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Albrecht Dürer

Die Unterweysung der Messung, mit dem Zirckel unn Richtscheyt in Linien ebnen ganken corporen

1525

Published by Hieronymous Andreas Formschneider, Nuremberg

90 unnumbered leaves with terminal blank Riv

7 7/8 × 11 3/8 inches (24.1 × 23.5 cm)

Price on request

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This is the first edition of Dürer’s treatise on perspective and the uses of mathematical geometry in art. Historically significant, it is the first literary document in which a strictly representational problem—painting—receives a scientific analysis at the hands of a Northern European artist.

In the book, Dürer examines the construction of plane curves and helices by means of Euclidian geometry; the construction of polygons and their uses in architectural ornamentation and parquet floors; as well as polyhedrons, stereometry, and perspective. The woodcuts and diagrams are beautifully executed with great precision; these include the famous illustrations of the two figures demonstrating a drawing instrument, signed with Dürer’s monogram (dated 1525 for this edition), as well as an image of an artist drawing a seated man with the aid of Dürer’s machine. The text of Book Three contains Dürer’s famous original treatise on the shaping of Roman capital letters and the construction of Gothic letters using small geometrical forms.

There were three further German editions of Die Unterweysung, published in 1533, 1538, and 1603, as well as five Latin editions published between 1532 and 1606.

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Interior pages
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Interior pages
Interior pages
Interior pages

Albrecht Dürer

Die Unterweysung der Messung, mit dem Zirckel unn Richtscheyt in Linien ebnen ganken corporen

1525

Published by Hieronymous Andreas Formschneider, Nuremberg

90 unnumbered leaves with terminal blank Riv

7 7/8 × 11 3/8 inches (24.1 × 23.5 cm)

Price on request

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This is the first edition of Dürer’s treatise on perspective and the uses of mathematical geometry in art. Historically significant, it is the first literary document in which a strictly representational problem—painting—receives a scientific analysis at the hands of a Northern European artist.

In the book, Dürer examines the construction of plane curves and helices by means of Euclidian geometry; the construction of polygons and their uses in architectural ornamentation and parquet floors; as well as polyhedrons, stereometry, and perspective. The woodcuts and diagrams are beautifully executed with great precision; these include the famous illustrations of the two figures demonstrating a drawing instrument, signed with Dürer’s monogram (dated 1525 for this edition), as well as an image of an artist drawing a seated man with the aid of Dürer’s machine. The text of Book Three contains Dürer’s famous original treatise on the shaping of Roman capital letters and the construction of Gothic letters using small geometrical forms.

There were three further German editions of Die Unterweysung, published in 1533, 1538, and 1603, as well as five Latin editions published between 1532 and 1606.

Not available for purchase online, please contact the Shop to arrange for purchase.

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