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NICERON, Jean François (1613--1646)
[Perspective curieuse. 1652]
La perspective cvrievse dv Reverend P. Niceron Minime. Divisée en qvatre livres. Avec L'optiqve et la catoptriqve du R.P. Mersenne du mesme ordre, mise en lumiere aprés la mort de l'autheur. Oevvre tres-vtile avx peintres, architectes, sculpteurs, graueurs, & à tous autres qui se meslent du dessein.
A Paris, chez la veufve F. Langlois, dit Chartres,, 1652.
[12], 191, [1], [12], 134 p., engr. frontis. port., add. engr. t.-pl., 50 pl. : wdcut illus. ; 36.3 cm. (2°)

The added work by Mersenne has separate pagination and register and a special title-page with the imprint of 'la veufue F. Langlois, dit Chartres' dated 1651, reading: L'optique, et la catoptrique du Reverend Pere Mersenne Minime. Nouvellement mise en lumiere, aprés la mort de l'autheur. Niceron was a member of the scholarly order of the Minimes with a particular interest in mathematics and geometrical optics. In his work on perspective, first published in 1638 (Paris: P. Billaine), with 25 plates only and without the work by Mersenne, Niceron aimed to provide a simple treatise that could be used without the prior knowledge required by earlier treatises on the subject. The second edition is considerably enlarged with new plates and issued together with the first edition, posthumously published, of a scholarly work on optics and catoptrics by Marin Mersenne (1588-1648), also a member of the Minimes, which includes experimental studies of visual acuity and binocular vision and a critical discussion of current hypotheses on the nature of light. A third edition (a reissue of the present edition with cancel title-page) was published in 1663 (q.v.). See Millard I, pp. 367-369.

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone for 7s. on 24 November 1808. (Spiers Box). With Boone's pencil inscriptions on front free-endpaper plates/ & portrait -7s= and the cipher df. Earlier code in ink ae on front pastedown.

Binding C17th (?) calf, gilt double-rule borders, gilt-tooled panels with corner finials over earlier blind tooling, gilt double-rule spine compartments.

Reference Number 2877

Additional Names Mersenne, Marin (1588--1648). L'optique et la catoptrique. 1651; Boone, Thomas (fl.$1822--1872)

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