Euclid, fl. c 300 BC. Elementa Geometriae. Venice, E. Ratdolt, May 25,
1482. Editio princeps,
gothic type, 44-45 lines, 138 leaves, heading of text printed in red.
Ornamental woodcut border on three margins of the first text page, about
550 geometrical designs covering almost all outer margins.
Adelhard of Bath's version edited with commentary by Giovanni Campano di
Novarra, 13th century. This basic treatise in geometry is Euclid's most
important work. It is the first great scientific classic and was not
published in its original language until 1533. Erhard Ratdolt, ca. 1447-
ca. 1527, produced the first printed edition of Euclid's Geometria in 1482,
the first book in which mathematical diagrams were successfully printed.
It is noted for the beautiful borders and initials.