Paris: Alain Brieux, 1964. 9 1/2 x 12. 44, (6) pages + the facsimile of 9 pages and 68 plates etched by Jost Amman(some color in color). Issued in wraps, this copy is bound by Samuel Feinstein in deep brown morocco with a partial icosahedron rising from the upper cover. This geometric figure was made of wood, covered in the same leather and tooled with a "forced sense of perspective...playing with the idea of light and shadows...."The rear cover complements the front with a two-dimensional platonic solid, based on one of the illustrations; board edges and turn-ins also gilt. In a specially fitted suede-lined tray case with part of the original wrapper inlaid on top. Fine. Item #18433
A high quality facsimile of the 1st edition (Nuremberg, 1568)-- "one of the most mathematically fascinating books of the Renaissance"--in a most sympathetic binding. "Wenzel Jamnitzer (1508-1585), was a renowned Nuremburg goldsmith, designer, and inventor of scientific instruments. In this study of the five Platonic solids, Jamnitzer truncated, stellated, and faceted the regular solids to produce 120 variations, twenty-four variations of each solid. All these creations were illustrated by detailed engravings." (Mathematical Association of America) The book is no. 78 of 150 copies.