1810.027: Arithmetic Improved.

Published: 1810

Full Title: Arithmetic Improved, or, A Summary System of Common and Decimal Arithmetic, Collaterally and concisely combined in every rule; with the operation of every question full and expressive. Intended for the American Tutor’s Guide; also as an Assistant to persons of every occupation. This system from the commencement, progressively exhibits an improve-ment of the modern and ancient method of calculation; for everything that is superfluous, is discarded; and many entirely recent rules, cases and necessary discriminations are intro-duced. The whole, though adapted to the easy instruction of youth, is nevertheless, concise and perspicuous; and may be comprehended by adults, who have been instructed in ancient arithmetic, without the expense of tuition. By William Ligon, Sen. Prince Edward, Virginia, 1808. 1st edition, re-examined and corrected by the proprietor.

Author: Ligon, William Sr. (1762-1838), and James Madison (1749-1812).

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Manson & Minor

Description: 202 pgs.; 21 cm. (8vo).


Ligon circulated a prospectus and subscription sheets in fall 1808 for this work (see 1808.046 & 1808.047); from the addition of Bishop James Madison as a co-author, it appears that he found patronage with the circle of educators then tied to the College of William & Mary and its president; however, Ligon never issued a second edition of his textbook and removed to Tennessee shortly after it was published.

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