"NO WORK CAN COMPARE TO EUCLID'S ELEMENTS IN SCIENTIFIC IMPORTANCE": LIMITED EDITION OF EUCLID'S ELEMENTS, 1944, ONE OF ONLY 500 COPIES DESIGNED AND SIGNED BY BRUCE ROGERS
(VALERY, Paul) EUCLID. Euclid. Elements of Geometry. Book One. New York: Random House, 1944. Octavo, original silver-stamped blue cloth, uncut, original slipcase. $2200.
Limited edition of Euclid's Elements, one of only 500 copies signed by legendary designer Bruce Rogers, with an Introduction from an essay by Paul Valéry praising this timeless work as "masterpiece," featuring a title page image from a wood-cut by Gordon Craig.
"No work can compare to Euclid's Elements in scientific importance, and its first appearance in English was an event of great significance" (Rosenbach 19: 225). As Paul Valéry observes in his Introduction to this elegant limited edition, it was Greece that "invented geometry… an extraordinarily delicate and improbable achievement," and Euclid's Elements is its "masterpiece… the monument of Greek geometry." Euclid's timeless achievement is "still in common use today. Its author was a Greek mathematician living about 300 B.C. who founded a mathematical school in Alexandria in the reign of Ptolemy I. The Elements is a compilation of all earlier Greek mathematical knowledge since Pythagoras, organized into a consistent system so that each theorem follows logically from its predecessor; and in this simplicity lies the secret of its success" (PMM 25). Euclid's Elements first published in English in 1570. With title page design based on a wood-cut by Gordon Craig. As issued without dust jacket. Bookplate of Seymour Hecht.
A beautiful copy in fine condition.