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    Sale 2059

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    5 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 34

    SERLIO, Sebastiano. Libro Primo [-quinto] d'Architettura. - Libro Estraordinario. Venice: Francesco Senese & Zuane Krugher, 1566.

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    SERLIO, Sebastiano. Libro Primo [-quinto] d'Architettura. - Libro Estraordinario. Venice: Francesco Senese & Zuane Krugher, 1566.

    2 parts in one volume. 4o (276 x 200 mm). Titles with elaborate architectural border, numerous woodcut illustrations, many full page. Later vellum. Provenance: Heinrich Wölfflin, dated 1887 (1864-1945, art historian).

    First Quarto Edition of Serlio's "Five Books of Architecture," one of the first modern works on architecture. This copy includes the "Extraordinary Book of Doors" that was added to some copies of this edition. The woodcut illustrations are reduced copies of the folio edition. The art historian Wölffin was the successor of Jacob Burckhardt as Professor for Art History at the University in Basel. "He evolved the concept of 'intuitive forms,' that is, the formal dispostion of a picture in a manner common to a particular period" (Harold K. Douthit A few high spots in arichitecture, An exhibition at the Rowfant Club, Oct.-Nov. 1992). Berlin Kat. 2570; Cicognara 668; Fowler 327.


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