Albert Curtz / P.Gaspare Schotto – Mathesis Caesarea sive Amussis Ferdinandea – Würzburg – 1662


Albert Curtz / P.Gaspare Schotto – Mathesis Caesarea sive Amussis Ferdinandea – Herbipoli – 1662


Mathesis Cæsarea, sive, Amussis ferdinandea : in lucem publicam, & lucem eruditae, posteritatis, gratulantibus litteratorum geniis evecta : atque ad problemata universæ matheseos prafetim verò architecturae, militaris  – Würzburg: Johann Jobst Hertz for the widow and heirs of Johann Godefrid Schonwetter, 1662


Publisher: Herbipoli : Sumptibus Viduæ & Hæredum J.G. Schönwetteri, 1662


21 x 17,5 cm

[23], 464, [24], [16]

Half-title, engraved frontispiece, sheets of woodcuts and folding plates.


Scarce work.

Good (laid) paper, some sporadic stains (especially foxing) but mostly clean sheets. Some small sporadic gaps. First and last sheets with somewhat worn edges. Original antique parchment binding with signs of wear and semi-detached spine.

Curious work of the authors Albert Curtz and Gaspar Schott, the latter famous for works such as Magia universalis naturæ et artis or Physica curiosa, a compendium of strange animals, anomalous beings and monsters with 58 plates of chalcographic engravings, where he depicts all kinds of fantastic beings next to real animals that were exotic in those days, such as elephants, giraffes, rhinos or opossums, among many others.

Schott is best known for his work on hydraulic and mechanical instruments. His treatise on ‘chronometric wonders’ is the first work to describe a universal joint and provides the classification of gear teeth.