3 December 2007
VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus. De architectura. - Sextus Iulius FRONTINUS. De aquaeductibus. - Angelo POLIZIANO. Panepistemon. - Lamia. Edited by Julius Pomponius and Johannes Sulpitus. [Venice: Christophorus de Pensis, de Mandello] 13 Nov. 1495, with the colophons on 64a and 70b reading respectively: Florence, 1496; Venice, 13 Nov. 1495.
2o (316 x 214 mm). Collation: [\Kp\k2] A-I6 K-L4 a6 aa6 bb4. (\Kp\k1r title; \Kp\k2v index; A1 Vitruvius; L4r first colophone; L4v blank; a1r Politiani Panepistemon; a6v second colophone; b1r Politiani Lamia; aa1 Frontinus; bb4 blank). 86 leaves. 43 lines and head-line. Type: 109R; 80R. Initial spaces with guide letters. Woodcut diagrams. (Some marginal staining and worming, heavier at end.) Contemporary blind-stamped Italian calf over wooden boards, early vellum rebacking. (Upper cover detached, worming and wear to spine ends and edges).
Second edition. The several treatises in this edition do not follow the order given in the title, but the collation corresponds with BMC and BSB-Ink. With the Vitruvius the work includes two brief literary studies by Angelo Poliziano, who edited Alberti's De re aedificatoria (Florence, 1485) and like the first edition (see previous lot) Frontinus' study of aqueducts. VERY RARE: according to American Book Prices Current, only two imperfect copies of the second edition have sold at auction (1980, lacking 6 leaves, and 1962, lacking 22 leaves) in the past 75 years. BMC V,474; BSB-Ink. V-271; Fowler Goff V-307; IGI 10347; Sander 7693.
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