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SCHEINER, Christoph (1573-1650). Pantographice seu ars delineandi res quaslibet per parallelogrammum lineare seu cavum, mechanicum, mobile. Rome: L. Grignani, 1631. Small 4° (237 x 174mm). Half title, engraved frontispiece, engraved illustrations, woodcut initials (frontispiece with short small wormhole, else some, mainly marginal, worming, occasionally affecting a letter of text or shoulder notes, light dampstaining at beginning and towards the end, lightly spotted). 18th-century boards, manuscript paper label on spine (worn). Provenance: Dr. Moriz Grolig, Vienna (bookplate) -- stamp with initials "CM" on verso of title and margin of final leaf of text.
FIRST EDITION. Scheiner invented the pantograph, an instrument for copying plans on any scale, during 1603-5 while he was training as a teacher in Dillingen. His results were published in the above work in 1631. Loosely inserted in this copy is a price list for precision pantographs, Special-Preisliste der Präcisions-Pantographen mit freischwebenden Armen, nebst Anleitung zum Gebrauch derselben. Cicognara 658: "Quest' opera fu la prima che ci presentasse completo l'uso del Pantografo".
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