ALBRECHT, Andreas. Zwey Bücher, das erste von der ohne und durch die Arithmetica gefundenen Perspectiva, das andere von dem dartzu gehörigen Schatten. 2 parts in 1 volume. Part 1: Title-page, dedication, 75 pp., illustrated with 6 fold-out engraved plates. Part 2, Title-page, 1 page to the reader, pp. 77-125. Illustrated with 11 engraved plates, 5 of which are folding, 5 full page and one double-page . Small folio, 310 x 190 mm, bound in modern vellum with matching vellum slipcase. Nuremberg: for Simon Halbmayrn, the author's publishing house, 1623.
Rare First Edition of this important treatise on architecture and perspective. The splendid title-page, and presumably the plates too, were engraved by the Nuremberg engraver Hans Troschel. The plates show the rules of perspective and optics, interior views, and a double page view of a tournament in the Halsprunnerhof in Nuremberg. Perhaps most intriguing, are the three engravings of fortresses, in which geometrically dynamic structures sit within barren landscapes to an almost surreal effect.
OCLC calls for 15 plates and only lists copies in the US at Columbia, Yale, Illinois and Harvard. Some light scattered foxing, near fine.
PROVENANCE: Thoms Vroom with his bookplate on the front paste-down.
Item nr. 168571