Dr. Brook Taylor’s Method Of Perspective Made Easy : Both In Theory And Practice. In Two Books. Being An Attempt To Make The Art Of Perspective Easy And Familiar ; To Adapt It Intirely To The Arts Of Design ; And To Make It An Entertaining Study To Any Gentleman Who Shall Chuse So Polite An Amusement. By Joshua Kirby, Painter ; Illustrated With Fifty Copper Plates ; Most Of Which Are Engrav’d By The Author.
Printed by W. Craighton, for the author ; and sold by him in Ipswich : And in London, by J. Swan, near Northumberland-House, in the Strand ; F. Noble, in King's-Street, Covent-Garden ; and J. Noble, in St. Martin's Court
FIRST EDITION 4to, 10 x 8.5 inches,  + iv + xvi +78 ; + 84p. Illustrated with engraved frontispiece by W. Hogarth, 'showing the absurdities caused by a want of knowledge of perspective' plus 50 full page engraved plates. The plates are in two, numbered sequences. The second part has a separate titlepage, pagination and register. With a list of subscribers. which amounts to just 260 copies so is is likely that no more than 300 were published. A fine, crisp copy in an un-restored contemporary binding. Top of front hinge slightly cracked but sound. The magnificent frontispiece by Hogarth, 'showing the absurdities caused by a want of knowledge of perspective' is a famous image. A famous work on perspective by Joshua Kirby, who dedicates the book to William Hogarth and states that it was Hogarth who encouraged him to write the book. It is the first successful attempt by an English artist to present Brooke Taylor's New Principles of Linear Perspective in a clear and simple manner for the benefit of artists. This First Edition is rare only a handful of copies of this edition are recorded on Library Hub and ESTC records 17 copies in the UK, 2 in Europe and 15 in north America. The list of subscribers includes many notable figures, artists and engravers of the day including William Hogarth, Thomas Gainsborough. Jacob Bonneau, John Shackelton, James Basire, the Duke of Rutland etc, etc.
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