London, South Kensington
2 June 2008
VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus (c.80-70 B.C.- c.15 B.C.). Architettura, edited by F.L. Durantino. Venice: Niccolò Zoppino, March 1535. 2° (290 x 200 mm). Title within an elaborate historiated woodcut border and printed in red and black, 136 woodcut illustrations and diagrams, historiated initials (occasional light discolouration, a little marginal waterstaining at the end). 18th-century sprinkled calf (upper cover detached, slightly worn). Provenance: Metropolitan Museum of Art, W. Gedney Beatty bequest (book-label and duplicate stamp).
Second Durantino edition. The title border shows figures in battle array, among them Augustus, 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 V916; Cicognara 705; Fowler 399; Harvard/Mortimer Italian, 545; Sander 7700 (note).
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