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Instruction dans l’Arithmetique, arithmetic instruction book

Identifier: MS 0227
Finding aid note: Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via or call 713-348-2586.

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1650


Conditions Governing Access

This material is open for research.

Stored offsite at the Library Service Center and require 24-hour notice for retrieval. Please contact the Woodson Research Center at 713-348-2586 or for more information.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish material from this volume must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Biographical / Historical

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.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 bound volume)

Language of Materials



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.

Acquisition Information

Purchased March 17, 1931 by the Rice Institute.
Guide to the Instruction dans l’Arithmetique arithmetic instruction book, ca. 1650
Lauren Meyers
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA