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    Landmarks of Science & Medicine from the Library of Andras Gedeon

    23 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 51

    BACON, Roger (c.1214-94). Perspectiva. Frankfurt: Wolfgang Richter for Anton Humm, 1614. 2 parts, small 4° (185 x 140mm). Numerous woodcut diagrams and illustrations in the text, some-full page (quite browned throughout, spotted). Modern calf. Provenance: Michel Chasles (his sale Paris 1881 lot 3633) -- Arnaud de Vitry (bookplate on an inserted leaf before title).

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    BACON, Roger (c.1214-94). Perspectiva. Frankfurt: Wolfgang Richter for Anton Humm, 1614. 2 parts, small 4° (185 x 140mm). Numerous woodcut diagrams and illustrations in the text, some-full page (quite browned throughout, spotted). Modern calf. Provenance: Michel Chasles (his sale Paris 1881 lot 3633) -- Arnaud de Vitry (bookplate on an inserted leaf before title).

    FIRST EDITION, edited from the manuscript by Johann Crombach (1585-1651). Bacon's main sources for his theories on optics and perspective were Euclid, Ptolemy, and Alhazen, and he 'followed Grosseteste in emphasizings the use of lenses, not only for burning, but also for magnification, to aid natural vision' (DSB).


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