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The first six books of the elements of Euclid, in which coloured diagrams and symbols are used instead of letters for the greater ease of learners

Author: EuclidMary ByfieldOliver ByrneWilliam PickeringCharles WhittinghamAll authors
Publisher: London : William Pickering, Chiswick : Printed by C. Whittingham 1847.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Byrne ... considered that it might be easier to learn geometry if colors were substituted for the letters usually used to designate the angles and lines of geometric figures. Instead of referring to, say, 'angle ABC,' Byrne's text substituted a blue or yellow or red section equivalent to similarly colored sections in the theorem's main diagram."--Friedman.
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Genre/Form: Diagrams
Instructional and educational works
Gold blocked bindings
Publishers' cloth bindings
Printing in multiple colors
Early works
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Byrne, Oliver.
First six books of the Elements of Euclid.
London : William Pickering, 1847. (Chiswick : Printed by C. Whittingham.)
(OCoLC)889857883
Named Person: Euclid.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Euclid; Mary Byfield; Oliver Byrne; William Pickering; Charles Whittingham; Bruce Rogers; Pforzheimer Bruce Rogers Collection (Library of Congress); Lessing J. Rosenwald Collection (Library of Congress)
OCLC Number: 1354061
Notes: Presents Euclid's proofs using color pictures.
Signatures: [a]² b² c-d⁴ e² f1 B-2L⁴ 2M².
List of corrections on page xxix.
Text illustrated with geometric diagrams printed from woodblocks in red, blue, ochre, and black; four-line ornamental white woodcut initials on black criblé background, probably made for this ed. by Mary Byfield, a Chiswick Press wood-engraver.
Description: xxix pages, 1 unnumbered page, 268 pages : color illustrations ; 25 cm
Other Titles: Elements.
Elements of Euclid
Byrne's Euclid
Responsibility: by Oliver Byrne, surveyor of her Majesty's settlements in the Falkland Islands and author of numberous mathematical works.

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"Byrne ... considered that it might be easier to learn geometry if colors were substituted for the letters usually used to designate the angles and lines of geometric figures. Instead of referring to, say, 'angle ABC,' Byrne's text substituted a blue or yellow or red section equivalent to similarly colored sections in the theorem's main diagram."--Friedman.

"Each proposition is set in Caslon italic, with a four line initial engraved on wood by Mary Byfield: the rest of the page is a unique riot of red, yellow and blue: on same pages letters and numbers only are printed in colour, sprinkled over the page like tiny wild flowers, demanding the most meticulous register: elsewhere, solid squares, triangles, and circles are printed in gaudy and theatrical colours, attaining a verve not seen again on book pages till the days of Dufy, Matisse and Derain."--McLean, Victorian book design and colour printing.

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