30 April 2008,
London, King Street
Price realised GBP 6,000
Estimate GBP 3,000 - GBP 5,000
DANFRIE, Philippe (1531-c.1606). Declaration de l'usage du Graphometre. -Traicte de l'usage du Trigometre. Paris: P. Danfrie, 1597.
8° in half-sheets (183 x 123mm). Printed with Danfrie's second and fourth civilité types, 14 copper-engravings, 11 full-page, from 12 plates, four woodcut illustrations, 2 full-page. (Light dampstain.) 18th-century calf, ruled in gilt, FFF stamp on spine, red speckled edges (rubbed at extremities, neat repairs to spine). Provenance: Francis Ferrand Foljambe (binding).
FIRST EDITION, and one of only two books printed with these civilité types. An instrument maker, fine metal worker, and engraver (including of bookbinding tools), Danfrie was appointed "graveur général des monnaies de France" in 1582. His was the second civilité fount, following Robert Granjon's, which was modelled on a different French hand. Danfrie's early civilité types were used in books printed by Danfrie and Richard Breton or by Breton alone. The civilité types used here "represent the native French handwriting at a stage of development later" than his and Granjon's types produced at mid-century. Danfrie himself was the author of this work describing an instrument he invented for measuring angles. The privilege leaf (R4r) is in its second state, with lines 6, 9 and 10 ending "toutes", "pareil", and "sans que". Mortimer Harvard Italian 163; Carter and Vervliet, Civilité types, 280.
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