Traité de Geometrie theorique et pratique, a l'Usage des Artistes
by LE CLERC, Sébastien
Engraved vignette on title & 45 folding engraved plates. Title within double-ruled border. xiv, , 231,  pp. 8vo, cont. sheep-backed paste-paper boards. Paris: C.A. Jombert, 1744. This new edition, with a new title, contains for the first time a biography of Le Clerc in the preliminary leaves; the plates have been re-drawn and engraved by Cochin and Chedel. While the plates continue to depict landscapes in the lower portion and geometrical diagrams in the upper part, they have been "modernized" for the mid-18th-century reader. This was a very popular manual for artists and architects. Le Clerc (1637-1714), a native of Lorraine, adapted the technique of his countryman Jacques Callot. Professor of geometry and perspective at the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences, Le Clerc also worked for Louis XIV as "graveur du Roi." Very good copy. Contemporary ownership inscription on title "Ex libris N. Despret." Small tear in outer blank margin of title strengthened at an early date.
(Inventory #: 6018)
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