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Architectura universalis.
Ulm, J.S. Medern, 1635. [ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURE AND SHIPWRIGHTING] FIRST EDITION. Folio. pp. (ii) (xxiv) 159 (i), without added author’s engraved portrait as usual. Large Gothic letter. T-p in red and black with typographic border, 61 double-page engraved plates (1 unnumbered, 5 folding), decorated initials, head- and tailpieces. Margins of t-p a bit thumbed, small interlinear repair, faint water stain at upper gutter or to upper outer corner of few gatherings, slight marginal foxing, couple of tears to lower margin, small marginal hole to plate 37 just touching border, one to p. 77 touching catchword on verso, few ll. lightly age yellowed, tiny worm holes to blank upper outer corners, plate 60 minimally torn at fold. A good copy in slightly later half vellum over marbled boards, modern paper label to spine, little rubbed, C18 inscription ‘N.181 Zimmermann (?) Bland(?)’ to upper blank margin of first plate, contemporary inscription ‘Exemplari Collegii (?) Wengensis Ulmo (?)’ to t-p. Good, clean copy of the first edition of this handsomely illustrated, influential work on military architecture and shipwrighting. Of 11 German copies we have been able to consult, only 4 have the additional author’s engraved portrait whilst the remaining 7, like this one, do not; no portrait is recorded in US copies. Born in Germany, Joseph Furttenbach (1591-1667) spent twenty years in Italy to train as a merchant with his uncles; he also studied engineering and architecture developing a side-interest in scenic design for theatre plays and pageants, several of which he described in detail. ‘A … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Sokol Books Ltd. ABA ILAB [London, United Kingdom]
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