6 December 2013
DÜRER, Albrecht (1471-1528). Underweysung der messung, mit dem zirckel und richtscheyt in Linien ebnen unnd gantzen corporen. Nuremberg: [Hieronymus Andreas Formschneider], 1525.
2o (288 x 206 mm). 88 leaves (of 90, lacks text leaf M3 and without final blank). Numerous woodcuts of geometrical diagrams and architectural renderings, two, on P4v and Q1r, extended with pasted-in folding slips to demonstrate a point in perspective (folding slip on Q1r trimmed affecting image), two figures on C5v and K1r printed on pasted-in cancel slips correcting the original figures; two half-page woodcuts showing artists using Dürer's drafting apparatus for drawing in perspective, the second with Dürer's monogram and dated 1525 (as are 2 of the triumphal column cuts); roman and gothic alphabets. (Lacking text leaf M3, title and first gathering with marginal repairs affecting text, B2 with large portion of page replaced affecting image, G6 torn and repaired.) Modern calf.
FIRST EDITION of the first of Dürer's theoretical writings to be published, and one of the first mathematical works published in German. Specifically intended for practicing artists but equally useful for the applied arts -- architecture, stonemasonry, lettering, ornamentation - Dürer's treatise on mensuration introduced to Northern Europe the principles and practices of a system of projection that had been refined by the artists of the Italian Renaissance. An apparently unrecorded state of the text, with the title corresponding to Bohatta 1b and the last leaf without the imprint corresponding to Bohatta variant 2. Adams D-1057; Berlin Kat 4607; Bohatta Ia; Meder XXVI 1; Norman 665; PMM 54; Stillwell 161.
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