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Mandey, Venterus
Mellificium mensionis, or, The marrow of measuring : wherein a new and ready way is shewn how to measure glazing, painting, plastering, masonry, joyners, carpenters, and bricklayers works : as also the measuring of land and all other superfices and solids, by vulgar arithmetick, without reducing the intergers into the least denomination : giving the content of any superfices or solid, consisting of feet, inches, and parts of inches, in a fourth part of the time and labour required by the usual way in vulgar arithmetic : together with some choice principles and problems of geometry conducing thereto : the whole treatise being comprized in six books and illustrated with copper cuts : an account whereof is given in the epistle to the reader : the like not heretofore published / by Venterus Mandey.
Additional Title(s):

Mellificium mensionis.

Marrow of measuring.
London : Printed for the author, and sold by Richard Chiswel, at the Rose and Crown in St. Paul's Church-yard; and Benjamin Clark, in George- yard in Lumbard-Street; and by the author, at the Red-Heart in Heart-Street in Bloomsbury Market, 1682.
Physical Description:
[26], 376, [2] p., [12] leaves of plates (some folded) : ill. ; 18 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
QA444 M35 1682
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
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English short title catalogue, R202879
Wing, D.G. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British America, and of English books printed in other countries, 1641-1700 (2nd ed.), M420A
Harris, E. British architectural books and writers, 1556-1785. Cambridge [England] : Cambridge University Press, 1994,c1990. 541
Books II & III written originally in Latin by Thomas Hobbes and translated by Mandey.
Each of six books, except the first, and the appendix have special t.p.
Illustration by R[obert] White.
"A garden of geometrical roses" (a translation by Mandey of "Rosetum geometricum" by Thomas Hobbes), "Some principles and problems in geometry" (a translation by Mandey of "Principia et problemata aliquot geometrica" by Thomas Hobbes), "Measuring of glazing, painting, plaistering, masonsy [sic], joynery, carpenters, and bricklayers, works", "Measuring of superficial plains", and "Measuring of solids" each have separate title pages dated 1681.
Early source of information on quantity surveying. Cf. Harris.
Subject Terms:
Chiswell, Richard.
Clark, Benjamin.
Geometry -- Early works to 1800.
Mensuration -- Early works to 1800.
Engravings -- 1682.
Hobbes, Thomas, 1588-1679. Rosetum geometricum. English. 1682.
Hobbes, Thomas, 1588-1679. Principia et problemata. English. 1682.
White, Robert, 1645-1703, engraver.
White, Robert, 1645-1703.

  • Book I. Of geometry
  • Book II. A garden of geometrical roses : or some propositions being hitherto hid, are now made known
  • Book III. Some principles and problems in geometry, thought formerly desparate; now briefly explained and demonstrated
  • Book IV. Measuring of glazine, painting, plaistering ... works, by vulgar arithmetick, without reducing the integers into the least demonination
  • Book V. Measuring of superficial plains, by vulgar arithmetick ... together with directions for measuring of land
  • Book VI. Measuring of solids
  • The appendix : treating in the first place of the measuring of chimneys reformed.

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