2 December 2010
[PERSPECTIVE]. -- ADHÉMER, Joseph-Alphonse (1797-1862). Traité de perspective a l'usage des artistes. Paris: Bachelier, Carilian-Goeury and the author, 1836.
2o (406 x 286 mm). 62 lithographed plates. (Some foxing throughout.) Original boards (rubbed).
FIRST EDITION. Martin Kemp writes: "A good example of an author who attempts to embrace the mathematical, pictorial and technically illustrative aspects of perspective in this period is J.J. Adhémar, one of the Mongean theorists... His solution to the depiction of a spiral staircase in his Perspective (pl. 36) bears some resemblance to the traditional solutions for this classic problem, but the way in which he describes the generation of the three dimensional curve as a spatial motion in relation to the horizontal and vertical planes is fully in keeping with Monge's descriptive principles" (Kemp, The Science of Art, p.232). Vagnetti FIb51.
[With:] VALENCIENNES, Pierre Henri (1750-1819). Élémens de perspective pratique.... Paris, 1820. 4o (251 x 206 mm). 36 engraved plates. Contemporary mottled calf (some light rubbing). Second edition. See Tufte, Visual Explanations, p16, for a comparison of Valenciennes' deployment of toga-people perspectively several years before Repton used the technique. (2)
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