PFINZING VON HENFENFELD, Paul. Optica, das ist Gründtliche doch kurtze Anzeigung wie nothwendig die löbliche Kunst der Geometriae seye inn der Perspectiv. Sambt einem nutzlichen Extract dreyerley Sorten und Wege darauff die Perspectiva zu verstehen und zugebrauchen. 18 ff. Engraved title-page border by L. Kilian, illustrated with 14 full-page woodcuts and numerous woodcut head-and-tail-pieces, some with light rose coloured hand-colouring. Small folio, 314 x 190 mm, bound in modern velum. Augsburg: David Franck fuer Steffan Michelspacher, 1616.
A handsome seventeenth century edition of this rare work on practical perspective for painters, architects, stone-cutters, joiners, etc., in which the author explains the systems of a dozen theorists from Euclid to Sirigatti, with most of his attention being devoted to Dürer, Lauttensack, Lencker and Jamnitzer. This is a reprint of the author's Ein Schoener kurtzer Extract der Geometriae und Perspectivae of 1598 with a new title and dedication printed by Michelspacher. With an original contemporary drawing of a perspectival instrument on the verso of the final blank.
OCLC lists no copies at all of the 1598 edition and lists copies of this edition in the US at Yale, NYPL, Oberlin and the National Gallery. Title with a marginal professional paper repair, in all a fine clean copy.
PROVENANCE: Thomas Vroom with his bookplate on the front paste-down.
Item nr. 168582