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    "Perhaps the Rarest of All Kircher's Works"

    Athanasius Kircher and Benedetto Benedetti. Tariffa Kircheriana Id Est Inventum Auchoris Novum expedita, et mira arte combinata methodo, universalem Geometria & Arithmetica Practica Summam continens. Rome: Nicolai Angelo Tinassi, 1679. First edition. Two octavo volumes. A12 [A1 blank], (2) A-V8. [Including A1 & V8 blanks]; A-Bb8, Cc2 [Cc2 blank]. Text complete. [24], 316, [2] pages; 203 unpaginated leaves, totaling 406 pages. 150 text cuts, lacks the twenty-four added tables. Original paper boards, old title in manuscript on spine covered over by (fragmentary) paper with chipped titles in gilt, paper boards soiled and chipped, front hinges opened internally, light foxing, uncut with deckle edges. Volume II: no front endpapers. Otherwise internally both very good. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    "The Tariffa, perhaps the rarest of all Kircher's works and his least characteristic, is entirely mathematical. It treats primarily geometrical figures and simple trigonometry. The work is organized in the traditional format for mathematical works, with problems, propositions, and proofs. The term tariffa, was used in Kircher's day for compilations of tables used by navigators 'from which valuable knowledge might be had without labor,' but, as is explained in the preliminary pages, Kircher titled his book Tariffa  'not only because valuable knowledge might be had, but because one may understand [from it] the universal art of mathematical computation.'" -Merrill.

    The author of the volume of tables is ascribed to the Bolognese professor of mathematics Benedetto Benedetti who Merrill claims is a pseudonym for Kircher himself!            

    Dunnhaupt 33.1 & 2.  Merrill 28. De Backer/Sommervogel IV.1070.37. Brunet III,669. Graesse IV, 22. [See:Riccardi II,92 for Benedetti.]



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