176
176
Fine, Oronce (1494-1555)
PROTOMATHESIS: OPUS VARIUM, AC SCITU NON MINUS UTILE QUÀM IUCUNDUM, NUNC PRIMÙM IN LUCEM FOELICITER EMISSUM. CUIUS INDEX UNIVERSALIS, IN VERSA PAGINA CONTINETUR. PARIS: GÉRARD MORRHY & JEAN PIERRE, 1532
Estimate
7,0009,000
LOT SOLD. 8,750 GBP
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176
Fine, Oronce (1494-1555)
PROTOMATHESIS: OPUS VARIUM, AC SCITU NON MINUS UTILE QUÀM IUCUNDUM, NUNC PRIMÙM IN LUCEM FOELICITER EMISSUM. CUIUS INDEX UNIVERSALIS, IN VERSA PAGINA CONTINETUR. PARIS: GÉRARD MORRHY & JEAN PIERRE, 1532
Estimate
7,0009,000
LOT SOLD. 8,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Fine, Oronce (1494-1555)
PROTOMATHESIS: OPUS VARIUM, AC SCITU NON MINUS UTILE QUÀM IUCUNDUM, NUNC PRIMÙM IN LUCEM FOELICITER EMISSUM. CUIUS INDEX UNIVERSALIS, IN VERSA PAGINA CONTINETUR. PARIS: GÉRARD MORRHY & JEAN PIERRE, 1532
FIRST EDITION, folio (338 x 240mm.), title within woodcut architectural border, dedication within woodcut border and with woodcut initial, large woodcut illustration of an armillary sphere on AA8v and O1v, full-page cut of a water-clock on X1v and Cc5v, smaller woodcut diagrams, large and small initials, contemporary vellum, title trimmed at head, some slight dampstaining, binding rebacked
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Provenance

bought from The Antiquarian Scientist, Acton, MA, 1987

Literature

Tomash & Williams F64; BP16 107853; Hilliard & Poule no. 8; Mortimer, Harvard French 225; Smith, Rara arithmetica pp.160-162; USTC 138121

Catalogue Note

First collected edition and first printing of much of the writing of Fine, a polymath accomplished in graphic design as well as in the mathematical disciplines. As acknowledged on the title-page verso, Fine was responsible not only for the text of the book, but for its profusion of woodcuts; they range from simple outline diagrams to views of surveying operations and scientific instruments, including a clepsydra, or water-clock, which Fine invented. Among the other decorative elements of Protomathesis is an alphabet of large woodcut initials, one of which includes a self-portrait of the author (the O on R6v). Many of these blocks were reused throughout the next decade in the series of scientific treatises by Fine printed by Simon de Colines.

“The work is divided into four sections: arithmetic, surveying, cosmography (earth-centered astronomy) and dialing. It was written between 1530 and 1532, with the title pages of individual sections bearing different dates. The work contains a multi-page sexagesimal multiplication table for use in making astronomical calculations” (Tomash & Williams).

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