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    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    4 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 203

    VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus. Vitruvius iterum et Frontinus a Iocundo revisi. Edited by G. Giocondo. Florence: Giunta, October 1513.

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    VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus. Vitruvius iterum et Frontinus a Iocundo revisi. Edited by G. Giocondo. Florence: Giunta, October 1513.

    2 parts in one volume, 8° (160 x 100mm). Italic type. Title with woodcut border, 139 woodcut illustrations, Giunta's device on verso of last leaf. (Some light browning.) Contemporary limp vellum, spine titled in manuscript, edges purple (lacking ties, short split across spine, light soiling). Provenance: early inscription deleted from title) -- W. Gedney Beatty (1869-1941, American architect; gifted to:) -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Department of Prints (bookplate recording the bequest, cancelled).

    Second Giocondo edition. The woodcuts in this edition are reduced copies of those in the Venice, first illustrated edition, of 1511, to which are added four new subjects. Cicognara considers this later edition the more correct. Adams V-903; Berlin Kat. 1799; Brunet V:1327; Cicognara 697; Fowler 394; Giunti 45; Millard Italian 157; Sander 7695.


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