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Le Due Regole della Prospettiva Pratica. con Comentarij del R.P.M. Egnatio Danti.

      Roma, Stamperia Camerale, 1611 - Folio (cm 35), contemporary vellum with manuscript title on spine, a good genuine copy. With beautiful allegorical engraved title page by Cherubino Alberti, eight full-page engravings demonstrating perspective, and numerous in-text geometric woodcuts and copper-engravings; pp. 88), 145, (5 with woodcut device at the end). Second edition, with Ignatio Danti's geometric proofs, the text that provided Galileo with his knowledge of optics. The Prospettiva Pratica, first published in 1583, argues for a naturalistic justification of linear perspective by explaining the anatomy and physiology of the human eye. Art historian Erwin Panofsky established the standard view of the two chief methods of Renaissance perspective: the legitimate construction and the focal-point construction. The first, he claimed, was a theoretical method begun in Italy, whereas the focal-point construction was a practical method begun in the North and introduced to Italy in 1583 by way of the first edition of this work. The focal-point method has its theoretical basis in Euclidean geometry, first advanced by Alberti in his De Pictura (1435) and later augmented by Ignatio Danti. Galileo's knowledge of optics was especially informed by Danti's commentary in Vignola's treatise. Fowler 387. Brunet V, 1220. Graesse VI, 314. [Attributes: First Edition]

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