Oliver Byrne: The First Six Books of the Elements of Euclid

Werner Oechslin Oliver Byrne


Oliver Byrne: The First Six Books of the Elements of Euclid

Oliver Byrne: The First Six Books of the Elements of Euclid

  • Title: Oliver Byrne: The First Six Books of the Elements of Euclid
  • Author: Werner Oechslin Oliver Byrne
  • ISBN: 9783836544719
  • Page: 308
  • Format: Hardcover



Primary elements Euclid in living color Nearly a century before Mondrian made geometrical red, yellow, and blue lines famous, 19th century mathematician Oliver Byrne employed the color scheme for the figures and diagrams in his most unusual 1847 edition of Euclid s Elements The author makes it clear in his subtitle that this is a didactic measure intended to distinguiPrimary elements Euclid in living color Nearly a century before Mondrian made geometrical red, yellow, and blue lines famous, 19th century mathematician Oliver Byrne employed the color scheme for the figures and diagrams in his most unusual 1847 edition of Euclid s Elements The author makes it clear in his subtitle that this is a didactic measure intended to distinguish his edition from all others The Elements of Euclid in which coloured diagrams and symbols are used instead of letters for the greater ease of learners As Surveyor of Her Majesty s Settlements in the Falkland Islands, Byrne had already published mathematical and engineering works previous to 1847, but never anything like his edition on Euclid This remarkable example of Victorian printing has been described as one of the oddest and most beautiful books of the 19th century Each proposition is set in Caslon italic, with a four line initial, while the rest of the page is a unique riot of red, yellow, and blue On some pages, letters and numbers only are printed in color, sprinkled over the pages like tiny wild flowers and demanding the most meticulous alignment of the different color plates for printing Elsewhere, solid squares, triangles, and circles are printed in bright colors, expressing a verve not seen again on the pages of a book until the era of Dufy, Matisse, and Derain.


Recent Comments "Oliver Byrne: The First Six Books of the Elements of Euclid"

All of Euclid's proofs and constructions demonstrated with colourful diagrams. A gorgeous book.

Great edition & great art. Euclid's books are greatly transformed by Oliver Byrne's illustrations. The accompanying text explaining the reception at the time (1856) of this book was a very illuminating read.


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