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BROWN, Richard (fl. 1804--45)
[Principles of practical perspective. 1835]
The principles of practical perspective; or, scenographic projection: containing universal rules for delineating designs on various surfaces, and taking views from nature, by the most simple and expeditious methods. To which are added, rules for shadowing, and the elements of painting. The whole treated in a manner calculated to render the science of perspective and the art of drawing easy of attainment to every capacity. Second edition. In two parts. Illustrated by fifty plates. By Richard Brown, professor of architecture and perspective; ... Part I. (II.)
London: printed for Leigh and Son; sold also by J. Weale (late Taylor's Architectural Library), 1835.
2 pts in 1 vol.: xx, 48, xvi, 49--132 p., 50 pl. (2 hand-col. frontis.) ; 31.5 cm. (4°)

This revised, rearranged and expanded edition, like the first edition of 1815 (q.v.) is dedicated to Soane. The main text (excluding the preliminaries to pt II) has continuous pagination and register. BAL, Early printed books, no. 437.

Copy Notes Pasted in on front free-endpaper is a letter from the author, addressed from Topham near Exeter, Devon and dated 13 June 1835, presenting Soane with this copy of the second edition of his book. A draft of Soane's letter of acknowledgement dated 8 July 1835 survives in the archive, thanking Brown for the gift and hoping that Mr Brown's labours will / meet with all the encouragement from the / Public that they so justly merit, and which / the general usefulness of the work is in his opinion / calculated to command. (Priv. Corr. XVI.F.147).

Binding Contemporary C19th purple moiré publisher's cloth, the upper cover lettered in gilt 'Brown's Perspective'.

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