> I know the original question was looking earlier than the early > modern period rather than later, but I'm just throwing in my 2 > cents' worth that the interest British mathematicians had for > reconstructing lost works in the 1700s is one of the factors which > makes these mathematicians' methodologies fascinating. (Niccolo > Guacciardini also touches upon this issue in last year's _Reading > the Principia_ and his 1989 _The Development of Newtonian Calculus > in Britain 1700-1800_). >
In the 17th century this British activity was especially centred on the University of Oxford. As well as the references given by Amy Ackerberg-Hastings, this is discussed on pp. 11-16 and 108-111 ('Oxford ancient texts project') of the recent Oxford Figures: 800 Years of the Mathematical Sciences, Oxford University Press 2000, edited by John Fauvel, Raymond Flood and Robin Wilson.