Oct 27, 2020 - Sale 2549

Sale 2549 - Lot 44

Price Realized: $ 938
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
Desargues, Gérard (1591-1661); trans. Daniel King (d. 1664)
Mr. De Sargues Universal Way of Dyaling.

London: Printed by Tho[mas] Leach and are to be sold by Isaac Pridmore, 1659.

First edition in English, [pi]2, (A)1, A4, A*2, B-C4, D3, E-O4, P3; illustrated with engraved frontispiece, title page printed in red and black, with an additional forty-two full-page engravings, some printed on text leaves, others on leaves extraneous to the collation, making for a confusing collation, rarity makes comparison to other copies challenging, bound in later boards, joints cracked, ex libris Richard Tempest with contemporary inked ownership inscription to title and 19th century bookplate of Stephen Tempest inside front board; contents good, 7 1/4 x 5 1/4 in.

Wing D-1127; ESTC R17188; rare, seven copies listed in ESTC; Houzeau & Lancaster 11487.

The book was first written in French under the title, Maniere Universelle pour Pouser L'Essieu, by Abraham Bosse, who produced the engravings. The title's authorship was attributed to Bosse in Wing, which has subsequently been revised.