Eighteenth-Century Editorial Style at Work: The Editing of The Elements of Euclid by Isaac Barrow and Robert Simson

  • Jocelyn Hargrave
Part of the New Directions in Book History book series (NDBH)


This chapter considers how numerous editors of The Elements of Euclid, the first mathematics textbook, began their Euclidean journeys with virtually identical copy; however, their differing treatments, and their interpretations of their contemporary style guides, typify idiosyncratic editorial experiences. To demonstrate this, Barrow’s 1660, 1686 and 1705 editions are studied; and Simson’s influential 1756 edition is also treated briefly for comparative purposes. The editorial performances of Barrow and Simson are examined with reference to Joseph Moxon’s Mechanick Exercises (1683) and John Smith’s The Printer’s Grammar (1755), respectively.


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  • Jocelyn Hargrave
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  1. 1.Monash UniversityClaytonAustralia

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