Paris: Charles-Antoine Jombert, 1751. Third edition. Half leather over linen boards. Folio, pp. 212, illustrated with full page plates and b/w illustrations. Many subtle, expert repairs done to tears in the pages. Page 85 is misnumbered, making it appear that several pages are missing, but the book is complete. Text in French. Very good. Item #19418
Mathurin Jousse (1575-1645) was a master locksmith, architectural theorist, and French technical writer. He was well educated, had extensive knowledge of geometry, and had made a special study of Vitruvius and the great masters in architecture. He was the author of "Secrets of Architecture" (1642), one of the first treatises of stereotomy. The first edition of this book was published in 1627, showing that many techniques were already understood and synthesized well before the 18th century.