3 December 2007
VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus. De architectura. Venice: Simon Bevilaqua, 1497.
2o (306 x 210 mm). [\Kp\k8 \Kc\k2 ] A-I6 K L4; aa6 bb4; a b6. 94 leaves (\Kp\k1r title; \Kp\k1v dedication; \Kp\k1r Cleonidae Harmonicum; \Kp\k8 blank; \Kc\k1r blank; \Kc\k1v index; A1 Virtuvius; L4r colophon; L4v blank; aa1 Frontinus; bb4r register; bb4v blank; a1 Panepistemon Angeli Politiani; b1 Politiani Lamia). 94 leaves. 43 lines and haed-lines. Types: 107R; 105R, parts of quires G,H, aa, bb; 80R, inscriptions and diagrams; 80Gk. Woodcut initials, woodcut diagrams. (Some light staining to title.) 19th-century vellum over boards, upper cover gilt stamped with coat-of-arms, single fillet border, spine with two gilt lettered morocco labels. Provenance: Charles John Shoppee (armorial bookplate on front paste down, two additional engraved bookplates tipped in at beginning, coat-of-arms on binding).
Third edition a close reprint of the second edition (see previous lot), with the tract of Cleonides prefixed and the editorial note at the end of Frontinus omitted. The order of the text is following the order on the title-page. VERY RARE: according to American Book Prices Current, no copy has sold at auction in least the past 75 years. BMC V,522; BSB-Ink. C-461; Cicognara 695; Fowler 392; Goff C-742; GW 7123; Millard Italian 155; Sander 2017.
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