A Compleat Treatise On Perspective, In Theory And Practice; On The True Principles Of Dr. Brook Taylor.




Printed for the Author; and sold by Messrs. Robson, in Bond-street; Becket, Adelphi, Strand; Taylor, near Great Turn-stile, Holborn; Dilly, in the Poultry; and by the Author, No. 56, Poland-street, Oxford Road, near the Pantheon.





Item Description

Folio. 9.25 x 14 inches. [4] + [8] + 8 + 296 pp. + [8] pp. Index, and Table of Contents. Errata. Bound in original full calf, upper board skilfully rehinged; spine in compartments with raised bands and gilt bands, with contrasting maroon morocco title label, gilt. Extremities a little age worn, fly leaves browned and scattered foxing. A few plates neatly repaired; otherwise a fine crisp copy. An expanded note in the form of a cancel has been pasted at the foot of p.6. Armourial bookplate of Edwin Bell. Illustrated by engraved folding frontispiece and by 48 copperplate engravings, 45 of them folding and five with volvelles, or movable folding sections of larger plates, namely Pl. 4, one figure; Pl. 5, 3 sections of one figure; Pl. 8, one figure, Pl. 37, 5 figures; Pl. 41, one figure. The plates contain some remarkable views, including complete buildings, architectural details, household furniture, carriages, a mill wheel, pile driver and crane and reflections in a mirror, etc. It is notable for it's 3-D paper mechanisms (volvelles) with, in some cases, strings to pull to operate the geometric shapes, and hence is considered to be the first commercially published pop-up book. Malton includes a section entitled 'A True Case, between the Author, of a late publication, His Printers, and Paper Merchants.' This relates to a fire in 1776 at the printers of the first edition, Cox and Briggs, in the Savoy, in which the print run of the Compleat Treatise on Perspective (first edition 1775) awaiting publication by subscription was destroyed. The author employs some colourful and vituperative language in his complaint. Thomas Morton the elder (1726-1801), born in London, was an architectural draughtsman and writer on geometry. (ESTC T100663).

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