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NICERON, Jean François.
THAUMATURGUS OPTICUS. seu Admiranda. Optices, per radium directum; Catoptrices, per reflexum è politis corporibus, planis, cylindricis, conicis, polyedris, polygonis & aliis: Dioptrices, per refractum in diaphanis. In quibus praer Scenographiae sue perspectiuae communis fundamenta, praxes facillimas & demonstrationes ... Opus curiosum & utile pictoribus, architectis, statuariis, sculptoribus, caelatoribus, & quibuscumque aliis, quorum opera in delineandi studio posita est. Pars Prima de iss quae spectant ad visionem directam ad Eminum Cardinalem Mazarinum. Lutetia Parisiorum, Typis and formis Francisco Langlois, aliàs dicti Chartres, viâ Iacobaeâ sub insigni Columnarium Herculis.
1646. Small folio, pp. [xxxii], 222, [2] blank; with fine engraved frontispiece signed S. Voüet, 42 engraved plates, woodcut head and tail pieces, and numerous woodcut text illustrations; a little foxed and browned throughout (though principally marginal), with a few leaves more prominently browned, plates 18 and 19 with more noticeable marginal browning, plates 4 and 32 with some oxidisation; Revised first Latin edition of Jean François Niceron's important work on the practical applications of perspective, catoptrics, and dioptrics, and on the illusory effects of optics then traditionally associated with natural magic, first published in French in 1638 as 'Perspective curieuse ou magie artificielle'. Having penned the original work for practitioners, Niceron intended with this Latin translation to reach a more erudite circle of readers, including more theoretical material, a description of his instruments, and more illustrations. His untimely death, however, prevented his plan to publish a revised and expanded second French edition. This project was initially carried out on by Niceron's former teacher Marin Mersenne, but he too died in 1648 without completing the translation. Gilles Personne de Roberval finally saw the second edition of La perspective curieuse through to press in 1652. Divided into two books, as opposed to four books in the 1638 edition, the present Latin edition (which is treated by many bibliographers as a separate work), is notable not only for the additional fine illustrations, but for the inclusion at pp.190-204 of the 'Scenographum Catholicum sive In … [Click Below for Full Description]
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