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    Dürer's "Course in the Art of Measurement," together with Jacques Du Fouilloux's Treatise on Hunting and Hawking

    Albrecht Dürer. Institutionum Geometricarum Libri quatuor. In quibus, lineas, superficies, & solida corpora, ita tractavit, ut non Matheseos solum studiosis, sed & pictoribus...Arnheim: Ex Officina Johannis Jansonii, Bibliopolae, 1606. [Bound together with (as the third part):] Jacques Du Fouilloux. Neuw Jag unnd Weydwerck Buch, Das ist, ein grundtliche beschreibung vom Anfang der Jagten...[And:] Anderer Theil der Adelichen Weydwerck, Nemlich Falckenerey, Beyssen und Federspiel. Frankfurt: Johann Feyerabend for Sigmund Feyerabend, 1582]. Fifth and last Latin edition of Dürer's Institutionum Geometricarum (first published in German as Underweysung der Messung in 1525), and first edition in German of Du Fouilloux's La Venerie (first published in 1531) and first edition illustrated thus. Two works (in three parts) in one folio volume (12 x 7.75 inches; 304 x 198 mm.). The Institutionum Geometricarum: 185, [3, blank] pages (lacking the four preliminary leaves, including title, but complete with final blank leaf?). Signature collation: A-P6 Q4. Two half-page figural woodcuts and numerous partly full-page woodcut diagrams; this copy with the very rare paste-on fold-out illustrations on pages 181 and 183. A few leaves possibly supplied. The Neuw Jag unnd Weydwerck Buch: lacking title to first part, leaves F1-F4, and S1 (a cancel?) and S6 (blank). The title to the second part is bound in place of the first. Numerous woodcut illustrations after Jost Amman. Decorative woodcut tail-pieces and initials; type ornament tail-pieces.

    Contemporary vellum over thin boards with fore-edge extensions. Covers with blind double fillet border and central heraldic stamp in black of the Truchsess von Waldburg family. Spine with faint ink lettering. Remains of green silk ties. Edges stained blue. Binding rubbed; vellum soiled and stained. Mostly faint dampstaining throughout; a few additional small stains. A few leaves with short marginal tears. A good copy. Small bookseller's ticket on rear pastedown.


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    "[Dürer's Institutionum Geometricarum]-'A Course in the Art of Measurement'-was the first of the theoretical writings on art which Albrecht Dürer composed towards the end of his life. Its immediate object was to explain the application of practical geometry to drawing and painting and to teach the principles of perspective. These methods were to be applied to architecture, painting, lettering (Dürer designed both Roman and Gothic letters) and ornamental forms in general, and his book is therefore addressed not only to artists but also to sculptors, architects, goldsmiths, stonemasons and other craftsmen. The work is divided into four books dealing with the problems of linear geometry, the two-dimensional figures, the construction of regular polygons, and the application of geometry in a practical manner to architecture, engineering, typography, etc.; and it ends with a discussion of three-dimensional bodies, stereometry and perspective. Dürer illustrated his book with woodcuts, some of which show the apparatus he constructed in order to produce correct drawing by mechanical rather than mathematical means" (Printing and the Mind of Man 54).

    From the Krown & Spellman Collection.



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