'A course of mechanical lectures by Mr Wrighley Fellow of St John's College Cambridge.' The author is presumably Henry Wrigley who was admitted to St John's in 1715, graduated BA in 1718-9, took his MA in 1722, served as a fellow of the college 1722-45, and proceeded to the BD degree in 1729. The manner in which Wrigley is referred to on the title page suggests a date for these lectures after his election to the fellowship and before his taking the BD degree i.e. 1722-9. Many of the lectures are attributed, in a different hand to that of the main text, to ‘Sanderson’ and this is presumably Nicholas Saunderson (1682-1739). Saunderson was Lucasian professor of mathematics from 1711 until his death and was an excellent teacher. ‘Notes taken by students from his lectures are extant in several university libraries, and in his time they also circulated outside Cambridge’ (see ODNB).
205 x 160mm. 327 pages + some blanks. Paper. Single neat hand throughout. Binding: 18th-century blind-tooled calf over boards; rebacked and repaired by David Yates of J.P. Gray & Son, April 1973 (pencil note inside back board).
Given by Francis Puryer White (1893-1969) in 1945 (book label). St John’s College bookplate of 1937 pasted inside front board.