Sale: 491 / Rare Books, Nov. 25. 2019 in Hamburg Lot 107

Johannes Widman
Behend und hüpsch Rechnung, 1500.
Estimate: € 5,000 / $ 5,500
Lot description
Johannes Widman
Behend und hüpsch Rechnung uff allen Kauffmannschafften. (Titelblatt in Kopie). Pforzheim, Th. Anselm 1500.

"The first printed arithmetic book in German" (DSB).

Sehr seltene zweite Ausgabe des ersten kaufmännnischen Rechenbuches in deutscher Sprache, zugleich eines der frühesten in Pforzheim gedruckten Bücher. "This is the second edition, and is even more rare than the first. Widman's arithmectic was the first great German textbook on the subject, although minor works had already appeared before 1489. It is in the main a practical treatise, with good problems, and it set the standard for Germany much as Borghi's book did for Italy. Among its noteworthy features is the use of the plus and minus signs for the first time in a printed book. These are not used, however, as signs of operation, but as symbols of excess or deficiency in warehouse measures. The book is illustrated with pictures showing mercantile customs, and with geometric diagrams. Widman acknowledges his indebtedness to men like Sacrobosco, although his work shows no dependence upon the 'Algorismus' named." (Smith). - Eines der ersten in Pforzheim gedruckten Bücher, Geldner (Die deutschen Inkunabeldrucker , I, 285) erwähnt nur einen Almanach von 1496 und einen Türkendruck von 1500 des aus Baden-Baden stammenden Druckers Thomas Anselm.

EINBAND: Etwas späterer Lederband mit 1 (von 2) Schließe. 13,5 : 9 cm. - ILLUSTRATION: Mit zahlr. kleinen Textholzschnitten sowie 1 halbseitigen Holzschnitt mit Darstellung einer Wechselstube. - KOLLATION: Titelblatt in Kopie, 162 S. - ZUSTAND: Tlw. gebräunt, fleckig und wasserrandig, 3 Blatt mit Randeinriß, die ersten 2 Blatt mit kl. Wurmloch.

LITERATUR: ISTC IW00015000. - BMC III, 705. - Goff W 15. - Smith S. 36f. - Hook/Jeannin 7.2. - Vgl. DSB XIV, 325 und Kat. Maß, Zahl und Gewicht 8.10. - Nicht bei Kress.

Rare second edition of the "first printed arithmetic book in German" (DSB). - With numerous small woodcut illustrations and a half-page woodcut showing an exchange office. Titlepage reproduced. - Somewhat later leather binding with 1 (of 2) clasp. - Partly browned, spotted and waterstained, first 3 leaves with small wormwhole.


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Regular taxation:
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Resale right apportionment:
Objects made by artists who have not died at least 70 years ago are subject to a resale right apportionment of 1.5% plus statutory sales tax.