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Rathborne, Aaron
THE SURVEYOR IN FOURE BOOKS. LONDON: PRINTED BY W. STANSBY FOR W. BURRE, 1616
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4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 11,250 GBP
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544
Rathborne, Aaron
THE SURVEYOR IN FOURE BOOKS. LONDON: PRINTED BY W. STANSBY FOR W. BURRE, 1616
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 11,250 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Rathborne, Aaron
THE SURVEYOR IN FOURE BOOKS. LONDON: PRINTED BY W. STANSBY FOR W. BURRE, 1616
FIRST EDITION, folio (285 x 184mm.), engraved pictorial title, portrait of the author (repeated at end on X4 in proof before letters), and portrait of Prince Charles, Prince of Wales (the dedicatee), woodcut diagrams and illustration (on p.130), contemporary vellum, ties, modern folding cloth box
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Provenance

Francis Hill, contemporary inscription at end "at the returne 0-2-6 Francis Hill"; R. Horne, signature on endleaf; Cyril Ernest Kenney (1898-1973), pencil note "the finest copy of this book I have ever seen. C.E.K.", sale in these rooms, 22 May 1967, lot 3402, £100, Frank Hammond; bought from Jonathan Hill, New York, 1982, Catalogue 25, item 109, $3,250

Literature

Tomash & Williams R13; ESTC S116149; STC 20748; Taylor, Tudor & Stuart 130

Catalogue Note

A FINE COPY of Rathborne's The Surveyor, one of the most important of a new type of book on surveying in the vernacular that started to appear at this period. "This is the first full-scale practical treatise on geometrical surveying, and is written by a man in touch with the new teaching given at Gresham College, notably Henry Briggs's lectures on logarithms, as well as with the most recent books on both the theoretical and practical sides of the subject such as Ralphe Handson's" (Taylor).

The title was engraved by William Hole (Hind II, p.334 no. 29) and the portraits of Prince Charles and the author respectively by Francis Delaram (Hind II, p.217 no.5) and Simon de Passe (Hind II, p.267 no. 49). The second impression of the author’s portrait is a proof before letters (not recorded by Hind).

On the final free-endpaper the London bookseller Francis Hill (d.1644) has written his warranty, promising to refund the purchase price (2s 6d) should the buyer be dissatisfied. For discussions of such warranties, see F.C. Francis, “Booksellers’ warranties” in The Library 1 (1946-1947), pp.244-245; J.C.T. Oates, “Booksellers’ guarantees” in The Library 3 (1951), pp.212-213.

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