Textbook of arithmetic instruction written in French ca. 1650, probably for the instruction of a Prince of Orange. Contents include chapters on currency, bookkeeping, and interest. Also included are approximately twenty small hand-colored illustrations throughout the book, mainly of fruits, plants, and birds.
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The name of the House of Orange-Nassau was adopted by René of Châlon, the son of Hendrik III of Nassau-Breda from Germany, and and Claudia of Châlon-Orange from French Burgundy. René of Châlon’s nephew, William I, became his successor and also made the House of Orange-Nassau an important political family in the Netherlands. William I organized a revolt against Spanish rule of the Netherlands, which eventually led to Dutch independence. Princes of Orange from that era include Prince Philip William, Maurice, Frederick Henry, Willem II, William II of England, and John William Friso.
Arithmetic instruction book written in French from the first half of the seventeenth century. It consists of 284 pages written in calligraphy and ornamented with colored drawings. It was probably written for the instruction of a Prince of Orange.
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"Instruction dans l’Arithmetique," arithmetic instruction book, ca. 1650, MS 227, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University https://archives.library.rice.edu/repositories/2/resources/185 Accessed November 30, 2023.