From the library of Catherine the Great

Agnesi, Maria Gaetana. Traités élémentaires de calcul différentiel et de calcul intégral. Traduits de l'Italien de Mademoiselle Agnesi, avec des additions.

Paris, Claude-Antoine Jombert, 1775.

8vo. IV, 500 pp. With 6 numbered engraved folding plates. Contemporary giltstamped full calf with gilt title-label to spine. 2 gilt labels with the arms of the Russian Empire and the monogram "CT" or "CP" to spine. Leading edges gilt, gilt inner dentelle. Marbled pastedowns. All edges marbled.


Seminal work, written by "the first woman in the Western world who can accurately be called a mathematician" (DSB), from the library of Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, with the Romanovs' arms to the spine.

Agnesi's work, which treats differential and integral calculus, is considered "the best introduction extant to the works of Euler" (A'Becket). The French Academy of Sciences regarded this manual the clearest, most methodological and most comprehensive work of its kind, and commissioned this French translation after the publication of the Italian original ("Instituzioni analitiche") in 1748, when the author - a child prodigy - was only 30 years old.

Binding very slightly rubbed, spine-ends chipped. Later library stamp to lower flyleaf, along with some ballpoint and pencil annotations. A fine copy of this outstanding work.


DSB I, 75. Riccardi I, 1, 8, 3. A'Becket, "Maria Gaetana Agnesi", Catholic Encyclopedia (1913). OCLC 963682985.

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