MALTON, THOMAS. 1748-1804.
A Compleat Treatise on Perspective, in Theory and Practice. WITH: An Appendix, or Second Part ... containing a Brief History of Perspective. London: for the Author, 1778-1783.
2 volumes bound together. Folio (360 x 220 mm). [xii], 296, ; [iv], 160, 8 pp. Engraved frontispiece, and 58 plates (some of which have pasted-on moveable parts). Period half calf. Plate 35 with clean tear across and fore-edge creased, slight offsetting to title, rubbed, joints restored.
Second edition. The Appendix of 1783 did not appear with the first edition and contains 10 plates. The Treatise itself contains two more plates in the second edition than in the first. There is an intriguing 8-page discourse by the author bound at the end relating to his legal dispute with his printers and paper merchants, after a fire destroyed his "350 Books of Geometry, entirely, and near two hundred (out of five) of the Perspective."