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DIALING: plain, concave, convex, projective, reflective, refractive,
London, printed for Awnsham Churchill, 1682.. Shewing, how to make all such dials, and to adorn them with all useful furniture, relating to the course of the sun. Performed, arithmetically, geometrically, instrumentally and mechanically: and illustrated by sculptures, engraven in copper. Comprised in XI. distinct tractates, the contents whereof follow next after the Preface to the Reader. Collected, methodised and published by William Leybourn. FIRST EDITION 1682 of expanded version of Leybourn's Art of Dialling first published in (1669), small folio, approximately 300 x 210 mm, 12 x 8 inches, portrait frontispiece, 23 engraved plates, of which 10 folding, plus 3 engravings in the text, pages: [10], 76, 89-188, [13], 189-192, 12, 181-226, 273-330, pagination is somewhat irregular but register is continuous. Bound in full early calf, rebacked to style with raiswed bands and gilt lettered morocco label, new endpapers, all edges red. Boards slightly worn and rubbed with a few scratches and minor stains, neat repair to 2 corners, margins of frontispiece and title page very lightly marked, lower corner of title page thumbed, lower margins throughout faintly damp stained to varying degrees, most noticeable on the last 13 leaves, a few pale brown stains to upper margin of page 69. A very good copy of the rare expanded edition, complete with all plates and housed in a fine sturdy custom made cloth bound clamshell box, with gilt lettered leather label to spine. William Leybourn (1626-1719) mathematician, was in his time a distinguished land and quantity surveyor (although he began his working life as a printer). Such was his prestige, he was frequently employed to survey the estates of gentlemen, and he also helped to survey the remnants of London after the great fire of 1666. A prolific and eclectic author, his work The Compleat Surveyor, which was first published under that title in 1653 is regarded as a classic of its kind and (in collaboration with one Vincent Wing) the 1649 volume Urania Practica, was the first book in English devoted to astronomy. In our book in the address To The Reader (August 1681) Leybourn explains the sources for some of the text: 'Of the first tractate, the examples are all (or most of them) the same as are Mr. Wells in his Sciographia ... The second tractate was, partly a translation out of Magnon, by Mr. Thomas Gibson: and the third is partly Mr. Samuel Foster's ... The seventh tractate came to my hands in a Latine manuscript of Mr. Samuel Fosters, written with his own hand in anno 1640 ... The ninth tractate is wholly Mr. Samuel Fosters ... The tenth tractate also, is wholly his, and was ... transcribed from a manuscript of his, which he ... entituled Gold ... The eleventh tractate ... is Mr. Fosters also'. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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