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    Sale 2272

    Fine Books & Manuscripts including Americana

    24 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 49

    VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus. I dieci libri dell'architettura. Translated and with a commentary by Daniele Barbaro. Venice: Francesco Marcolini, 1556.

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    VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus. I dieci libri dell'architettura. Translated and with a commentary by Daniele Barbaro. Venice: Francesco Marcolini, 1556.

    2o (406 x 282 mm). Title within woodcut historiated architectural border, 132 woodcut illustrations and diagrams (8 double-page, many full-page, 6 illustrations with woodcut overslips or extentions, the two plates on theaters at end have duplicate revolving plates, Q2 with the volvelle, pasted canceled illustrations on E8v and F7r, B3 a cancel), 11-line woodcut initials, numerous 6-line initials (title-page lightly soiled and with V2-V4 with marginal repairs). (Some occasionally browning.) Later parchment over contemporary vellum (lightly soiled rubbing to extremities). Provenance: Contemporary marginal annotation R2; Peter Delmé Esq. (18th-century bookplate); W. Gedney Beatty (1869-1941), American architect (gifted to): The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Department of Prints (inkstamp).
    FIRST EDITION of Daniele Barbaro's translation and commentary WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY ANDREA PALLADIO (1508-1580) and possibly Giuseppe Porta Salviati (1520-1575) and Giovanni Antonio Rusconi (1520-1579). Barbaro's edition "is widely considered to be the most significant Italian edition of the treatise. the illustrations provided by Andrea Palladio, among others, are the most persuasive architectural illustrations associated with the Vitruvian text" (Millard). Berlin Kat. 1814; Brunet V:1330; Cicognara 713; Fowler 407; Harvard/Mortimer Italian 547; Millard Italian 160.


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