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    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 375

    [VITRUVIUS -- ENGLISH]. VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus. The Architecture of... translated from the original Latin by W. Newton, Architect. London: James Newton, 1791.

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    [VITRUVIUS -- ENGLISH]. VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus. The Architecture of... translated from the original Latin by W. Newton, Architect. London: James Newton, 1791.

    2 volumes, 2o (510 x 345 mm). Engraved frontispiece and 46 plates (frontispiece quite spotted, other plates with one or two spots). (Some spotting and staining.) Contemporary green linen-backed marbled paper boards, contemporary manuscript paper labels on the front covers, uncut (boards worn and lightly soiled and nearly detached on volume one, spines chipped). Provenance: One or two corrections to text in a contemporary hand; 19th-century penciled annotations in some plate margins and on fig. LXI.

    FIRST EDITION of volume two, reissue of the sheets of volume one which was first issued in 1771. With the slip "James Newton..." pasted over the names of the booksellers in the imprint of both volumes, plates unnumbered in both volumes, the Preface and plates in volume one are printed on slightly smaller leaves (485 x 345 mm). William Newton's (1735-1790) is the earliest English translation of the first five books of Vitruvius. Brunet V:1331; Cicognara 736; Fowler 425, 428.
    [With:]

    VITRUVIUS POLLIO. The Architecture. Translated by Joseph Gwilt. London: Priestley and Weale, 1826.

    4o (279 x 200 mm). 10 engraved plates and vignettes at beginning of each book on india paper mounted (some spotting). Contemporary half vellum, silver paper boards, title in manuscript on spine, uncut (rubbed and lightly soiled).

    First edition of Gwilt's translation, also published in a limited edition of 25 on large paper. Brunet V:1331; Fowler 430.

    [With:]

    VITRUVIUS POLLIO. The Civil Architecture of Vitruvius. Comprising those books of the author which relate to the public and private edifices of the ancients. London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1812-[17].

    4o (337 x 287 mm), 41 engraved plates (some occasional light spotting). Contemporary half calf, marbled boards, spine gilt (head of spine torn, front hinge cracked, rear joint starting, some rubbing at extremities).

    First edition of William Wilkins' translation of Books III-VI on civil architecture. Though the title-page of this edition is dated 1812, the plates in sections I-IV are dated 1813, 1814, and 1817. Brunet V:1331; Cicognara 744; Fowler 429. (4)


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