Ardüser Geometriae 1627
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RARE WORK ON SURVEYING. ARDÜSER, JOHANN. Geometriae, theoricae et practicae. XIl. Bücher, inn welchen die geometrischen Fundament Euclidis, unnd der selben gebrauch... als in einem Handbuch beschriben werden. Allen Baw- und Kriegsverstendigen, Feldmessern und andern Kunstliebenden zu nutz und wolgefallen. Zürich, J. J. Bodmer, 1627.
4to (200x155 mm). (6), 279, (1) ll. With title within engraved architectural border, 2 folding woodcut plates and diagrams in the text. Some browning in places. Occasional dampstaining to centerfold and upper corners, heavier at beginning. Repaired wormhole at fold to first 3 ll. (with small reinstatement of bordure), long rep. tear to title.
Bound in a vellum leaf from an old manuscript, slightly browned, stained and rubbed.
Rare first edition on surveying.
"The majority of the work deals with commonly encountered survey problems: finding heights of towers, areas of land, etc. The work is notable for the use of a mirror in dealing with some of the more difficult problems. Ardüser´s geometry presents difficulties for the modern reader as a result of his use of recognizable symbols but in another (perhaps older) manner" (T.).
VD 17 39:121225G, Tomash Library A 92, Poggendorff I, 58, Cantor II, 670.
Johann Ardüser (1585-1685), Swiss mathematician and Engineer. He was in charge of the fortifications of Zürich from 1620, and published several works on fortification and geometry.