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BELLI, Silvio (fl. 1555-1579). Libro del misurar con la vista. Venice: Giordano Ziletti, 1566.
BELLI, Silvio (fl. 1555-1579). Libro del misurar con la vista. Venice: Giordano Ziletti, 1566.

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BELLI, Silvio (fl. 1555-1579). Libro del misurar con la vista. Venice: Giordano Ziletti, 1566.

4o (200 x 152 mm). Woodcut printer's device on title. 54 woodcut diagrams and illustrations. Woodcut headpieces and initials. (Reset in binding, variable light marginal staining.) Italian paste paper boards (spine repaired, rubbing to edges).

Second edition. Belli was born in Vincenza and practised as architect at Rome and Ferrara, befriending Palladio, who was a co-founder with Belli of Vicenza's Accademia Olimpica. He was also a skilled mathematician and engineer, and wrote two works on the application of geometry to architectural problems: Libro del misurar con la vista and Della proportione, et proportionalitä communi passioni del quanto (Venice: 1573). The former work was first published in Venice by Domenico Nicolini da Sabbio in 1565. Ziletti's edition appeared the following year, followed by a further Ziletti edition in 1569-1570, before both titles were issued together as Quattro libri geometrici in 1595. Referring to this edition, Cicognara wrote: "Le opere di Silvio Belli sono pregiatissime per la scienza, e chiarezza delle esposizione." Adams B-519; Riccardi I(1) 107, no. 1, 2; see Cicognara 427.

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