Paris: Christian Wechel, 1532.
1st Edition. Soft cover. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Very Good. Item #003119
9 August 1532. Folio (320 x 225 mm). , 185,  pp., title and last page with printer's tree device, with three large and numerous smaller woodcut diagrams, one double-page, B1 and H4 printed recto and verso with full-page blocks, tipped-in extension slips to diagrams on P6r and Q1r (the second cropped at fold with loss of the extension). Signatures: a4 A-P6 Q4. Contemporary limp vellum with yapp edges and ink lettering on spine (cover restored at spine and lower corner of front cover, vellum browned, lightly soiled and spotted), later endpapers. Protected in slipcase. Internally only little browned, 2-3 small wormholes in first and last few leaves, closed on title, light waterstaining at beginning and end (mostly marginal, affecting first woodcut), some light spotting. Leaf a4 smaller in size and mounted on stub. Provenance: Thomacalli (inscription at foot of title, below a scored inscription); Carlo Birago (signature below illustration on a4); Giancarlo Beltrame Library. Still a very good, wide-margined copy in its original binding. ----
Adams D-1046; Harvard/Mortimer French 182; cf. PMM 54. - FIRST LATIN EDITION of Dürer's landmark study on the theory of art, introducing to a northern European audience a 'completely new attitude to artistic creation which had crystallized in Italy during the Renaissance' (PMM). Dürer explains the application of practical geometry to drawings and paintings: 'these methods were to be applied to architecture, painting, lettering (Dürer designed both Roman and Gothic letters) and ornamental forms in general... in the illustration of these principles lies the great historical importance of Dürer's theoretical writings... they were the foundation of accepted aesthetic dogma until the nineteenth century' (PMM). The work was first published in German as "Underweysung der Messung" at Nuremberg in 1525. The first Latin edition is however much rarer than this first edition. - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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