5 December 2008
POZZO, Andrea (1642-1709). Rules and Examples of Perspective Proper for Painters and Architects, etc. In English and Latin. London: Benjamin Motte, 1707.
2o (406 x 260 mm). Latin and English title-pages, text in Latin and English. Engraved frontispiece, 101 engraved plates, engraved portrait of Queen Anne on first dedication leaf, and numerous engraved historiated initials in text by John Sturt (some soiling and staining, small repair along lower margin of frontispiece). (A few minor marginal tears, repaired tear on verso of English title-page.) Modern half calf. Provenance: J. P. Manners (signature on Latin title-page); T. Beach (signature on frontispiece); James Thornhill (signature on English title-page).
FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, translated from the first part of Andrea Pozzo's Perpectiva (Rome, 1693) by the architect John James (ca 1672-1746). Its lavish plates and clarity in explaining the elements of perspective made Pozzo's treatise a work of immense usefulness to both artists and artists. In the "Approbation," Christopher Wren, John Vanbrugh, and Nicholas Hawkesmoor endorse the translation, stating: "At the request of the Engraver, We have perus'd this volume of Perspective; and judge it a work that deserves Encouragement, and very proper for Instruction in that Art." Despite the support and the beautiful plates, a translation of the second part of Pozzo's treatise did not appear, and a second edition of this translation was not published until 1725. Fowler 252.
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