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POZZO, Andrea (1642--1709)
[Perspectiva pictorum et architectorum. Part 1. Latin and English. 1707]
Rules and examples of perspective proper for painters and architects, etc. in English and Latin: containing a most easie and expeditious method to delineate in perspective all designs relating to architecture, after a new manner, wholly free from the confusion of occult lines: by that great master thereof, Andrea Pozzo, ... engraven in 105 ample folio plates, and adorn'd with 200 initial letters to the explanatory discourses: printed from copper-plates on ye best paper by John Sturt. Done into English from the original printed at Rome 1693; in Lat. and Ital. by Mr John James of Greenwich.
London: printed by Benj. Motte. Sold by John Sturt, 1707.
[122] p., engr. frontis., [2] engr. t.-pl., engr. list of subscribers, C [i.e. 101] pl. (I--C, LIIIB) : [1] full-p. illus. ; 41.2 cm. (2°)

First published in Latin and Italian in 1693. With a second title-plate in Latin reading: Perspectiva pictorum et architectorum, Andreæ Putei, ... In quâ docetur modus expeditissimus delineandi .... A translation of part II of the Latin and Italian edition, first published in 1700 (q.v.) was planned but never published due to the lacklustre reception of the present work. Sturt, one of the most accomplished engravers of the period, was the first to use subscription as a method of financing an architectural books; at 30s. in sheets this was also the most expensive architectural books yet published. Figure LX was later used as the added engraved title-plate of John James's translation of Perrault's Treatise of the five orders of columns, 1708. For more details on the publication history, see Harris and Savage, pp. 372--374; Millard II, pp. [212]--214. Both Soane copies, like the BAL copy, have errors in the English text accompanying figure 73 and in both the Latin and English text accompanying figure 93 corrected by pasted-on cancel-slips. A later issue with reset type also in the Soane Museum (q.v.) and not recorded in ESTC or BAL, has these errors rectified. BAL, Early printed books, no. 2612; Harris and Savage 703; ESTC t114554.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Inscribed in pencil on front paste-down £1=1s=0. With figure LIIIB misbound to face the explanatory text to LIIIA and vice versa. A copy of 'Stert's Perspective' was acquired at Christie's sale, 23 March 1813 (q.v.), for £1, lot 114 with James Gibbs, Rules for drawing the several parts of architecture, 1753 (q.v.) and an unidentified edition of A.M. Zanetti's Varie pitture, 1760 (q.v.), but this parchase cannot be securely identified with this copy or with the copy of the later issue (q.v.).
Copy 2: 40.5 cm. This is probably the copy bought at Lord Lyttelton's sale, Macartney House, Blackheath, 1-6 July 1823 (4th day, lot 29) for £1.10s. with a copy of Leon Battista Alberti's Architecture, 1739 ed. (q.v.). (Marked-up sale catalogue, q.v.; Soane Jnl. 11 July 1823).

Binding Copy 1: C18th Cambridge-style panelled calf, blind-ruled spine, black spine-label.
Copy 2: C18th sprinkled and 'catspaw' mottled calf, Cambridge style panels, blind-ruled borders, gilt-tooled spine, red spine-label.

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