London, South Kensington
5 June 2007
BARTOLI, Cosimo (c.1503-1572). Del modo di misurare le distantie, le superficie, i corpi, le piante.... Venice: Francesco Franceschi, 1564. 4° (222 x 167mm). Title within a woodcut architectural and historiated border, portrait of the author, 2 folding plates and numerous illustrations and diagrams in the text (quire o rather browned). Contemporary limp vellum (rubbed, spine darkened). Provenance: Daniel de Bruel (18th-century at foot of last page) - Biblioteca Civica di Bergamo (small library and release stamps).
THE RARE FIRST EDITION of this celebrated work by Bartoli, dedicated to Cosimo I of Tuscany. It contains a series of reflections on the problems of measuring distances and height using geometrical methods and much attention is also paid to the questions of prospective and geometrical projection while the fourth book deals with the construction and use of the compass. The author acknowledges his debt to, inter alios, Dürer, Alberti, Fine, Stoeffler and Peurbach. Riccardi I, 50; Smith p.315; Mortimer 45l; Gamba 1248.
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