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Scope/Content: "Anno 1702" is written on the title page, but within the text, the present year is given as 1701 and as 1702. Scope/Content: Manuscript mathematical cipher book written in 1701 and 1702 by Rebecca Steele, a young student in Bristol. Pages exemplifying specific mathematical operations and concepts are embellished with calligraphic designs and command-of-hand drawings, and some lessons are dated. Many processes and operations are described in long word problems, including one (p. 30) where Steele is set the problem of figuring her exact age. She gives her birthdate as 28 May 1689 at 8:12pm and the present date as 17 April 1702 at "about 10 in ye morning." She is likely the Rebecka Steele who appears in Quaker birth records for the city of Bristol as a daughter of William and Melior Steele, born on 28 May 1689 in Thomas Street. Condition: Bound in contemporary speckled calf with blind tooling and metal clasps.
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170 pages, bound ;32 cm
ark:/21198/n1tc80 f MS.1950.037
Arithmetic--Study and teaching--Early works to 1800. Mathematics--Problems, exercises, etc.--Specimens.
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