Memoirs of John Napier of Merchiston: His Lineage, Life, and Times, with a History of the Invention of Logarithms

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W. Blackwood, 1834 - Equations, Theory of - 534 pages

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This book has a great deal of the Napier family history in it. The pictures are in better shape than the copy in the National Library of Scotland, but the copy there has 2 extra newspaper articles pasted inside the cover. One is the Wizard Lairds of Merchiston article from Scotsman dated 23 Dec 1910 about John Napier and his father. The other is about the sale of the "Napier Bones" from the Dowager Lady Napier estate. The strange thing is the picture on this cover is not John Napier but his cousin Dr. Richard Napier. It's in the book at page 240. 



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