5 December 2008
VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus. De Architectura. Edited by Guillaume Philander. Lyons: Jean de Tournes, 1552.
4o (245 x 166 mm). De Tournes's device on title, medallion portrait of Philander, 83 woodcuts, one folding plate of a monumental inscription, head-pieces, initials, a second printer's device on verso of last leaf. (Some marginal dampstaining, tiny marginal worming at beginning.) Contemporary limp vellum (some spine holes). Provenance: Pradel-Colbert de Croissi (ownership inscription: "Ex libris Biblio. D. D. Caroli de Pradel episcopi Montep[llier](?)" on title); Philip Hofer (bookplate); unnamed consignor (Christie's London, sale 29 November 1995, lot 112).
First de Tournes edition of Vitruvius with the revised and expanded commentary and notes by Philander (1505-1563) and illustrations by Bernard Salomon. Philander studied with Serlio in Venice and worked on Vitruvius in Rome in the Accademia delle Virtú. "Philander's work is at once a learned study and a practical manuel of architecture, incorporating the methods of both the humanists and architects. It is the first synthesis of academic and practical interpretations of Virtruvius' treatise to appear in published form" (Millard). Adams V-908; Berlin Kat. 1813; Brunet V:1327; Cicognara 712; Fowler 406; Millard French 165; Motimer French 550 (lacking the folding plate).
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