# MATHEMATICAL RECREATIONS 1653

OUGHTRED, WILLIAM, [FRANCIS MALTHUS] & JEAN LEURECHON

MATHEMATICAL RECREATIONS

William Leake [1653]

Hard back later 19th century half roan. Yellow end papers. Lacks title page/frontis. 1st page "epistle to the reader" (page a) 2pp table. Contents pp.24. Text 1-[287] plus The description and use of the double horizontal dyall, pub William Leake 1652 15pp text. Ink signature to both end papers. Some pages cropped but all text present, some text soiling . Good . Oughtred (1574-1660) was a prominent mathematician who invented the slide rule and the "x" symbol. This work must rank as one of the earliest books on recreational mathematics , it is a translation of a 1630's French work by Jean Leurechon. It was thought Oughtred translated it but it was probably Francis Malthus. A wealth of mathematical posers and an interesting section on fireworks. Rare title I have only discovered two copies in auction records in the last 25 years