Record number 03/2825
Author Hamilton, John, F.R.S., 1747
TitleStereography, Or, A Compleat Body Of Perspective, In all its Branches. Teaching to describe, by Mathematical Rules, The Appearances of Lines, Plain Figures, and Solid Bodies, Rectilinear, Curvilinear, and Mixed, in all manner of Positions. Together with their Projections or Shadows, And Their Reflections by Polished Planes. The Whole performed by Uniform, Easy, and General Methods, For the most Part entirely New. In Seven Books. By J. Hamilton, Esq; F.R.S. In Two Volumes. Vol. I.
ImprintLondon: Printed for the Author, By W. Bowyer, in White Fryars, near the Temple, and Sold by S. Austen, at the Angel and Bible in St. Paul's Church-Yard., MDCCXXXVIII.
Physical Description[16], 400 p., 130 pl. (all fold.); 400 mm. (Folio). 
Content Format Note[T.p., dedic.] - Preface - An Abstract Of The Principal Matters contained in the following Work; Directions to the Book-binder, for inserting the Plates; Errata - A Table Of The Principal Matters Contained in this Work; Errata in the Table - A List Of The Subscribers Names; [further Errata] - [Text, with plates].
Summary NoteIn his Stereography Hamilton adapts and expands many of the ideas of Brook Taylor, whom he admired. Declaring that the painter should cultivate the 'art' rather than the 'sense' of seeing, he quickly moves into regions beyond the concerns of most artists. Turner is known to have been familiar with this work; most artists probably preferred the more accessible manuals of Joshua Kirby and Thomas Malton.
Responsibility NoteAll plates are signed as engraved by J. Mynde, except pl. 12, 51, 65, 85, 86, 89, 105, 107. The dedication headpiece is also signed as engraved by him.

The work is dedicated by the author to Sir Joseph Jekyll.
SubjectPerspective - Stereographic projection - History
Manuals - Instructional materials - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century
ReferencesM. Kemp, The science of art: optical themes in western art (1992); P. Descargues, Perspective: history, evolution, techniques (1982).
ESTC T102273 [describing an issue in two volumes]
Copy NotePage 34 carries marginal notes in pencil by an unidentified hand.
Binding Note18th-century calf; rebacked in 20th century, red morocco spine-label lettered 'Hamilton's Stereography'.
ProvenanceAcquired by the Academy before 1784: inscribed in ink on title page, 'Given by G. Barret RA'.
Variant TitleCompleat Body Of Perspective
Contributors Mynde, James, 1702 - 1771, engraver
Bowyer, William, the younger, 1699 - 1777, printer
Austen, Stephen, 1750, bookseller
Barret, George, R.A., 1728 - 1784, previous owner, donor
Jekyll, Joseph, 1662 - 1738, dedicatee
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