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TAYLOR, Brook (1685--1731)
[Linear perspective. French. 1757]
Nouveaux principes de perspective linéaire, traduction de deux ouvrages, l'un Anglois, du Docteur Brook Taylor. L'autre Latin, de M. Patrice Murdoch. Avec un essai sur le mêlange des couleurs, par Newton. Avec figures.
A Amsterdam chez Westein, 1757.
[10], liv, [2], 127, [1] p., 6 fold. pl. ; 19.3 cm. (8°)

First published in 1715 as Linear perspective; an enlarged edition including the appendix on Newton appeared in 1719 (q.v.). The translator is generally agreed to be Antoine Rivoire. BAL suggests this translation, which additionally includes a translation of Patrick Murdoch, Newtoni genesis curvarum per umbras, London 1746, may be based on the Italian translation published in Rome in 1755; the 'Avertissement' leaf inserted after p. liv states that a copy of the Italian edition was received when the present work was 'sur le point de sortir de dessous la Presse'. See notes to BAL Early printed books, no. 3247; Kirsti Andersen, Brook Taylor's work on linear perspective (Berlin 1992), pp. 59--61, 256.

Copy Notes Lacking a half-title (?). The Soane copy has the 'Table Des Matieres' (sig. ¶4) bound after the title-leaf. 'Perspective de Brooke Taylor 8vo' bought from Thomas Boone for 2s. 6d. on 18 March 1815. (Spiers Box). Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper John Soane with the cipher -6f [or -bf] in pencil.

Binding C18th catspaw calf, gilt-tooled spine with small floral motif, red spine-label.

Reference Number 3431


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