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    Sale 1922

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 355

    VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus. Architecture ou Art de bien bastir. Translated by Jean Martin. Paris: for Jacques Gazeau and the widow and heirs of Jean Barbé, 1547.

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    VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus. Architecture ou Art de bien bastir. Translated by Jean Martin. Paris: for Jacques Gazeau and the widow and heirs of Jean Barbé, 1547.

    2o (370 x 252 mm). With blank CC6. Woodcut portrait of Jean Martin on title-page and verso of D5, numerous woodcut illustrations in text, 34 full-page (one double-page). (Title-page reattached along gutter with repaired tear slightly crossing woodcut portrait, lacking blank D6 as usual, some occasional spotting and staining.) 19th-century quarter roan, marbled boards, spine gilt (some rubbing, some wear at spine ends and at edges).

    FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST COMPLETE FRENCH TRANSLATION, "...a beautiful example of sixteenth-century French printing" (Fowler). The majority of the illustrations are by Jean Goujon, and many of the remainder are copies of Giovanni Giocondo's cuts for the Venice 1511 edition as well as the 1521 Como edition illustrated by Cesare Caesariano. Berlin Kat. 1807; Fowler 403.


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