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    Sale 1922

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    3 December 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 351

    VITRUVIUS POLLO, Marcus. Di architettura. Edited by F.L. Durantino. Venice: Niccoló Zoppino, March 1535.

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    VITRUVIUS POLLO, Marcus. Di architettura. Edited by F.L. Durantino. Venice: Niccoló Zoppino, March 1535.

    2o (290 x 200 mm). Title within an elaborate historiated woodcut border and printed in red and black, 136 woodcut illustrations and diagrams, figured initials. (Some pale marginal staining and light worming at end.) Early Italian boards (upper cover detached).)

    Second Durantino edition. The title border shows figures in battle array, among them Augustus Caesar, Julius Caesar, and Alexander the Great. The figures are labelled with initials. At the head of a border in a central medallion is a figure of Cicero. The 136 woodcuts "are close copies of the full set of blocks from the Giocondo edition of 1511 printed at Venice by Giovanni Tacuino. The copies were made for the first Durantino edition [Venice, 1524] ... Zoppino secured all of the 1524 blocks except one; that on leaf N1r is a recutting with the heads of the figures strangely enlarged" (Mortimer). Adams V-916; Berlin Kat. 1804; Cicognara 705; Fowler 399; Harvard/Mortimer Italian, 545; Sander III, p. 1323.


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