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I'm about to finish my Algebra 1 text and I could use some recommendations for a text to prepare for Calculus. I've searched through several forums and some of the books I've seen recommended are:

College Algebra by Charles Lehmann 1963 - Supposedly rigorous and proof heavy. Pretty rare and expensive. Has been in print for 4 decades(in mexico).

Modern Introductory Analysis by Dolciani - I've seen this book recommended quite a few times. I've gotten my hands on several of her other texts and they seem pretty decent. I have a copy of her Modern Algebra and Trig coming to me in the mail right now.

College Algebra - Louis Leithold - It seems his Calculus texts are universally loved. Somehow, I came across a favorable review of this book written in the 70's when it first came out.

If you have any experience with these texts or other texts that you think would be good for self-study, please let me know.

Also, I've looked through a dozen or so Calculus texts and of the ones I've read I really liked Thomas' Calculus and Analytic Geometry second edition and Howard Antons Calculus with Analytic Geometry. I would love your opinions on these texts.

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I recommend looking at Sheldon Axler's Precaclulus: A Prelude to Calculus. For reader reviews at amazon.com, see the reviews for this earlier edition.

Also, Ralph Palmer Agnew's 1962 book Calculus. Analytic Geometry and Calculus, with Vectors is freely available on the internet and a joy to read.

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