9 February 2000
DRER, Albrecht (1471-1528). Hierinn sind begriffen vier bcher von menschlicher Proportion. Edited by Willibald Pirckheimer. Nuremberg: Hieronymus Andreae Formschneider for Drer's widow, 31 October 1528.
2o (292 x 198 mm). Gothic type, mostly double column. Drer's large woodcut monogram on title, approximately 136 full-length proportional woodcuts of human figures, many two to a page, and numerous smaller, geometrical or proportional woodcut diagrams, some of individual body parts (heads, arms, hands or feet), fraktur initials, flourished woodcut tail-piece ornaments, 5 fold-out sheets printed on both sides, colophon on verso of Z3 (title-page tipped in, repair to 170 mm tear on fold-out sheet S4, a few very small marginal tears and worm-holes repaired, some light marginal browning and occasional foxing). Modern vellum, large Drer monogram inked on front cover; quarter morocco cloth case.
FIRST EDITION. "Notable for its extraordinary series of anthropometrical woodcuts" (Garrison-Morton-Norman). The four books cover the correct proportions of fat, medium and thin adult figures, children's figures, the changing of proportions according to mathematical rules, and the movement of bodies in space. "The first work to discuss the problems of comparative and differential anthropometry" (Norman). Bohatta 17; Choulant-Frank pp. 143-144; Garrison-Morton-Norman 149; NLM/Durling 1295; Norman 666; Stillwell Science 666.
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