London, South Kensington
8 April 2009
COLLINS, John (1625-1683). Geometricall Dyalling... Being a full Explination and Demonstration of divers difficulties in the Works of Learned Mr. Samuel Foster deceased, late Professor os Astronomy in Gresham Colledge... Lastly , the making of Dyals from three shadows of Gnomon place in a Wall at random... London: Printed by Thomas Johnson for Fancis Cossinet... Also to be sold by Henry Sutton, 1659. 4° (185 x 146mm). Engraved frontispiece, 19 engraved plates, one engraving in text, numerous woodcuts including one full page (possibly missing front endpaper, small tear to margin of frontispiece, piece torn away from rear endpaper). Contemporary panelled calf with armorial stamp and floral blinds to corners, later leather label to spine (rubbed and scuffed). Provenance: contemporary marginalia to plate opposite p.34; Mark Dineley (armorial bookplate). Wing C5373.
ENGRAVINGS BY HENRY SUTTON (C.1624-1665), considered one of "the outstanding makers of mathematical instruments" (Daumas p.64), had collaborated with Collins in 1658 for The Sector on a Quadrant", the quality of his engraving earned praise a century later when Edmund stone described his work as "the finest divided Instruments in the World". An advertisement at the end of the preface offers instruments made by "William Sutton in Upper Shadwell", his relationship to Henry Sutton remains uncertain.
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