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    Sale 2059

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    5 December 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 35

    SERLIO, Sebastiano. Tutte l'opera d'architettura. Venice: Heirs of Francesco de' Franceschi, 1600.

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    SERLIO, Sebastiano. Tutte l'opera d'architettura. Venice: Heirs of Francesco de' Franceschi, 1600.

    4o (237 x 167 mm). Title with woodcut printer's device, 7 divisional titles each within an elaborate architectural border, numerous woodcut illustrations, many full-page, some double-page. (Lower margin of title and outer margin of last leaf reinforced on verso, some light darkening or staining.) 18th-century vellum, sides with border of triple fillets, corners with fleurons, centers gilt stamped with coat-of-arms of Charles Emmanuel III, smoth spine in six compartments, gilt lettered in one. Provenance: Charles Emmanuel III, King of Sardinia (1701-1773, gilt coat-of-arms on sides); Angelo Santucci (owners name on title); CA (small label with printed initials); Casa Orsini, Bibliotheca (ink stamp on title and three other places at beginning and end).

    Second collected edition of the seven books. "Sebastiano Serlio is one of the four Renaissance authors, with Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola, Andrea Palladio, and Vincenso Scamozzi, who surpassed in importance Vitruvius and his sixteenth-century commentators" (Millard). Book 7, in both the first and second editions, is dedicated by the printer to Vincenzo Scamozzi, and the index was prepared by Vinvenzo's father, Giovanni Domenico Scamozzi. The illustrations of Book I-V and Estraordinario are from the same blocks as those of the 1584 and the Venice 1566 quarto edition, those in Book VII are reduced copies of the Venice 1575 folio edition. Berlin Kat. 2572; Fowler 334.; Millard Italian 128; see Mortimer/Harvard Italian 477.


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