Title-page with woodcut diagram of twelve concentric circles, the traditional image of the Aristotelian cosmos (folio A1 recto, page dimensions 290 × 210 mm) View larger
Title-page with woodcut diagram of twelve concentric circles, the traditional image of the Aristotelian cosmos (folio A1 recto, page dimensions 290 × 210 mm)
  • Title-page with woodcut diagram of twelve concentric circles, the traditional image of the Aristotelian cosmos (folio A1 recto, page dimensions 290 × 210 mm)
  • Woodcut of a domestic interior, reputedly the author's bedroom (folio B6 recto)
Pélerin (Jean, called Viator), c. 1433/1440-1524

De artificiali p[er]spectiva

Toul, Pierre Jacobi, 1505 (9 July [i.e. 23 June])

First edition of the first printed treatise on artists’ perspective, a practical book of instruction with a text in Latin and French illustrated by an astonishing series of full-page woodcuts demonstrating the perspectival representation of landscapes and of architectural exteriors and interiors, both with and without human figures, in a way which seems to belong to two centuries later, if not to our own time. It is the first book printed at Toul (Meurthe-et-Moselle), one of twenty-two known copies, the first copy to be publicly offered for sale since 1935, and apparently one of only two copies remaining in private hands.

Bound with Vitruvius Pollio, Marcus. [De architectura libri decem] M. Vitruvius per Iocundum solito castigatior factus cum figuris et tabula ut iam legi et intelligi possit. Venice, Joannes Tacuinus, 22 May 1511
Bound with Dürer, Albrecht. Underweysung der messung, mit dem zirckel und richtscheyt, in Linien ebnen unnd gantzen corporen, durch Albrecht Dürer zu samen getzogen, und zu nutz allen kunstlieb habenden mit zu gehörigen figuren, in truck gebracht, im jar. M.D.XXV. Nuremberg, [Hieronymus Andreae, called Hieronymus Formschneider?], 1525

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