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American Arithmetic by Oliver Welch, Rare Math Textbook, 1821, Illustrated


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The American ArithmeticAdapted to the Currency of the United States. To Which is Added a Concise Treatise on the Mensuration of Planes and Solids. Compiled for the Use of Schools.By Oliver Welch


Fourth Edition

Publisher: Samuel T. Moses, Portsmouth

Copyright: 1821

One of the joys of dealing antiquarian books is the wonder that comes alongside each of these venerable time travelers. This book intrigued me from the moment I picked it up. The cover of this well-used book has been hand sewn by a novice hand–presumably to preserve it. The leather is thick and the stitches coarse, the threads that keep it together are 196 years old. Hard to believe it has survived in such excellent condition. To further this book’s mystery are the various inscriptions. It belonged to a Thomas Clark, who has inscribed the book in an elegant hand proclaiming it to be “Thomas Clark’s Book, December 12, 1823,” followed by “Boston, 1823 Short Division.” Places such as Mount Desert and Norwood Cove District are written in the back endpapers. Needless to say this book has had an epic journey through time and has a lot of personality.

Condition:  This book is in fair condition. Leather. Hand sewn leather cover with hand stitiching and heavy thread holding it together. Prelims are heavily toned and bear multiple inscriptions. First 30 pages are frayed along edges and coming loose. Page 33-34 is loose. Many of the page corners have been folded. This book has seen some action. There are signs of moisture in some pages. No mold, but some pages are foxed. Book contains many black and white illustrations and charts depicting geometry concepts, measurements, and even a table for measuring beer and spirits. Just charming. 

Would make a wonderful gift for a math professor.

4.5″ x 7″

 _gsrx_vers_586 (GS 6.8 (586))

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Additional Information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 12 x 10 x 2 in

Oliver Welch

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Year Printed


Place of Publication



Samuel T. Moses



Country/Region of Manufacture

United States








North America


Science & Medicine

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