Manuscript Mathematics 1787 with direct descent family provenance.

Manuscript Mathematics 1787 with direct descent family provenance.
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WILSON, Joseph. Manuscript Mathematics in two volumes, 1787. Vol.1, bound in quarter leather with marbled boards and leather spine. Pp176.Written in a tidy copperplate hand in ink, adorned with penwork flourishes and titling, and well illustrated with coloured drawings and charts. Approx 34 cm x 20.5 cm . Vol.2  No binding, the first leaf largely missing, repaired. Pp 104. Again, written in a tidy copperplate hand with adorned titles and numerous coloured diagrams, plans , drawings of solid shapes etc. Approx 32 cm x 20 cm. The two volumes now contained in a custom made quarter calf box, marbled boards, and titled to the spine.

The manuscripts include a variety of charts, drawings, maps, and plans . There are two estate plans , one of which giving authorship to the volumes; “Plan’d, cast up, &c by Joseph Wilson , Anno 1787”

 [“The Estate of Mr John Johnson” , and “ A Plan of the Estate of John Jackson Esq”] with the scale given as two chains to an inch, drawings of the house and estate situated near Richmond (Yorkshire UK). The works are subdivided into sections; Elements of Geometry useful in Plain Trigonometry, Trigonometry ( with naïve drawings of towers, ships under sail, (“ to take a plan of a fleet of ships”) towers, maypoles (featuring birds on the top, one of which being shot at ), Spherical Geometry illustrated with diagrams, Practical Geometry featuring diagrams including a Compass rose, Mensuration with many coloured drawings, and Mensuration of Solids again with many charts and diagrams and measuring of timber with a slide rule. The two books are an evocation of c18th mathematics illustrated in a wonderfully naïve style , and come with good provenance. We purchased the books through the trade. The previous dealer purchased the volumes from the estate of  a deceased private collector, “ by direct descent from the family of Joseph Wilson,  members of whose family have always been cabinet makers and artisans in the north- western Yorkshire Dales.” The previous dealer mentions the suggestion that John Dawson , a mathematics teacher of Garsdale “ who coached 12 senior wranglers at Cambridge and corresponded with all the leading scientists of the day” might have been involved in teaching Joseph Wilson, as Dawson is known to have taught a Rev.Thomas Wilson, possibly a relation to Joseph.

£3,500.00


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