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ART. PERSPECTIVE. Gargiolli, Guglielmo (d. 1664)
Iride celeste de Guglielmo Gargiolli [...] Strumento con il quale con facilita si puo disegnare qualsivoglia veduta, e sapere la sua giusta altezza, larghezza, e lontanaza dal luog'ove si sta a disegnarla.
Florence: Giovanni Antonio Bonardi, 1655. FIRST EDITION.. Quarto:. A fine copy in contemporary vellum, slightly loose, with minor faults: two small holes in the portrait, touching the image only very slightly. The third plate with two similar holes, not affecting the image. Second plate lightly toned. Small natural paper flaw in M2. As in all copies, the illustrations on pages 74-75 were corrected in the printing shop by attaching new separately printed diagrams. H1 is a cancel. L4 excised (as in all copies examined; pagination is continuous.) The engraved portrait-frontispiece of the author, while not signed, is attributed to Stefano della Bella (See De Vesme, p. 95). Rare: 4 copies in North America: Columbia, Harvard, Wisconsin, Getty. Very rare first edition of this treatise on perspective by Guglielmo Gargiolli, the renowned mathematician of the Medici courts of Siena and Florence, and a correspondent of Galileo. The work is dedicated to Ferdinand II, Grand Duke of Tuscany. The illustration includes many woodcut diagrams in the text and 5 folding plates showing the instruments and their applications in landscapes, urban settings, rendering letterforms.Gargiolli gives the description of two instrument of his own invention, the Iride Celeste ("Celestial Iris") and the Croce Travaliata which enable one to draw proportionally accurate perspective views, as well as to estimate, from a distance, the dimensions of an object and its distance from the observer. The work begins with essential lessons in geometry (how to calculate the dimensions and volumes of complex geometric s … [Click Below for Full Description]
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