6 December 2013
DÜRER, Albercht. ... Quatuor his suarum institutionum geometricarum libris, lineas, superficies & solida corpora tractauit, adhibitis designationibus, ad eam rem accommodatissimis. Paris: Christian Wechel, 1535.
2o (334 x 214 mm). Wechel's Pegasus device (Renouard 1116) on title and last leaf, 184 woodcuts of geometrical diagrams and architectural renderings in text (25 full-page, one double-page, 3 half-page woodcuts showing artists using Dürer's drafting apparatus for drawing in perspective, the first with Dürer's monogram and dated 1525 repeated, two on P6 and Q1 with extension slips). (Minor worming to blank margin of first and last few leaves, some light mostly marginal staining.) 18th-century quarter calf and patterned paper paste boards (some staining, light worming to endpapers). Provenance: Jean Michel Cantacuzéne (bookplate).
Second Latin edition of Dürer's treatise on mensuration. The Underweysung der Messung here in Camerarius's Latin translation was the first of Dürer's three theoretical works on art to be published. Camerarius masterly translation is responsible for widening Duerer's audience throughout Europe. See PMM 54; Adams D-1048; Brunet II:913; Fairfax Murray French Books 137 (note); Mortimer French 183.
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