Anamorphic art : translated by W.J. Strachan
New York, Harry N. Abrams Inc., 1977
(28.5 cm), viii, 182 (2) pp., 129 black & white illustrations. Publisher’s cloth, pictorial dust jacket. - The history of anamorphic art from the 16th through the 18th century, with an entire chapter devoted to perhaps the best-known example of anamorphoses in the history of art: Holbein’s “The Ambassadors” of 1532. Later chapters on anamorphoses in the 17th century focus on René Descartes, Marin Mersenne, and on the latter’s pupil, Jean-François Niceron, from whose treatise of 1638 Baltrušaitis derived the title for his own book (Anamorphoses ou Magie artificielle des effets merveilleux, Paris: Olivier Perrin, 1969). ¶ Excellent, unmarked copy.