Pratique de la Geometrie sur le Papier et sur le Terrain. Ou par une Methode nouvelle & singuliere l’on peut avec facilité & en peu de temps se perfectionner en cette science. Sébastien LE CLERC.

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Pratique de la Geometrie sur le Papier et sur le Terrain. Ou par une Methode nouvelle & singuliere l’on peut avec facilité & en peu de temps se perfectionner en cette science.

Engraved frontis., an engraved head-piece at beginning of the dedication, & 82 full-page engravings in the text. 4 p.l. (incl. frontis.), 188, [8] pp. 12mo, late 18th-cent. light brown morocco, sides with gilt fillets & concentric circles, flat spine gilt, a.e.g., signed at foot of spine “Rel. P. Bozerian.” Paris: J. Jombert, 1682.

Second edition, bound by Bozerian, of this popular manual for artists and architects. This is “one of the most attractive little mathematical works ever published.”–Hofer, Baroque Book Illustration, pp. 14 & 32. The illustrations in this book show beautiful small landscapes in the lower portion of the image, while the upper portion shows geometrical diagrams; many are animated by figures (peasants, soldiers, noblemen in contemporary costume). Leclerc’s style of illustration strongly influenced the 18th-century French vignettists, prefiguring the grace and elegance of the best French rococo.

Le Clerc (1637-1714), a native of Lorraine, adapted the technique of his countryman Jacques Callot. Professor of geometry and perspective at the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, Le Clerc also worked for Louis XIV as “graveur du Roi.”

Fine copy. Tiny chip to head of upper joint.

Price: $1,650.00

Item ID: 6017

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