Nothing more seems to be known of the author than is stated in the legend on the portrait: Vera Effigies Dom: Martini Master Philom: Cantuariensis AEtat suae 53. An. Nat 1607 (Catalogue of engraved British portraits preserved in the [British Museum], London 1910, II, p.205).
A complete impression of the frontispiece (portrait and illustration of the wheel) and a fragment of it (portrait alone) are in the British Museum. According to annotations on those prints, the frontispiece had been cut from of a copy of the book which had passed from the James Bindley collection (sold by Evans, 1818-1819) into the collection of Robert Grave (Sotheby’s, 4-5 May 1826, lot 229); the fragment came from the collection of Elizabeth, Marchioness of Bath (1734-1825). Another fragment of frontispiece (the right half, depicting the instrument) is in the Wellcome Library (no. 46693i). A copy of the book had been offered in Thomas Osborne’s sale catalogue of Robert Harley’s library (Catalogus Bibliothecae Harleianae, London, 1744, IV, no. 16256).
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