24 June 2009
VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus. De Architectura libri decem... additis, I. Frontini de aqueductibus. Edited by Giovanni Giocondo. Florence: heirs of Filippo Giunta, November 1522.
2 parts in one volume, 8o (160 x 95 mm). Woodcut printer's device on title and verso of last leaf, 140 woodcut illustrations. (Some leaves with some browning and staining.) 18th-century mottled calf, spine gilt (spine worn). Provenance: I. Bermanni (early signature on title-page and one or two annotations to an illustration and text); W. Gedney Beatty (1869-1941), American architect (gifted to): The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Department of Prints (bookplate recording the bequest, cancelled).
A new typesetting, in italic, of the 1513 Giunta edition, edited by the Dominican friar Giovanni Giocondo of Verona (1435-1515), an important figure among early Renaissance antiquaries. Vitruvius's work is followed by Julius Frontinus' De aquaeductibus urbis Romae, "ouvrage d'une grande utiliti pour la connaissance de l'architecture ancienne" (Hoefer XVIII, 913). Adams V-904; Berlin Kat. 1800; Camerini 172 (wrong collation); Cicognara 699: "Questa edizione non i dissimile da quella del 1513., se non in quanto che gli errori nella prima..., sono in questa corretti"; Fowler 396; Sander 7697.
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