New York. 1804. 278,pp. plus fourteen folding plates. Contemporary tree-calf, gilt morocco label. Contemporary ink signature on endpapers. Slight chipping to spine label and front board, joints worn and tender. Light, even tanning, Plate V and one signature loosely laid in, minor offsetting from plates. A good copy. Item #WRCAM39310
The first American edition of noted 18th-century British mathematician, Robert Simon's ELEMENTS... and, according to Karpinski, the first American work on conic sections. "In 1735 Simson published 'Sectonium Conicarum Libri V'...which he partly intended as an introduction to the treatise by Apollonius of Perga on the subject. Simson had an aversion to the algebraical treatment of 'conics' that was prevalent, and in his own work returned to the 'purer model of antiquity,' deducing the properties of the various curves without the aid of sumbols" - DNB. OCLC records a printing in Glasgow of 1775, translated by A. Marshall and notes two subsequent 1804 American editions. KARPINSKI, MATHEMATICAL WORKS PRINTED IN AMERICA THROUGH 1850, p.156. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 7270. OCLC 11832972, 2320540. DNB, pp.287-88.