Apr 08, 2021 - Sale 2563

Sale 2563 - Lot 204

Price Realized: $ 7,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000
Digges, Leonard (c. 1515-1559) and Thomas Digges (1546-1595)
A Geometrical Practical Treatize named Pantometria.

London: Abell Jeffes, 1591.

Second edition, folio, lacking initial blank and final section (pages 174-195) 173 pages only of 195; woodcut vignette on title, large armorial woodcut on verso of title, illustrated throughout with text illustrations and diagrams, contemporary stab-sewn construction in limp parchment, although this copy is lacking the last section, the appearance of the binding and sewing indicate it was either originally bound or issued separately, and not removed at a later date; later wove endleaves and pastedowns, 10 3/4 x 7 1/4 in.

In this work, the father-son Digges team tackle the practical aspects of geometry as applied to measuring distances, plotting trajectories on land and sea, and aiming weaponry with precision.

Tomash & Williams D54; ESTC S107357; The Geometry of War 45; STC 6859.

Provenance: from the Stephen White Collection.