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WHITING, Thomas, Master of Keppel House Seminary, Fulham Road, near Brompton.
Mathematical, Geometrical, and Philosophical Delights:

Containing Essays, Problems, Solutions, Theorems, &c. Selected from an Extensive Correspondence.

pp. iv, (5)-228. 13 folding plates, [pages 113-120 on folding leaves]. TITLE and 3pp. each, for 11 part issues, all numbered; part 5 has an extra, un-numbered, leaf inserted, printed recto only; part 11 not printed on pp. 2 and 3. BOUND WITH - [LAWSON, John B.D., Sidney Sussex College]. An Arithmetical Problem. pp.7, (i) blank. BOUND WITH - WHITING, Thomas. Poetical Delights, containing Enigmas, Charades, Rebuses, etc. with their Answers. London. 1797. pp. (5)-36. LACKING pp. (iv). Later half calf, rebacked with new spine, a very nice copy.

*SOTHERAN Bibliotheca Chemico-Mathematica I #5394 - 'RARE'. This is a part-work, the titles and associated text pages, bound at the end, being issued with each part over six years. The general title and Preface were issued at the end of production in 1798. ESTC records a separate title with the plates, dated 1797; this is not present. Whiting was also editor of another part-work, THE SCIENTIFIC RECEPTACLE. In 'Remarks to Correspondents' in part 11, he notes that No.16 of the Receptacle has been postponed, and as the Delights are discontinued, '....the two publications will be continued in one.' The Sotheran entry also records 'Poetical Delights, containing Enigmas, Charades, Rebuses, etc. with their Answers.' - this is generally found together with the Mathematical Delights. See also - BRITISH LIBRARY GENERAL CATALOGUE, 5 Year Supplement 1971-1975, v.13, for both Mathematical and Poetical Delights. Also - NATIONAL UNION CATALOGUE has 5 locations. [LAWSON, John. B.D. (1723-1779)] - see SOTHERAN I #2503 for his 'Dissertation on the Geometrical Analysis of the Antients.... 1774'. The authorship of his work is revealed in HALKETT AND LAING Dictionary of Anonymous and Pseudonymous Literature...., where a speculative place and date are given, viz. Cambridge, 1770? NO COPY in the British Library Catalogue nor ESTC; NUC has 2 locations - University of Michigan and Yale. See DNB - this title is not mentioned amongst those listed. Two plates are signed on the verso - 'Mr. Leybourn' - presumably one of the publishers as listed on the general title-page, although his name only appears on the part issues nos. 5 and 6. There are numerous ink annotations, possibly in his hand.

Printed for Messrs. Whiting, Davis, Gale, Leybourn, and Kemmish; And sold by T. N. Longman, Paternoster-Row.

Date Published: 1792-1798. 11 parts in 1 volume. Small folio.

Stock No. 55561

Price: 875.00