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PECKHAM, John, GALLUCCI, Giovanni Paolo.
I tre libri della perspettiva commune.
Venice, appresso gli eredi di Giovanni Varisco, 1593. [OPTICS, MIRRORS AND VISION] FIRST EDITION thus. 4to. ff. (viii) 48. Roman letter, little Italic. Woodcut printer’s device to t-p, 64 geometrical diagrams, decorated initials. Few ll. browned (poorly dried paper), faint water stain to last three gatherings in places, very minor marginal foxing. A good copy in contemporary vellum, modern bookplate to front pastedown, ’12 May 1823’ and casemark inked to fep, autograph ‘Marcius(?) Meraius’ [Müller] to t-p, small not modern stamp to lower outer blank corner of last. In modern folding box. A good copy of the first edition of the first Italian translation of this fundamental optics manual—a ‘rare book’ (Riccardi I/1, 570), ‘rarer’—according to Guglielmo Libri—‘than the original work’ (‘Catalogo’, 1861, n.5656). Giovanni Paolo Gallucci (1538-c.1621) was a renowned mathematician and cosmographer, with interests in astrology; he was also a frequent translator of medical and scientific works, including ‘I tre libri’. This was a major optics manual written by the English Franciscan John Peckham (c.1230-92), student at Paris under St Bonaventure, and later professor at Oxford and archbishop of Canterbury. Inspired by the theories of Francis Bacon, whom he met either in Paris or Oxford, his ‘Perspectiva communis’ (1279) was said to be so named as it was widely used. In the following centuries it was ‘the most popular book on this subject’ as well as ‘the text-book until as late as about 1600’, when Kepler published the first modern study of optics (ten Doesschate, ‘Oxford’, 334). Gal … [Click Below for Full Description]
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