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Hulsius, Levinus (1546/1550-1606)
ERSTER [-VIERDTER] TRACTAT DER MECHANISCHEN INSTRUMENTEN. FRANKFURT AM MAIN: WOLFFGANG RICHTER FOR THE AUTHOR, 1604-1603-1604-1505 [I.E. 1605]
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 GBP
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290
Hulsius, Levinus (1546/1550-1606)
ERSTER [-VIERDTER] TRACTAT DER MECHANISCHEN INSTRUMENTEN. FRANKFURT AM MAIN: WOLFFGANG RICHTER FOR THE AUTHOR, 1604-1603-1604-1505 [I.E. 1605]
Estimate
3,0004,000
LOT SOLD. 3,750 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Hulsius, Levinus (1546/1550-1606)
ERSTER [-VIERDTER] TRACTAT DER MECHANISCHEN INSTRUMENTEN. FRANKFURT AM MAIN: WOLFFGANG RICHTER FOR THE AUTHOR, 1604-1603-1604-1505 [I.E. 1605]
FIRST EDITION, 4 parts in one, small 4to (194 x 142mm.), each with engraved illustration on title and arms on following leaf (in part 1 both are pasted in; in part 2 illustration is inverted), 20 engraved plates, 2 woodcut plates, one printed table, engraved and woodcut illustrations and diagrams, (part 1: 4 folding engraved plates, one woodcut plate, one folding printed table; part 2: folding engraved frontispiece and one engraved plate; part 3: 13 engraved plates, one folding, 8 printed dos-à-dos on 4 leaves, one folding woodcut plate; part 4: one folding engraved plate), part 3 with final blank, old vellum, a few leaves browned or spotted, binding repaired
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Provenance

"Dr. Johanni Friderico Faust ab Aschaffenburg, dedit Johann... Beyer, M.D.", alongside date "1609. 19. 9bris", inscriptions on title; Johannes Jacobus Faust von Aschaffenburg, inscription on verso of lower free endleaf; Christie's South Kensington, 5 July 1995, lot 85, £3,200, Erwin Tomash

Literature

Tomash & Williams H183, H182, H184, H187; VD17 23:257299W, VD17 23:257301G (as 1603), VD17 39:119794D, VD17 23:257307C

Catalogue Note

These treatises describe surveying instruments, gunnery, an adjustable proportional compass and pedometer. The parts are numbered in ink 2-5 at the heads of titles, indicating that another tract has been removed from the binding.

The first owner, Johann Friedrich Faust von Aschaffenburg (d. 1619), is infamous for his participation in the controversy over who invented printing, Gutenberg or Johann Fust of Mainz (the latter was claimed as a relation by Faust von Aschaffenberg).

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