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Geometry.- Pomodoro (Giovanni) Geometria Prattica. Tratta dagl'Elementi d'Euclide et altri Auttori... dichiaratu da Giovanni Scala, first edition, first issue, collation: [π]2, A-M4, N6, [χN]1, 57ff., engraved title incorporating arms of the dedicatee Cardinal Aldobrandini within scrollwork border, 51 full-page engraved illustrations of instruments, geometry and surveying, woodcut initials and tail-pieces, final leaf with plate VII bound before N6 (plate VI/colophon) and not called for on title but correct, some leaves mounted on stubs, browned, some soiling and water-staining, a little wormed and frayed at edges, A1 creased causing tear to image, D1 torn affecting plate (old repair but lifting), later boards, rubbed, spine worn, folio, Rome, Stefano Paolini, 1599.

⁂ Very rare illustrated manual of Euclidian geometry, with 44 plates by Pomodoro and a further 7 added by Scala following Pomodoro's death. The work was meant for practical use and some of the plates depict figures in contemporary civilian and military dress (and some undressed) carrying out measurements. This is the first issue, it was reissued in 1603 with new preliminary leaves. COPAC lists only 2 copies (BL and Wellcome), and WorldCat 5 copies in America.

Provenance: Rothamsted acquisition date 1935.

Literature: EDIT 16 CNCE 28377; Harvard Italian 394; Riccardi I (2), 300.

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Geometry.- Pomodoro (Giovanni) Geometria Prattica.

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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing