London, South Kensington
2 June 2008
VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus (c.80-70 B.C.- c.15 B.C.). De architectura libri decem ... accesserunt Gulielmi Philandri ... annotationes. Lyon: Jean de Tournes, 1552. 4° (236 x 150mm). Woodcut vignette portrait and woodcuts in the text by Bernard Salomon, folding letterpress and woodcut table, numerous fine woodcut initials (trifling worming in the blank fore-margins at the beginning, occasional light discolouration). 18th-century sprinkled calf, gilt spine (rubbed, upper cover detached). Provenance: John, Baron Cartaret de Hawnes (circular armorial bookplate) -- Metropolitan Museum of Art, W. Gedney Beatty bequest (book-label and duplicate stamp).
FIRST DE TOURNES EDITION - another appeared in 1586 - and the first edition of Vitruvius, with Philander's annotations, to be printed in France. Berlin Kat. 1813; Cartier 237; Cicognara 712; Fowler 406.
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