DAVID EUGENE SMITH, 1860–1944
Rara Arithmetica: a Catalogue of the Arithmetics Written before the Year MDCI; with a Description of Those in the Library of George Arthvr Plimpton, of New York
Boston and New York: Ginn and Co., 1908
In reviewing Rare Arithmetica for the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society (1910), Lambert L. Jackson wrote: “this is a work which no bibliographer of rare books will fail to consult. It will become an authoritative source for writers of mathematical history and the standard reference book on sixteenth century arithmetic for scholars in mathematics everywhere.” It still is. Regarding David Eugene Smith, Jackson wrote: “It would be wasteful of the reviewer’s space to speak of the author, because his special fitness is known to practically every student of the history of mathematics, and his scholarship stamps with authority all of his productions.” Shown here is Smith’s copy, No. 2, in the presentation binding designed by W. A. Dwiggins, reserved for special copies of the two-volume work.
Bequest of David Eugene Smith