Nicholas Goodyer

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Paradossi per Pratticare la Prospettiva Senza Saperla

Paradossi per Pratticare la Prospettiva Senza Saperla, Fiori, Per Facilitare l’Intelligenza, Frutti, Per Non Operare Alla Cieca. Cognitioni Necessarie à Pittori, Scultori, Architetti, ed à Qualunque si Diletta il Disegno.

Troili (Giulio). 3 parts bound in one, small folio 230 x 325mm, 9 x 13ins bound in original carta rustica - 17th century Italian rough limp boards - sewn as issued, fine repairs to backstrip retaining most of the original lettering, small section to head of top board strengthened, split carefully closed, inner rear board slightly stained, overall fine presentation still, and a thrilling survival. pp (vi), 48 (Parte Prima), 49-120 (Parte Seconda), separate title-page for Parte Terza, pp 64. In all 68 fine wood-cut plates, many delightful and impressive head and tail piece decorations. Head of title-page very slightly waterstained, a few pages slightly yellowed, however overall remarkably clean and crisp. Second Edition. Signed carefully on verso of top cover by Giacomo Ganalloni (?Ganassoni). Having apprenticed with Michaelangelo Colonna, Trioli worked as scenographer at the Farnesi theatre in Bologna. The treatise demonstrates through the fine woodcut plates - each handsomely presented with its decorative border - the practice of perspective in drawing the eye into the stage scene, creating illusions, shadows, buildings, and finally fortification, often using optical instruments, grids, and exercises to transform the purely theoretical, mathematical and geometrical into the practical of stage design and scene-painting. Such works originating in Italy were hugely influential in the large scale Masques of Louis XIV and the beginnings across Europe of modern Opera and Theatre.
London Labour and the London Poor; The Condition and Earnings of Those That Will Work

London Labour and the London Poor; The Condition and Earnings of Those That Will Work, Cannot Work, And Will Not Work.

Mayhew (Henry.) 4 volumes publisher's purple stamped patterned cloth, gilt, spines faded, edges rubbed, as usual, neatly recased, a few unintrusive ink spots to fore edges. Volume 4 slightly larger, as issued. Internally fresher than often found. Predating the great Booth surveys by 30 years, published firstly in 1851 in the Morning Chronicle in installments, interrupted by litigation, and eventually appearing in volume form with the final volume appearing separately "Those That Will Not Work" - this last volume is frequently missing - Mayhew used his collaborators, chiefley John Binney, Richard Knight and Henry Wood, to accurately depict the life of people on the streets of London. "Mayhew became at all times analytical" (Rubinstein, Historians of London) in the face of temptation to romanticize his subjects. Indeed his use the Daguerrotypes of Richard Beard and other photographers to make the engravings which profusely illustrate the books was the most accurate contemporary medium with which to demonstrate this. Frizot, New History of Photography, links closely the work of photographer John Thompson with Aldolph Smith, Mayhew, and Gustav Dore. "Mayhew's accounts are a remarkable and affecting source of street life. the general tenor and candor of Mayhew's transcriptions can be trusted." (Ackroyd, London). "The first attempt to publish the history of a people from the lips of the people themselves. the first commission of inquiry. undertaken by a private individual. my earnest hope is that the book may serve to. cause those who are in "high places" and those of whom much is expected to bestir themselves to improve (what is) amidst all the immense wealth and great knowledge of "the first city in the world" a national disgrace." Introduction. With the bookplates of "the incomparable" Admiral Sir Geoffrey Phipps Hornby, in whose obituary, Willam Clowes wrote " he was a natural diplomatist. and, to a singular independence and uprightness of character, he added a. familiarity with contemporary thought and progress that were unusual in those days."
Original and Selected Publications. Perils and Captivity.

Original and Selected Publications. Perils and Captivity.

Constable's Miscellany: 12mo (3¾ x 6ins, 95 x 150mm), three sections in one, nicely bound in contemporary half calf by Potts of Edinburgh, marbled sides, backstrip gilt in raised bands, red label. Separate engraved title-page. 1. History of the Sufferings and Misfortunes of the Picard Family after the Shipwreck of the Medusa. in the year 1816. From the French of Madame Dard, One of the Sufferers. By P.Maxwell. pp 197. Wrecked off Mauritania, 146 people took to the sea in a makeshift raft, whose horrific story inspired Géricault's Le Radeau de la Méduse - The Raft of the Medusa - one of the foundation stones of French Romantic art, and hugely influential on the Impressionists and subsequent movements. 11. Narrative of the Captivity of M.de Brisson In The Deserts of Africa In The Year 1785. pp 201- 306. 111. Account of the Adventures of Madame Godin des Odonais In Passing Down The River Amazons, In The Year 1770. pp 311 - 335. A letter from M. Godin des Odonais to M. de la Condamine describing his wife's journey, recounted by Borba de Moraes (p 446) in listing Condamine's Relation abrégée D'un voyage Fait Dans Interieur de l'Amerique Meridionale, Paris 1745. Having spent his rich Peruvian wife's dowry, M. des Odonais departed for the Amazons, final destination Cayenne. After 20 years, Madame decided to follow him and was the sole survivor of the journey, the couple returning to France in 1773.