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    Sale 2059

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    5 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1

    ALBERTI, Leon Battista (1404-1472). I dieci libri de l'architettura. Venice: Vincenzo Valgrisi, 1546.

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    ALBERTI, Leon Battista (1404-1472). I dieci libri de l'architettura. Venice: Vincenzo Valgrisi, 1546.

    8o (157 x 114 mm). Publisher's device on title and verso of final leaf, woodcut initials, with blank **4. (Small mended holes to blank portion of title, some light marginal staining.) 16th-century vellum (hinges and spine reinforced).

    FIRST EDITION IN ITALIAN, and the only edition of this first Italian translation, by Pietro Lauro. "One of the most brilliant dilettantes that has ever lived, Leon Battista Alberti had a great visual capacity, a strong sense of beauty, and passionately believed that human dignity resides entirely in work" (Millard). Adams A-487; BMC/STC Italian p. 15; Cicognara 373; Fowler 5; Millard Italian 5.


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    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Collection of Harold K. Douthit