Dialing: Plain, Concave, Convex, Projective, Reflective, Refractive. Shewing, how to make all such dials, and to adorn them with all useful furniture, relating to the course of the sun. Performed, arithmetically, geometrically...
by LEYBOURN, William.
London:: Awnsham Churchill, 1682.. Small folio. [iii-xii], 76, 89-187, , 189 - 192, 12, 181 - 226, 273 - 330, [2 blank] pp. [Pagination is somewhat irregular but collates correctly]. Portrait frontispiece engraved by R. White, 23 engraved plates (10 folding), plus 3 text engravings (pp. 207, 315); LACKING TITLE-PAGE but supplied in photocopy facsimile to approximate correct size, 1 minor ink marginalia (p.189), minor paper flaw (upper corner p.211). Original old full calf over boards, all edges marbled; 20th century rebacking with raised bands, blind and gilt-rules, red morocco spine label, new endleaves, corners worn. Good. FIRST EDITION, printed in 1682, of expanded version of Leybourns Art of Dialling, originally issued in 1669. ¶ William Leybourn (1626-1719) mathematician, began his working life as a printer and soon became a distinguished land and quantity surveyor. Such was his prestige, he was frequently employed to survey the estates of gentlemen, and he also helped to survey the remnants of London after the great fire of 1666. A prolific and eclectic author, his work The Compleat Surveyor, which was first published under that title in 1653 is regarded as a classic of its kind and (in collaboration with Vincent Wing), the Urania Practica, printed in 1649, was the first book in English devoted to astronomy. With this volume the author cites numerous other sources: John Wells, Sciographia, or, The art of shadovves, (1635), a partial translation of Magnon, by Mr. Thomas Gibson, and the other parts are derived from the work of Samuel Foster. ¶ See: Taylor, Mathematical practitioners of Tudor & Stuart England, item 222. DNB, XI, pp. 1087-1088; Houzeau & Lancaster 11535; Lowndes, III, p. 1356; Wing L-1913; Zeitlinger, 2nd Supplement, 4132. [FULL TITLE: Dialing: Plain, Concave, Convex, Projective, Reflective, Refractive. Shewing, how to make all such dials, and to adorn them with all useful furniture, relating to the course of the sun. Performed, arithmetically, geometrically, instrumentally and mechanically: and illustrated by sculptures, engraven in copper. Comprised in XI. distinct tractates, the contents whereof follow next after the Preface to the Reader. Collected, methodised and published by William Leybourn.] (Inventory #: S13114)
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