The Tutor’s Assistant; Being A Complete Compendium Of Arithmetic, And A Complete Question-book,




Printed by and for J. Mozley.






In five parts. containing i. arithmetic in whole numbers; being a brief explanation of all its rules, in a new and more concise method than any hitherto published; with an application to each rule, consisting of a large variety of questions in real business, with their answers annexed. ii. vulgar fractions, which are treated with a great deal of plainness and perspicuity. iii. decimals, with the extraction of the square, cube, and biquadrate roots, after a very plain and familiar manner; in which are set down rules for the easy calculation of interest, annuities, and pensions in arrears, the present worth of annuities, etc. either by simple or compound interest. iv. duodecimals, or multiplication of feet and inches, with examples applied to measuring and working by multiplication, practice, and decimals. v. a collection of questions set down promiscuously, for the greater trial of the foregoing rules. to which are added, a new and very short method of extracting the cube root, and a general table for the ready calculating the interest of any sum of money, at any rate per cent. likewise rents, salaries,etc. the whole being adapted either as a question-book for the use of schools, or, as a remembrancer and instructor to such as have some knowledge therein. this work having been perused by several eminent mathematicians and accomptants, is recommended as the best compendium hitherto published, for the use of schools, or for private persons. a new edition. by francis walkingame, writing-master and accomptant.

Item Description

12mo. 7 x 4.5 inches. [xii] + 180 pp. + [4] pp. publisher's advertisements. Bound in contemporary plain calf with blind stamped borders; spine in compartments with raised bands. Extremities worn and small lower margin tear, p. 41, just touching text, but otherwise a very good copy. Large calligraphic signature of 1793 on verso of title. 'Walkingame's fame rests on his single publication' (DNB), which was one of the most successful arithmetic books ever published. From its first edition of 1751, it remained in print with very little alteration for well over a century and it is considered that over 275 different editions appeared, many in provincial centres, with Gainsborough editions being recorded at least until 1811. The Tutor's Assistant was a very practically orientated work, using numerous commercial examples and this may help to account for its popularity. Walkingame (1723-83) was the master of a boarding school in Kensington when the title first appeared and it was originally compiled for use there. This 1788 Gainsborough edition is scarce and not recorded in ESTC or Library Hub.

[Stock No. 27150]

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