A rare and beautiful geometry primer from the 19th century Red, yellow, blue and of course black are the colours that Oliver Byrne employs for the figures and diagrams in his most unusual 1847 edition of Euclid, published by William Pickering and printed by Chiswick Press, and which prompt the surprised reader to think of Mondrian The author makes it clear in his subtitle that this is a didactic measure intended to distinguish his edition from all others The Elements of Euclid in which coloured diagrams and symbols are used instead of letters for the greater ease of learners Byrne is not content to trust solely in the supposed intuitive logical structure of Euclids axioms and theorems who doesnt know the first famous sentences of Euclids Elements I A point is that which has no parts II A line is length without breadth , but translates them into colourful diagrams and symbols He thereby thinks in terms of the school classroom he compares his colours to the dyed chalks in which figures are drawn on the blackboard Oliver Byrne c 1810c 1880 was an Irish author and civil engineer Little is known about his life, though he wrote a considerable number of books As Surveyor of Her Majesty s Settlements in the Falkland Islands, Byrne had already published mathematical and engineering works, but never anything like his edition on Euclid This remarkable example of Victorian printing has been described as one of the oddest and most beautiful books of the 19th century Each proposition is set in Caslon italic, with a four line initial, while the rest of the page is a unique riot of red, yellow and blue On some pages, letters and numbers only are printed in colour, sprinkled over the pages like tiny wild flowers and demanding the most meticulous alignment of the different colour plates for printing Elsewhere, solid squares, triangles and circles are printed in bright colours, expressing a verve not seen again on the pages of a book until the era of Dufy, Matisse and Derain....
|Title||:||The First Six Books of the Elements of Euclid Oliver Byrne|
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The First Six Books of the Elements of Euclid Oliver Byrne Reviews
The Byrne book is absolutely gorgeous. Over 130 years ago, Byrne had the idea of removing almost all words from Euclid, and replacing the words with visually obvious color pictures.
Do you love Euclid? Do you love color and art? Are you interested in the history of printing or pedagogy? This book is for you.
I love this book. It takes Euclidian geometry and develops it graphically. Very creative. Very stimulating. If you care about geometry or graphic arts you may find this a treasure you don't need but delight in. Very high quality production, cloth bound hard cover book within a cloth covered box.
I first encountered Oliver Byrne's illustrations of Euclid while looking for rare books. The original copy was 'available' for $1700 on bid. I have admired this work and its depictions. Now I own this beautifully rendered copy. This is a boxed set and would make a lovely gift for anyone interested in illustrations, mathematics, history, etc. Very well done. I am very happy with this purchase.
This edition is a fscsimile of the original 19th century edition. It is gorgeous, comes in a box matching the cloth binding. The unique way the propositions and demontrations are described as color illustrations makes this edition a must for those who understand the importance of Euclid.
This book is not only a remarkable artifact, it's the book that makes Euclid more accessible than any before it. As Euclid explains each proof, the lines and angles depicted are color coded so a reader can immediately get an image in mind of the steps being described. It's really an exhilarating thing; the proofs become much more immediate and memorable.
If you appreciate the origins of geometry, this book is beautiful to have. It comes in a nice cover. The proofs are in color. It really is spectacular to see how Euclid wrote these compared to how we write proofs now.
I hardly understand a word of the book but it was a gift for my grandson who loves it. I can appreciate the high quality of craftsmanship in printing and binding of the book.