475
475
Oddi, Muzio (1569-1639)
DELLO SQUADRO. MILAN: BARTOLOMEO FOBELLA (COLOPHON: GIACOMO LANTONI), 1625
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 2,500 GBP
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475
Oddi, Muzio (1569-1639)
DELLO SQUADRO. MILAN: BARTOLOMEO FOBELLA (COLOPHON: GIACOMO LANTONI), 1625
Estimate
2,0003,000
LOT SOLD. 2,500 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Oddi, Muzio (1569-1639)
DELLO SQUADRO. MILAN: BARTOLOMEO FOBELLA (COLOPHON: GIACOMO LANTONI), 1625
FIRST EDITION, 4to (193 x 139mm.), engraved and woodcut illustrations and diagrams, old vellum, spine lettered in ink
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Provenance

"Jaco Rossi", inscription on title; bought from The Antiquarian Scientist, Acton, MA, 1992

Literature

Tomash & Williams O26; Riccardi ii, 211-12; USTC 4005302; ; cf. Alexander Marr, Between Raphael and Galileo. Mutio Oddi and the mathematical culture of late Renaissance Italy (Chicago and London 2011)

Catalogue Note

The squadro, a cylindrical instrument made of brass or wood, was a versatile device that could be adapted for use on many types of terrain, and deployed for many purposes, by surveyors, architects, and soldiers. In writing this manual for its use, Oddi drew on unpublished works about the device by Guidobaldo del Monte and the architect-engineer Francesco Paciotti. Unusually, the printing and distribution of Dello squadro are thoroughly documented, including such details as the names of those producing and printing the illustrations (59 woodcuts and 13 engravings), the edition size (380 copies), and the names of individuals receiving presentation copies (75 copies). The earliest known owner of the present copy, "Jacopo Rossi", is perhaps to be associated with the “Hierolamo Rosso” who received one of those copies, or with Giovanni Vittorio Rossi, Oddi’s first biographer (1643).

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