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CRESCENZI, Bartolomeo (fl. 1565-1607). Proteo militare …. Diuiso in tre libri nel primo si descrive la fabrica di detto Proteo, ... Nel secondo, e terzo si tratta dell'uso di detto istrumento …. S’insegna ancora l’arte del navigare. Naples: Gio. Iacomo Carlino e Antonio Pace, 1595.
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CRESCENZI, Bartolomeo (fl. 1565-1607). Proteo militare …. Diuiso in tre libri nel primo si descrive la fabrica di detto Proteo, ... Nel secondo, e terzo si tratta dell'uso di detto istrumento …. S’insegna ancora l’arte del navigare. Naples: Gio. Iacomo Carlino e Antonio Pace, 1595.

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CRESCENZI, Bartolomeo (fl. 1565-1607). Proteo militare …. Diuiso in tre libri nel primo si descrive la fabrica di detto Proteo, ... Nel secondo, e terzo si tratta dell'uso di detto istrumento …. S’insegna ancora l’arte del navigare. Naples: Gio. Iacomo Carlino e Antonio Pace, 1595.

4° (215 x 155mm). 6 full-page engraved illustrations by Antonio Giamin, numerous woodcuts, some also full page. (Heavy waterstaining at beginning and end, marginal soiling, wormholes in margin of title continuing up to quire E and recurring in Q-R, some filled in, the first three engravings affected by the waterstaining and worming and with some repairs, S1 with marginal tear.) 18th-century mottled green Italian parchment, paper spine label in manuscript, uncut (some defects in spine). Provenance: Harrison D. Horblit (book label; in his sale, Sotheby Parke Bernet, 27 July 1981, lot 268).

FIRST EDITION of a treatise which Crescenzio began writing in 1591. It was reprinted in the author’s Nautica mediterranea (Rome, 1602) together with two other previously published works. By calling it the ‘Military Proteus’ he stressed the military and naval uses of his instrument, but the unusual name also suggests its great adaptability. He explores its uses for figures in geometry and for perspective in pictures, sculpture and architecture, its multiple applications making it an important precursor to Gaileo’s proportional compass. BL/STC Italian p.559; Riccardi I (2), 388-9: ‘raro’.
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