We received the book below a while back, shipped in the pictured wrapping:
Yeah, a reasonable sized and reasonably valuable book. But, wrapped in paper, inside bubble wrap, inside a box, surrounded by air pillows, inside a second box?
On the other hand, …
The following books arrive yesterday, shipped by Target:
Yep: no paper, no bubble wrap, no air pillows, no nothing except way, way too big a box. And of course one of the books was damaged. Sheesh.
At Glen’s request, here’s a page from the old arithmetic book.
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how _not_ to ship books…
Damn! How not to rush posts. Fixed. Thanks!
Ooo, what is the first book?
What, you’re not asking about which edition of the Harry Potters I got?
The old book is a 1730 arithmetic text, by a teacher called Alexander Malcolm. There’s a peek at it here.
Fascinating! What is the “Rule of Fellowship”???
Good question. It appears to be a generalisation of “the rule of three”, which is just solving a/b = c/d for whichever guy you don’t know.
I tried to attach a page from the book to the comment but it came out tiny. Will attach to the post above.
Looks like the book is in good condition for a 1723 print which might explain the packing care.
BTW I have a first edition inherited copy of Hardy’s ” A mathematician’s apology” which is carefully stored.
An interesting read for any mathematician with an excellent foreword by CP Snow which was added to the 1967 reprint here
Click to access 196174216674_10151379429531675.pdf
Yeah, a great book. A first edition of that is a good get.
Steve, your comment was in the trash. Did you intend that?
Sorry no just fat fingers
Here is a link to the text for those interested
Click to access A%20Mathematician%27s%20Apology.pdf