VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus. De architectura. Amsterdam: Elzevir, 1649.
VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus. De architectura. Amsterdam: Elzevir, 1649.

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VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus. De architectura. Amsterdam: Elzevir, 1649.

2° (311 x 205 mm). Additional engraved title, 26 woodcut illustrations and one full block repeated three times, woodcut initials and head- and tailpieces. (Some light browning and staining, a few marginal tears.) Contemporary Dutch vellum (vellum split along upper joints, covers bowing). Provenance: Robert Ord (early owner’s name on preliminary blank); John Ord (armorial bookplate).

An illustrated edition of Vitruvius, edited by Joannes de Laet (1582-1649), an historian, geographer, merchant and director of the Dutch East India Company. Among the other architectural works it contains is the first edition in Latin of Sir Henry Wotton's Elements of Architecture, first published in English in 1624 and here in Laet's translation. Brunet V:1328; Cicognara 726; Fowler 417; RIBA 3500.
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