Arnhem: Johan Jansen, 1603.
1st Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. Item #003375
Three parts in one volume, folio (295 x 198 mm). 2, 90, 132 (including 4 fold. bifols.), 26 (including 8 folding and 1 double-page bifols.) unnumbered leaves. With separate title to each part, Dürer's woodcut monogram on general title and on first two part-titles, woodcut intials and numerous text-illustrations and diagrams, many full-page, double-page or folding. Part I with 2 printed woodcut folding extension slips on P4v and Q1r, and final blank Q4; part II with elegia by Willibald Pirckheimer on Z5 and final blank Z6; part III title with large woodcut coat of arms of Ferdinand I. Signatures: [pi]2, A-N6 O-Q4; A-M6 N4 P-R6 S8 [bifols. O2/5, S4/5, S6/7 folding] T4 V-Z6 [bifol. Y3/4 folding]; A6 [bifol. A4/5 bound after A1] B4 [bifols. B1 and B3 folding] C-E6 [C5 misbound after C2, bifols. C1, C4, D3/4, E1/6 and E3/4 folding] F2 [bifols. F1 and F2 folding]. Contemporary binding reusing late 13th-century vellum manuscript missal leaf (short splits to joints at head and tail of spine, original manuscript erased from spine and contemporary title and classmark added in ink manuscript, flyleaves removed). Browning and minor spotting of text as usual, dampstaining to lower gutter of most of part I and margins of part III, small wormtrack at center of blank gutter extending from beginning through first 6 leaves, title trimmed at top by 15 mm, part I woodcut on H2v shaved at foot just touching image, image on I1 slightly shaved at fore-margin; part II woodcuts on Q6v, R1v, R3v, S6v, V5v, V6r Y5v slightly shaved at one margin just touching image or index letter, small hole in V4 costing one letter verso, long tear to X2 entering image (without loss), large woodcut initial on Z4v cropped at top margin; part III folding bifol. B2 split at center fold and outer portion with fraying along vertical edges loosely inserted, bifol. D3 shaved at lower margin costing signature, bifol. F2 creased and partly split at fold. A few short tears and old minor paper repairs in places, many of the female genitalia stained (now faded) in an attempt to censor with occasional loss of a few letters. Provenance: Mich[ael] Streiter (late 18th/early 19th-century inscription on general title). Collated and complete. ----
Bruckner 3 (with main title in variant beta); Meder XXVI, XXVIII and XXIX; VD17 3:315265B (w. wrong foliation). VERY RARE FIRST COMPLETE EDITION of Dürer's printed works in German. It brings together his three major treatises: Underweysung der Messung, mit dem Zirckel vnnd Richtscheyt... (on measurement, symmetry, perspective and construction of the letters of the alphabet, 4th ed. in German); Hierinn sind begriffen vier Bücher von menschlicher Proportion (on the proportions of the human body, 2nd edition in German); and Etliche vnderricht zu, befestigung der Stett (the design of fortification systems, 4th edition in German). The edition is illustrated with numerous woodcuts Dürer made using the original blocks from the editions of 1525-1528, and include overslips and double-page or folding leaves. Many of the oversized illustrations extend close to sheet edges which makes it virtually impossible to find copies with none of such woodcut having been shaved by the binder's knife. Further, complete copies as ours are exceptionally rare in the trade.
Content: Underweysung der Messung, mit dem Zirckel vnnd Richtscheyt, in Linien, ebnen vnnd gantzen Corporen, durch Albrecht Dürer zü samen getzogen vnnd zü nutz allen Kunst lieb habenden, mit zü gehörigen Figuren in Truck gebracht, im jar .M.D.XXv. (half title) Das dryt Büchlein, von den corperlichen Dingen. (colophon 1603) -- Hierinn sind begriffen vier Bücher von menschlicher Proportion, durch Albrechten Dürer von Nürerberg erfunden vnd beschriben, zü nutz allen denen, so zü diser funft lieb tragen -- Etliche vnderricht zu, befestigung der Stett, Schlosz vnd Flecken. (colophon 1603).
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