In 1202 Leonardo of Pisa, later known as Fibonacci, wrote, in his book "liber abbaci", his explanation of a means of expressing numbers, and manipulating them, that gave us arithmetic as we know it today. My question is: how was that book distributed, since the printing press did not arrive in Europe for another two hundred years? How many copies were produced?
Some English Sources for Leonardo Piasno :
- Laurence Sigler (editor), Fibonacci’s Liber Abaci (2002): unfortunately, the Introduction does not give details on the manuscripts. Only :
Liber abbaci, or the Book of Calculation, appeared first in 1202, and then again in a second version in 1228. [...] This English translation is prepared from Baldassarre Boncompagni's Latin edition of 1857.
Barnabas Hughes (editor), Fibonacci's De Practica Geometrie (2008): good introduction.
Jens Høyrup, Jacopo da Firenze's Tractatus Algorismi and Early Italian Abbacus Culture (2007): Fibonacci and the Abbaco, page 41-44.