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Euclid Collection


Editions of works by Euclid.

Euclid, Elementa (INCUNABULA QUARTO 5q)


Over 900 volumes.

Scope and content

Forming part of the Graves Library, this is an important collection of the works of the mathematician Euclid. The collection contains 83 editions by Euclid printed before 1640, including the editio princeps published by Erhard Ratdolt at Venice in 1482. Of the many translations the most notable are the first into any modern language, the Italian of 1543, the first German (1562), the first French translation (1564), John Day's edition of the first English translation with John Dee's preface of 1570, the first edition in Arabic (1594), as well as later translations into Turkish, Chinese, Persian, Hebrew, Finnish and other languages. In addition, the collection has been recently augmented by a wide variety of post-1850 editions and translations.  


Aside from the Graves Library, the collection has been built up through donations from various sources and the transfer of material from UCL general collections.


The collection is fully catalogued. To browse the records, conduct a keyword search for EUCLID COLLECTION on Explore.  

The Euclid Collection is digitised in the Stravros Niarchos Digital Library as part of our digital resources.

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