Very rare description of A universal trigonometry instrument – L’Henry-mètre – 1598

Very rare description of A universal trigonometry instrument – L’Henry-mètre – 1598

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SUBERVILLE (Henri de), L’Henry-metre, instrument royal et universel, avec sa theorique, et pratique demonstree par les propositions elementaires d’Euclide, & regles familieres d’arithmetique […], Paris, Adrien Perier, 1598.

Small 4to, (12) pages, 3 plates, 225 and 19 pages [without the portrait of  King Henri IV of France which does not appear in all copies], contemporary velllum. 


First and only edition of this text by the mysterious Henry de Suberville, in which he describes the composition and use of a universal instrument he created, called the Henry-metre after the King of France.

According to the author, this instrument made it possible to take terrestrial and astronomical measurements.

Printer’s name scratched off on the title page with loss of a few letters, dampstaining at the end of the volume, quire S [pages 137-144] misplaced ; however a good copy in its original binding.

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