London, South Kensington
12 November 2007
VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus (70-23BC). Architettura, translated by Giovanni Battista Caporali (1475-c. 1555). Perugia: Conte Giano Bigazzini, 1 April 1536. 2° (286 x 205mm). Roman and Greek types. Woodcut architectural title-page incorporating the portrait and coat of arms of Caporali in the border, woodcut portrait of Bigazzini (the dedicatee) on dedication. 81 woodcuts, 7 full-page. One large woodcut initial with a perspective architectural view, other woodcut initials from 2 sets. (Variable, generally light browning and spotting, occasional light marking, some very light staining, title marked and with small worm-hole, repaired on margin, tipped-in and possibly supplied, R1-2 with neatly-repaired tears, R2 tipped-in.) 19th-/early 20th-century colour-printed paper over semi-flexible cloth covers (lightly rubbed at extremities). Provenance: Antonii Toulli (inscription on title) -- Fran[-] Cattelliani (inscription on title) -- purchase note dated June 1615 and additional pen-strokes to portrait and text on title. FIRST AND ONLY EDITION OF CAPORALI'S TRANSLATION OF VITRUVIUS. Cicognara 706; Brunet V, 1330; Harvard Italian 546; Sander 7700. See note of previous lot.
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