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Fabrica et usus instrumenti chorographici
1607. ZUBLER, Leonhardt. Fabrica et usus instrumenti chorographici. Das ist, Newe Planimetrische Beschreibung: Wie man mit einem leichten und geringen Instrument alle Stätt, Gärten, Weyher und Landschafften, jedes in sein gewisse Lägerstatt und Proportion auffreissen und verjüngen soll. [8], 39, [1] pp. Illustrated with an engraved title, engraved dedicatory coat-of-arms and 13 soft-ground etchings by Dietrich Meyer. BOUND WITH: __________________. Novum Instrumentum Geometricum. Two parts in one. 65, [3] pp. Illustrated with 20 soft-ground etchings by Meyer. Small 4to., 190 x 150 mm, bound in contemporary Swiss vellum. Basel: Ludwig König, 1607. First Edition of Zubler's treatise covering the newly invented scientific instruments used in surveying. Three of these instruments were invented by Zubler himself "one of the earliest triangulation instruments" (Kiely). The soft-ground etchings depict: navigational measuring, land surveying of towns, landscapes and gardens, fortifications, measuring for artillery, and several detailed engravings of the instruments. The author, Leonhardt Zubler (1563-1609), Zurich mathematician, instrument maker, and goldsmith, not only describes in his text the three new instruments that he had invented, but he employed fellow Swiss artist Dietrich Meyer (1572-1658) a glass painter, portraitist and etcher to produce soft-ground etchings showing surveyors using Zubler's instruments. Zinner records that examples of Zubler's instruments have been preserved at the Germanisches National Museum. The Novum Instrumentum Geometricum bound in without signature A4, which it seems was never included in this copy. Some staining to a few pages, contemporary vellum covers soiled and worn in places. STC German Z-292 & Z-297. Berlin Katalog 1714 & 1713. Zinner, Instrumente 597. Cockle 947-949. Poggendorff II, 1420. Kiely, Surveying Instruments, 224-226, 328-232 (reproducing 3 of the plates).
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