LOT 527

[Artist's handbook] Traité d'horlogiographie,

contenant plusieurs manieres de construire, sur toutes surfaces, toutes sortes de lignes horaires, & autres cercles de la sphere. Avec quelques instrumens pour la mesme pratique, & pour connoistre les heures durant la nuit: & l'heure du flus et reflus de la mer (...). Par Dom Pierre de Sainte Marie Magdelaine (...). Nouvelle édition, corrigée & augmentée de plusiers prpositions & figures. Paris, A. Dezallier, 1680, (16),312 p., with engraved frontispiece, 1 engraved table in the text and 72 engraved plates and tables (2x folding), contemporary calf with gilt, ribbed back, small 8vo.

Minor worm holes in bottom right corner, back board and backstrip lack pieces of leather at bottom; minor other defects. Good copy with 18th-century engraved bookplate of "R.r. le Bel Horloger à Orbec", pasted across an older owner's name. Important, often reprinted treatise on the construction of timelines and curves on all possible surfaces, and the tools necessary. The first edition (with 58 plates) appeared in 1641.

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