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Alberti, Giuseppe Antonio.  Trattato della misura delle fabbriche nel quale oltre la misura di tutte le superficie comuni si da ancora la misura di tutte le specie di Volte, e d'ogni specie di solido, che possa occorrere nella misura di esse. Venezia: appresso Giambattista Recurti, 1757. 8vo (21.4 cm; 8.5"). Engr. frontis. port., xxxii, 279, [3] pp., XXXVIII plts.
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First edition of an important work on stereometry — meaning the volume measurement of solid figures — as it relates to architecture, from an influential Bolognese architect and mathematical writer who also invented his own land surveying tools.
        The text has been expertly set to include both complicated and extended formulas and is complete with => 37 full-page plates and one folding engraved plate depicting the various measurements and angles to be taken into consideration when building with various shapes. Alberti uses the research of other architects and theoreticians — including Jousse, Blondel, Sangallo, Parent, La Hire, and Varignon — in the explanations of various mathematical problems.
        Binding: Original cartonné binding; title inked on spine, text untrimmed and partially unopened.

Catalogo ragionato dei libri d’arte e d’antichità posseduti dal conte Cicognara, 389; Riccardi, P. Biblioteca matematica italiana, vol. I, col. 16–7. Bound as above, gently rubbed with squiggle of wormtracking through front board and first leaves including half title/frontispiece, portrait, and title-page, with delicate repairs thereto. Two central sections with light staining to upper outer corners, as of old, very light blue ink; some late leaves with slim crescent of old and likewise light waterstain just into top margins; two leaves with limited in-press ink smears (and a few mispaginations). Nice copy of an important work.  (37209)   Please RESHELVE This.


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