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LARKIN, Nathaniel John.

(1781 – 1855)

English mathematician.

Biographical references: BBA: I 665, 39. Boase, Modern English Biography, 1892-1921. WBI.

Introduction, 1820

1. English, 1820.
An | Introduction | To | Solid Geometry, | An To The Study Of | Crystallography, | Containing An | Investigation Of Some Of The Properties | Belonging To | The Platonic Bodies | Independent Of the Sphere. | [rule] | By | N.J. Larkin, M.G.S. | Teacher Of Crystallography And Mathematics. | [rule] | Illustrated by Four Plates from Original Drawings by the Author. | [tapered rule] | London: | Printed For The Author, And Published By Longman, Hurst, | Rees, Orme and Brown. | [rule] | 1820.

12°: π8 A-I6 χ1; 79l.; [i]-xvi, [1]-140, [2] p., 4 plates (folding; one colored; showing xl digrms). Page size: 206 x 132 mm.

Contents: [i-ii], Title page, verso "Printed by W. Molineux, | 5, Bream's Buildings, Chancery Lane."; [iii], Dedictation to G.B. Greenough.; [iv], Blank.; [v]-xi, "Preface."-signed N.J. Larkin, 3 February 1820.; [xii], "Sets of Solids to accompany this work ..."; [xiii]-xvi, "Contents."; [1]-130, Text.; [131], "Appendix. | By | P.M. Roget, M.D. F.R.S. &c. &c."; [132], Blank.; [133]-140, Text of problems I-IV.; [1 pg], Errata.; [1 pg], Blank.; [At end], 4 plates.

Very scarce. The text provides definitions and descriptions of the tetrahedron, `hexahedron' or cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, isocahedron, patonic bodies, rhomboidal dodecahedron, trapezohedron, triacontahedron, hexacontahedron, pentahedron, and artificial series. Under each heading the author discusses the number of faces, interangle measurements between adjacent faces, geometric dissection and included geomentric features. Throughout are given as real-world examples from the realm of minerals and their crystallography.