the rules, both Vulgar and Decimal. Wherein Clear and Plain demonstrations are deduced from the Principles of Arithmetic itself; without either Reference to Euclid, or Use of Algebra… The Seventh Edition, carefully corrected, with additions, by Ellis Webster, Writing Master and Accomptant.

  • Webster, William
  • London: Printed for D. Browne 1746


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12mo, pp. [xii], 226, [2] + 7 engraved tables by Bickham after Webster. Title-page printed in red and black. Contemporary calf, spine divided by raised bands between gilt rules, red morocco label, other compartments with small central lozenge tools. Light browning and spotting, two gatherings slightly proud but firmly held. Extremities a bit rubbed, head of spine chipped, residue of sealing wax to front board, a few other marks, spine label chipped and rubbed. Armorial bookplate of James Hunter of Thurston to front pastedown.


First published 1715, and scarce in all editions. This seventh is the first to be revised by Ellis Webster, following his father William's death sometime in 1744. We have been able to trace four other copies of this edition: BL and Yale's Lewis Walpole Library (the only two in ESTC), plus one in the University of Nottingham and one in Oxford. The British Library copy, apparently uniquely, has an engraved advertisement for for Ellis Webster's services bound before the title-page - hence its mention in the ESTC entry - but this advertisement is not present in the Oxford copy and not mentioned in the descriptions of the Yale or or Nottingham copies, nor is it present here.

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