COUSIN, Jean (1490?-1560). Livre de Perspective. Paris: Jean Le Royer, 28 June 1560.
2° (414 x 284mm). Woodcut device on title, woodcut frontispiece, 58 woodcut geometrical diagrams (5 folding, 16 full-page) by Le Royer and Aubin Olivier. (Title strengthened at outer margin, D2 folded but slightly tattered at outer margin, small section of lower blank outer margin of N2 torn away, some light spotting.) Contemporary limp vellum (ties defective), modern calf-backed cloth box.
A VERY FINE COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION of Cousin the Elder's treatise, cited by Updike as 'beyond praise for its simplicity and elegance - one of the handsomest volumes of its time'. The work explains the tiers points method of perspectival construction, perfected by Cousin. He appears to have been involved in most aspects of the books production, Le Royer's masterpiece, which has been rightly called "one of the most perfectly designed books which have ever been produced' (Ivins Books & Prints, 1927, pp.75-77). Adams C-2852; Berlin Kat. 4690; Cicognara 832; Mortimer Harvard French 157; Updike I, p.202.