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MAROLOIS, Samuel (ca. 1572--ca. 1627)
Perspective contenant la theorie, practique et instruction fondamentale d'icelle. Par Samuel Marolois.
Amsterdam: chez Jean Jansson, 1628.
86, [2] p., engr. t.-pl., 80 double pl. ; 28.2 cm. (2° in 4s)

Also issued as a constituent part of Marolois's Opera mathematica, copies of which were made up with a variety of constituent parts, with title-plates often made up by combining text printed from one plate with a cartouche printed from another. Marolois's Perspective was first published by Hendrick Hondius in the Hague in 1614 and apparently also with a Leyden imprint, and published again the following year by Hondius in the Hague and Jan Janszoon in Arnhem with a different title-plate reading Ars perspectiva. In these editions the text is accompanied by the same text divided into four books and 80 numbered plates, but some copies (e.g. Berlin Kat. 4707) lack plates 52--59, which appear to have been reworked and imported from an earlier source or sources, and are also lacking in the Soane copy of the 1628 edition (but not in the copy at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid). Also included in the 1615 editions and possibly also the 1614 edition were Hans Vredeman de Vries's two books on perspective, presented as books 5 and 6. The next edition of the Marolois and Vredeman's Perspective (again in six books) can probably be dated to 1620 or 1621, and they were certainly republished in 1625 (see constituent parts of the BAL copy of the Opera mathematica); the 1628 edition was also printed in German. See notes to BAL, Early printed books, no. 2039 (describing a copy of the Opera mathematica published in 1627 or partly later). The Soane copy comprises only the four books of Marolois's Perspective. The final leaf is blank.

Copy Notes Lacking plates 52--59 (see general note above). Front fly-leaf inscribed with early price pret: 1:10 and cyphers in ink. Bought at the sale of the late architect and antiquary James Cavanah Murphy (1716--1814) for 12s. on 18 December 1814 with other books and prints to the value of £27, paid by draft dated 19 December. (Spiers Box, Miscellaneous booksellers). Inscribed in ink on title-plate Imperfect, previous to 1837./ G.B. [i.e. George Bailey] / Plates 52 to 59 wanting. / See page 45 apparently referring to a note in the text explaining the omission of explanatory text to plates 52--59.

Binding C17th vellum, rebacked with spine direct-lettered in black type.

Reference Number 4196

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