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BOSSE, Abraham (1602--1676)
La pratiqve dv trait a prevves, de Mr Desargves Lyonnois, pour la coupe des pierres en l'architecture. Par A. Bosse, ...
A Paris de l'imprimerie de Pierre Des-Hayes, 1643.
[8], 56, 114 p., [2] add. engr. t.-pl., [115] pl. (incl. 2nd add. engr. t.-pl., printed on 57 leaves) : full-page engr. dedic. ; 17.1 cm. (8°)

Bosse's treatise is an application of Gérard Desargues's 'universal' geometrical method to the cutting of masonry (i.e. stereotomy), intended to make it intelligible to the practising mason. The first page of the dedication to Monseigneur Seguier, Chancelier de France, is wholly engraved. The second added engraved title-plate and 114 numbered engravings (unsigned but prepared by Bosse from drawings by Desargues, cf. 'Avant-Propos' pp. 5--6) are printed on the rectos and versos of [58] leaves, each plate facing its appropriate text page, with the verso of pl. 114 blank. BAL, Early printed books, no. 339.

Copy Notes Bought at the sale of the late architect and antiquary James Cavanah Murphy (1716--1814) for 4s. 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 front free-endpaper John Soane. An unidentified armorial bookplate underlies Soane's bookplate.

Binding C17th vellum, brown morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 1743


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