Because of this the authors believe that they have here produced a textbook suited to the needs of a rapidly growing class of schools and that they have not failed in any respect to adhere to the best standards of mathematics and pedagogy. As to material for daily drill, teachers should consult page 105.
Book II is devoted to algebra and arithmetic, each making use of the important facts presented in Book I and each including those large and important topics which are valuable in the elementary education of every boy and girl. The two books thus work together to a common purpose, the first being the more concrete and preparing by careful steps for the second, and the second blending with the first in presenting to the student a well-organized foundation for the more formal treatment of the mathematics which naturally follows.
The authors take great pleasure in being able to include in this work a number of decorative illustrations of early mathematical instruments and their uses, by Mr. T. M. Cleland. They feel sure that teachers and students will welcome this innovation in the preparation of textbooks in mathematics, and will appreciate such a combination of the work of the artist with that of the mathematician.