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LENCKER, Hans.
Perspectiva hierinnen auffs kürtzte beschrieben, mit Exempeln eröffnet und an Tag gegeben wird, ein newer besonder kurtzer, doch gerechter unnd sehr leichter Weg, wie allerley Ding, es seyen Corpora, Gebew, oder was möglich zuerdencken und in Grund zulegen ist, verruckt oder unverruckt, ferner in die Perspectyf gebracht werden mag, on einige vergebliche Linie, Riss un[d] Puncten, [et]c, dergleichen Weg bisshero noch nit bekant gewesen.Nürnberg, Dietrich Gerlach, 1571. Small folio (29 x 19 cm). With the title within a woodcut border, 10 full-page woodcuts within collation and 1 double-page woodcut within collation (the latter not included in page numbering). Boards (ca. 1900).
[6], XXIX ll.First and only edition of a well illustrated manual on perspective by the Nuremberg goldsmith Hans Lencker (1523-1585), intended for craftsmen. It was the technical counterpart to Lencker's playful Perspectiva literaria (1567) and it would earn him a position at the Saxon court in Dresden."It teaches the method of perspective through illustrations of precisely constructed geometric solids and other objects in eleven full-page woodcuts, such as one demonstrating a skeletal, semiregular polyhedron and a spiral staircase (here improving smartly on the staircase attempted a generation earlier by Rodler). In his preface Lencker promises to give the reader not the useless "hull" of the doctrine of perspective but the "kernel". He notes that perspective is a noble art known to physicians and other authorities on nature and the heavens. Lencker explains his methods and instruments in a German-language text but insists on the primacy of the visual evidence" (Wood).With some stamps. Title-page soiled and with some minor restorations, some small stains on the second leaf, some small wormholes in the last three leaves, one woodcut shaved (several others with the fore-edge margin folded), otherwise in good condition.l Berlin Kat. 4696; Honeyman 1985; Vagnetti EIIb27; VD16 L1147; C.S. Wood, “The perspective treatise in ruins” in: The treatise on perspective (2003), p. 236.
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