Apr 08, 2021 - Sale 2563

Sale 2563 - Lot 205

Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 40,000
Euclid (fl. circa 300 BCE)
The Elements of Geometrie.

London: John Daye, 1570.

First complete edition in English, translation by Sir Henry Billingsley (d. 1606) from the Greek, preface by John Dee (1527-1608); folio, large allegorical woodcut compartment featuring personifications of scientists, gods, and muses (McKerrow & Ferguson 99); with Wharton's engraved portrait of Euclid from the 1661 London edition added; full-page woodcut portrait of the printer on verso of last leaf (McKerrow 145); groundplat lacking (provided in good photocopy facsimile on appropriate paper); title page mounted, preliminary signatures misbound: a4, d4, b4, c4; no overslips present in Book XI; lacking EEE4 (final ?blank); contents generally good, edges gilt and gauffered, rebound sympathetically in full calf, period style, 11 1/2 x 8 in.

STC 10560; ESTC S106699; Luborsky & Ingram, English Illustrated Books 1536-1603, 10560.

Provenance: from the Stephen White Collection.