London, South Kensington
2 June 2008
VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus (c.80-70 B.C.- c.15 B.C.). An Abridgement of the Architecture... to which is added... the Etymology and Derivation of the Terms used in Architecture. London: Abel Swall and T. Child, 1692. 8° (146 x 90 mm). Engraved frontispiece, 11 plates, X and XI on one folding leaf (some light browning and offsetting). Contemporary panelled calf (covers detached). Provenance: Metropolitan Museum of Art, W. Gedney Beatty bequest (book-label and duplicate stamp). FIRST ENGLISH EDITION based on Perrault's French translation. Fowler 421; Wing V663.
VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus. De architectura libri decem. Florence: heirs of Filippo Giunta, 27 October 1522. 8° (158 x 95mm). Woodcut device on title and last page, numerous woodcut illustrations in the text (lacks quire K, some worming in quires a-c, title rather dustsoiled). Later 16th-century blindstamped calf (worn lacks most of spine). Provenance: Metropolitan Museum of Art, W. Gedney Beatty bequest (book-label and duplicate stamp). Berlin Kat. 1800; Cicognara 899; Fowler 396.
And an imperfect edition of Vitruvius (Venice, 1584). (3)
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