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    Noah Bridges. Lux Mercatoria Arithmetick Natural and Decimal; Digested into a more easie and exact Method...Wherein The most Critical Questions of Reduction, Trucks, and Exchanges of Monies, Weights and Measures of Foreign Countries...are now performed...Whereunto are added Tables computed for the Forbearance, Discompt and Purchase of Annuities, Leases, and Pensions... London: for Peter Parker, 1665. Krown & Spellman retail: $600. Second edition. Square 8vo. A4 [-A1 fontis.],a8,B-Z8. [22],349,[3 ads]p. [Lacks A1, frontis.] Modern half leather and cloth, gilt spine, some internal soiling and some dampstains, a few old annotations & mathematical computations. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Bridges "fl. 1661, stenographer and mathematician, was educated at Balliol College, Oxford, and acted as clerk of the parliament which sat in that city in 1643 and 1644. He was created B.C.L. on 17 June 1646, 'being at that time esteemed a most faithful subject to his majesty.' He was in attendance on King Charles I in most of his restraints, particularly at Newcastle and the Isle of Wight (State Papers, Dom., Charles II, vol. xx. art. 126). His majesty granted him the office of clerk of the House of Commons, but the appointment failed to pass the great seal because of the surrender of Oxford. It appears that the king also promised him the post of comptroller, teller, and weigher of the Mint. After the Restoration he vainly endeavoured to obtain the grant of these offices with survivorship to his son Japhet. For several years he kept a school at Putney, where he was living in 1661." DNB

    This rare book first appeared in 1661. Both editions are very scarce.       Wing B4481. [2 copies only, none in US].] ESTC r170796. Lowndes 270.

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