[EARLY ALGEBRA BOOK FOR THE NAVAL SCHOOL] Usûl-i hendese. [i.e. Elements of geometry]. Translated by Hüseyin Rifki Tamanî - Selim
JOHN BONNYCASTLE, (English mathematician and author), (1751-1821), Mekteb-i Bahriye-i Sâhâne Matbaasi, Kostantiniyye [Constantinople - Istanbul], [AH 1269] = 1853.
Original half leather. Five raised bands to the spine. Decorations and title gilt on the spine. Marbled boards with original endpapers. Demy 8vo. (22 x 14 cm). In Ottoman script (Old Turkish with Arabic letters). 272 p., 14 folded plates, numerous b/w ills.
Lithograph. First and only edition of this early rare Ottoman edition of "Euclid's Elements" by English teacher of mathematics and author Bonnycastle, who was appointed Professor of Mathematics at the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, where he remained until his death on 15 May 1821, translated by Tamânî and Selim Efendi, who were Turkish teachers of mathematics in the Ottoman Naval School. This book is one of the earliest translated textbooks on algebra, and it's translated for the Turkish navigators.
First published in 1789 in English.
Özege 22154.; TBTK 6693.; Only two copies in OCLC 949458002 (Not in any American library).