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Corpus of RenaissanceEditions of Euclid’s Elements (1482–1606)

Compiled by: Odile Kouteynikoff (SPHERE), François Loget (CESR), Marc Moyon (FRED, Centre A. Koyré).

- Introduction
- Principal characteristics of the editions
- Full references with, in most cases, links to digital versions accessible online (January 2013).

For modern commentaries see

  1. Johan Ludvig Heiberg, Litterargeschichtliche Studien über Euklid, Leipzig, B.G. Teubner 1882.
  2. Pietro Riccardi, Saggio di una bibliografia euclidea, Memorie della Regia Accademia delle Scienze dell’Istituto di Bologna, serie IV, tomo 8 (1887), p. 401-523, tomo 9 (1888), p. 321-343, serie V, tomo 1 (1890), p. 27-84, tomo 3 (1892), p. 639-694 (reprint ed.: Hildesheim, Georg Olms Verlag, 1974)
  3. Euclid, The thirteen books of the Elements, translated from the text of Heiberg, with introduction and commentary by Sir Thomas L. Heath, Cambridge, University Press, 1908, second edition revised with additions, 1925, Dover Publ., 1956, 3 vol., vol. 1, p. 91-113.
  4. Euclide d’Alexandrie, Les Eléments, traduits du texte de Heiberg, Introduction générale Maurice Caveing, trad. et comm. Bernard Vitrac, Paris, PUF, 1990-2001, 4 vol., vol. 1, p. 45-83.
  5. John Murdoch, "Euclid, Transmission of the Elements", Dictionary of Scientific Biography, New York, Scribners, 1970-1990, 18 vol., 1971, vol. 4, p. 437-459.
    Bernard Vitrac, "Euclid, Transmission of the Elements", complément et mise à jour, 2006,

Some of the works included here are also in the Corpus of Philosophy of Mathematics 1499–1701

This Corpus of Renaissance editions of Euclid’s Elements (1482-1606) began as a document for the 19th Colloque Inter-IREM Épistémologie et Histoire des Mathématiques, organised by IREM in Limoges, 8 and 9 June 2012. (We thank Bernard Vitrac for his reading of our work and Jacqueline Stedall for the English version.)

Articles: O. Kouteynikoff, F. Loget, M. Moyon, « Quelques lectures renaissantes des Éléments d’Euclide » in Les ouvrages de mathématiques dans l’histoire. Entre recherche, enseignement et culture, Barbin, E. & Moyon, M. (coord.), Limoges, PULIM, 2013.