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James Pike ciphering books, circa 1798Manuscript MS-1271

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James Pike ciphering books, circa 1798

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1271

Collection Dates:

circa 1798

Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear ft.)


James Pike (1777-1842), educator and author. Consists of two mathematical ciphering books, circa 1798.

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Use & Access

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Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The collection contains two mathematical ciphering books in manuscript form by James Pike. One text is a mathematical textbook containing properties including addition, multiplication, division, reduction, vulgar fractions, simple interest, compound proportion, barter, trigonometry and surveying. The second text contains math problems related to plane trigonometry and surveying.


James Pike was born in 1777, in Somersworth, New Hampshire. He attended a common school but continued his education by teaching himself, beginning in 1798. Pike taught at several schools including at Wakefield, Newbury, Salisbury, and Charlestown, Massachusetts, Buxton, Berwick and Portland, Maine, as well as in his hometown of Somersworth. Pike also wrote several textbooks. His first "The Columbian Orthographer" was published in 1806, and his second "The Little Reader" in 1814. Pike died in 1842, in Somersworth.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Manuscripts, circa 1798

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Box: 1, Dates: circa 1798

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Mathematical ciphering book, circa 1798
  • Folder: 2, Mathematical textbook, undated

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