5 December 2008
VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus. De Architectura. Commentary by Daniele Barbaro. Venice: Francesco de' Franceschi and Giovanni Chrieger, 1567.
2o (298 x 205 mm). Woodcut printer's device on title and final leaf, large architectural woodcut on verso of title, and numerous woodcut illustrations in text. (Minor mariginal repairs at beginning, some light browning.) Modern morocco (rebacked preserving original spine).
FIRST LATIN EDITION of Barbaro's commentary. "In this edition Barbaro follows closely the Philander edition of 1552. The plates, reduced copies of those found in the Marcolini edition [of 1556], are attributed by Poleni and Cicognara to Johann Chrieger (Poleni p. 93; Cicognara 716), and are the same as those in the Italian edition of the same year. On page 204 there is a woodcut [birds-eye] view of Venice not found in the earlier issues. The large woodcut initials at the beginning of each book are from a mythological alphabet of Giolito (see Johnson, Initials, pp. 102-103)" (Fowler). Adams V-909; Cicognara 716; Fowler 409; Harvard/Mortimer Italian 550; Millard Italian 161.
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