Very Good+ in Poor jacket. First edition, 1970, hardcover with gray cloth boards in dust jacket, large octavo, 300pp., not illustrated. Book VG+ with mild toning and wear to boards, binding tight, philosopher Peter Machamer's signature to front flyleaf, otherwise text unmarked. DJ poor, in pieces, missing bottom 30% of spine, held together in mylar wrap.
G+ (DJ has a stripe of tanning along the top edge, along with moderate wear there; dj is corner clipped; rest of book is clean. ) Gray cloth, orange & white dust jacket, 300 pp. "With the publication of David C. Lindberg's first English edition of John Pecham's treatise, Perspectiva communis, scholars have available the most widely read and cited of all medieval works on optics. John Pecham (d. 1292)...was one of the men most actively engaged in the criticism and assimilation of the newly discovered learning of Islam and ancient Greece in the thirteenth century. In the center of the philosophical controversies associated with the new Aristotelianism, Pecham was also interested in the more technical aspects of scientific thought....In the Perspectiva communis, Pecham attempted to reconcile all the available authorities on optics and express their conclusions in easily understandable terms." (dj).
Very Good in Very Good jacket. 7 X10. 302 page hardcover with figure and plate illustrations-an English translation of Perspectiva communis. Translation, introduction and critical notes by David Lindberg. Dust jacket is bright and clean-the only flaw being price clipped on inside front flap. Full cloth exterior with title on spine in black. Interior is unmarked, tight and clean. Bibliography at rear.
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