6 December 2013
GRAPALDI, Francesco Maria (1465-1515). De partibus aedium. Parma: Ottaviano Salado & Francesco Ugoleto for Antonius Quintianus, 7 May 1516.
4o (190 x 145 mm.). Large woodcut portrait of author on title, initials and sunburst mark on verso of final leaf. (Light marginal worming at end.) Late 17th-century German half vellum (some light rubbing and chipping, worming to paste down at end). Provenance: Theophil Galleccini (early owners name on title and some marginalia).
Fourth Parma edition of this treatise on how the perfect house should be built, furnished and run. It contains separate sections devoted to different parts of the house, including the kitchen, library, aviary, stable and nursery, and elucidating terms relating to construction, gardening and the domestic arts. Chapter 9 of Book II Bibliotheca includes a well-known description of the process of papermaking. This is the first appearance of the fine portrait, which was probably included in response to the author's death in 1513. Adams G-1009; Cicognara 520; Fowler 145; Mortimer Italian 220; Sander 3254; Simon Bibliotheca Gastronomica 789.
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