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    Fine Books & Manuscripts including Americana

    24 June 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 46

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

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

    2 parts in one volume, 8o (160 x 103 mm). Italic type. Title with woodcut historiated border, 139 woodcut illustrations, decorative initials, Giunta device at end. (A few short marginal tears, some light browning.) Contemporary Italian goatskin (spine ends and some edges restored). Provenance: 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. Giovanni Tacuino published the fourth, and first illustrated, edition of Vitruvius, in 1511 (see previous lot). The illustrations in this edition are reduced copies of those in the Venice edition with the addition of four new subjects, and both editions are by the same editor, Fra Giocondo. Cicognara considers this later edition the more correct. Adams V-903; Berlin Kat. 1799; Brunet V:1327; Cicognara 697; Fowler 394; Millard Italian 157; Sander 7695.


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