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24 Euclid
Geometricorum elementorum libri XV
Paris, Henrici Stephanus, 1516
Sir Thomas More (1472-1535), Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII and sainted martyr for the cause of English Catholicism, owned this copy of Euclid's Elements and signed it on the title page. Published in 1516, the year of the appearance in print of More's Utopia, it was the first edition of the Elements to be produced in France. Henri Estienne, prominent member of a family excelling in typographic arts, issued the Latin text, with commentaries by Johannes Campanus (fl. ca. 1260). The editor was Jacques Faber, or Lefebre, geometrician and advocate of French Protestantism. Thomas More seems to have thought highly of Euclid; in addition to owning this copy in Latin, he is known to have presented a copy of Simon Grynaeus' Greek edition (Basel, 1533) to the son of his foster daughter, Margaret Clement.
Gift of George A. Plimpton

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