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Bede's system of finger counting, 1724.

Bede's system of finger counting, 1724.
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The Venerable Bede's (673-735) system of finger counting from Jacob Leupold's (1674-1727) 'Theatrum Arithmetico Geometricum', published in Liepzig, Germany, 1724. DACTYLONOMY, counting using fingers, is known to have been used at least four thousand years ago.

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