Practical perspective, or, Perspective made easie : teaching, by the opticks, how to delineate all bodies, buildings, or landskips, &c. : by the catoptricks, how to delineate confused appearences so as when seen in a mirror or pollisht body of any intended shape, the reflection shall shew a designe : by the dioptircks [sic], how to draw parts of many figures into one when seen through a glass or christal cut into many faces : usefull for all painters, engravers, architects, &c. and all others that are any waies inclined to speculatory ingenuity / by Joseph Moxon ; hydrographer to the Kings Most Excellent Majesty.
- Additional Title(s):
Perspective made easie
- London : Printed by Joseph Moxon, and sold at his shop in Russel Street, at the Signe of Atlas, 1670. (fol.)
- Physical Description:
- , 66 p., LX [i.e. 42] leaves of plates (2 folded) : ill. ; 32 cm. (fol.)
- Rare Books and ManuscriptsNC749 .M69 1670+ Copy 1 OversizeYale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon FundAccessible by request in the Study Room [Request]
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- First original English book to deal wholly with perspective. Written by Moxon because of his dissatisfaction with the English translation of Serlio's treatise, A book of Perspective and Geometry, 1657. This work predates Robert Pricke's Magnum in Parvo by two years, and also his Perspective Practical which did not appear until 1698. William Salmon's Polygraphice did not contain the section on perspective until the third edition of 1675.
Engravings attributed to James Moxon (the younger) and William Faithorne. Cf. British Architectural Library.
"First edition. Most of the plates are taken from the Perspective of Hondius (1623) ... as mentioned by Moxon in his preface"--Fowler.
Signatures: [A]² B-S².
Two of the diagrams are movable. One in the text (p. 7) contains the original pane of mica; plate LVII has a moveable part.
Wing, D.G. Short-title catalogue of books printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and British America, and of English books printed in other countries, 1641-1700, M3018
Fowler architectural collection of the Johns Hopkins University, 203
Harris, E. British architectural books and writers, p. 324
British Architectural Library. Early printed books, 1478-1840, 2215
BAC copy 1: Restricted fragile material. Use requires permission of the Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts.
BAC: British Art Center copy 1 contains the original pane of mica on p. 7.
BAC: British Art Center copy 2 lacks the original pane of mica on p. 7. Unfinished ink sketches on verso of plate LX.
- Subject Terms:
- Drawing -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.Drawing -- Technique -- Early works to 1800.Drawing books -- Specimens -- Early works to 1800.Heveningham, Bridget -- Autograph. (BACRB copy 1)Moxon , Joseph -- Printer.Moxon, Joseph, 1627-1700 -- Printer.Perspective -- Early works to 1800.Perspective -- Study and teaching -- Great Britain -- Early works to 1800.Toy and movable books -- Specimens -- Early works to 1800.
- Drawing books.
Handbooks and manuals.
Engraving -- 1670.
Etching -- 1670.
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Moxon, Joseph, 1627-1691, Practical perspective, or, Perspective made easie , 1670. (fol.)
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