Manual of mathematics, evidently for the use of a military officer, compiled by James Douglas. Edit




  • 1698. (Creation)


  • 209 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, Sotheby's, 4 February 1952, lot 45.

  • Custodial History

    The manuscript was bought by the National Library of Scotland with the aid of the Reid Fund.

  • Arrangement

    iii + 206 folios.

  • Scope and Contents

    The manual, compiled in 1698 (dates on pages 334a, 401), contains arithmetic, based on E Cocker's ‘Arithmetick’, with some rules for extracting roots by algebra and logarithms; "the doctrine of decimall fractions takne out of Mr. Coker's Decimall Arithmetick", (page 156); and 'the doctrine of plain triangles, or ... plain trigonometry' (page 334a), with rules for ascertaining heights, etc., with instruments.

    The words 'Heir endeth so much of the arithmetick as a souldier ought treuley to be master off' occur on page 333; many of the examples in the arithmetical section and of the trigonometrical rules relate to military problems, and a table of measures on page 3 includes French and Flemish land measures.

  • Physical Description

    In a seventeenth-century binding, with a blind medallion stamp of a type belonging to the early part of the century, and a heraldic stamp of a later period showing arms which may be those of Lord Mount Stuart who died in 1794.

  • Bibliography

    Cocker, Edward. - ‘Arithmetick’ (London, 1678). - ‘Decimall Arithmetick' ([London, 1685]).