However, it is well to bear in mind that neither handbook, nor textbook alone suffices to give the reader a knowledge of the subject: he must use pencil and paper and work through the examples and problems for himself.
This is how the preface of the Mathematical Handbook – Elementary Mathematics by M. Vygodsky ends. The book has about 420 pages and was first published in 1979 by Mir Publishers. The book I have is the fourth reprint in 1984 and was translated from Russian by George Yankovsky. This book has been reprinted by Visalandhra (last reprint 2005) and CBS (2004) both. In fact you can still purchase the Elementary Mathematics handbook from Flipkart for just Rs. 80.
The book has following sections
Tables,Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry (Plane and Solid), Trigonometry, Functions and Graphs
The current scan is from VisalAndhra Publishing House 2005 print. The scan quality is not very good.
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Handbook and Textbook:
An attempt has been made to combine the merits of both books in one text.
If this Handbook caught your attention then the Mathematical Handbook – Higher Mathematics by Vygodsky must seen. The book has about 820 pages, almost double the size of the one on Elementary Mathematics.
The English translation was first published by Mir in 1975. The one I have is Fourth Reprint in 1984, and translation is by George Yankovsky.
This book is with me since I needed to have a Reference book for Mathematics. The Preface says:
This handbook is a continuation of the Handbook of Elementary Mathematics by the same author and includes the material usually studied in a mathematics course in higher educational institutions.
The designation of this handbook is twofold.
Firstly it is reference work in which the reader can find definitions (what is a vector product) and factual information, such as how to find the surface of a solid of revolution or how to expand the function in a trigonometric series, and so on. Definitions, theorems, rules and formulas (accompanied by examples and practical hints) are readily found by reference to the comprehensive index or table of contents.
Secondly, the handbook is intended for systematic reading. It does not take the place of a textbook and so full proofs are only given in exceptional cases. However, it can well serve as a material for the first acquaintance with the subject.
This book is listed in Flipkart for Rs. 388/-, but is currently unavailable. I do not know if there are any translations of these books in Indian languages.
The Higher Mathematics handbook has a photo with autograph, no details about the photograph are given.
I think the photo is of the author M. Vygodsky,
but I am not sure. If anyone knows whose photo it is, please let me know. [P.S. Sanjay has told [see comment] that this photo is indeed of M. Vygodsky]. The paper of the book was considerably yellowed, so this photo of that page, is no that good. But I have tried my best, to present it.