STIRRUP, Thomas.

The Description and Use of the Universall Quadrat. By which is performed…the whole doctrine of triangles, both plain and sphericall… Also propositions…in astronomie, navigation, and dialling. By which is also performed the proportioning of lines and superficies: the measuring of all manner of land, board, glasse…

London: Printed by R. & W. Leybourn, for Tho. Pierrepont…1655

4to, 5 leaves, 212 pages, and 3 engraved plates. With the longitudinal half-title, title within typographical border with sun ornament, woodcut and typographical headpieces and initials, woodcut diagrams. Some light browning throughout, but generally a very good copy. 18th century speckled calf, very neatly rebacked and edges repaired in the 20th century, and endpapers replaced at the same time. 18th century inscription of John Prior on front flyleaf.

SOLE EDITION of Stirrup’s third and last book. It was preceded by his book on the carpenter’s rule of 1651, and by Horometria, on dialling, first published in 1652. Stirrup was a specialist maker of dials, scales and quadrants. Wing S5687. As in the ESTC, A4 has been cancelled and removed, but there is no indication in this copy that B2 is a cancel. Taylor, Tudor & Stuart, 222, with variant title and imprint. According to auction records, of the three copies sold in the last fifty years, this is the only complete one.


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