by DUBREUIL, Jean; ALEAUME, Jacques; MIGON, Estienne
1642. [DUBREUIL, Jean.] La Perspective practique. Contents include title, added engraved title, 9 ff of dedication, preface and instructive table, followed by 150 full page engraved plates with letterpress text on the verso of each plate describing the facing plate. Paris: Chez Melchoir Tavernier, 1642. BOUND WITH: ALEAUME, Jacques & Estienne Migon. La Perspective speculative, et pratique. , 155,  pp. Illustrated with 39 engraved plates, several of which are full-page. 4to., 235 x 170 mm, bound in contemporary French marbled calf with the gilt arms of Louis Treslon-Cauchon dit Hesselin on the covers, in a modern matching slipcase. Paris: Chez Melchoir Tavernier, 1643. Ad1: First Edition of this classic text on perspective. Jean Dubreuil's (1602-1670) La Perspective practique would go on to be enlarged by two volumes in 1647 and 1649 and be republished numerous times in both French and English. The work contains 150 strikingly modern plates illustrating perspective as related to geometry, architecture, interiors, landscape and painting. "His work on perspective is probably the most influential ever published expressly for the use of a lay audience." (Millard, French Books). Ad2: First Edition. Another important work on perspective, this one authored by the mathematician and instrument builder in the service of the French Court, Jacques Aleaume (1562-1627). Aleaume emphasizes the role of perspective as a technical science as opposed to a creative art with clear illustrations demonstrating ways to determine the perspective field, sight lines and perspective points. The manuscript for the work remained unedited at the time of Aleaume's death, a task eventually taken on by Debreuil resulting in the present work. A fine copy of these two complimentary works on the subject, bound in a contemporary armorial binding (spine expertly renewed), with an excellent provenance. PROVENANCE: Louis Treslon-Cauchon dit Hesselin (1602-1662), with his gilded arms on the binding. He was an important figure in the court of Louis XIV, being the master behind the ballet productions at Versaille; Arnaud de Vitry, with his elaborate, abstract bookplate bound in after the front fly-leaf. Millard, French, no.'s 3 & 63.
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