5 December 2008
VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus. I dieci libri dell'architettura. Translated and with a commentary by Daniele Barbaro. Venice: Francesco Marcolini, 1556.
2o (400 x 280 mm). Title within woodcut historiated architectural border, 132 woodcut illustrations and diagrams (8 double-page, many full-page, 6 illustrations with woodcut overslips or extentions, the two plates of theaters at end have duplicate revolving plates, Q2 with the volvelle, pasted canceled illustrations on E8v and F7r, B3 a cancel), 11-line woodcut initials, numerous 6-line initials. (Some browning and some mainly marginal pale stains.) Contemporary limp vellum (corner front cover torn, front inner hinge broken, lacking ties, rubbed). Provenance: "Sotili b. Capato" (contemporary inscription inside front cover; Pelagio Pelagi (1775-1860) Celebrated Italian artist (bookplate); Biblioteca Comunitatavia di Bologna (ink stamp cancelled 1890); W. Gedney Beatty (1869-1941), American architect (gifted to): The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Department of Prints (bookplate recording the bequest, cancelled).
FIRST EDITION OF DANIELE BARBARO'S IMPORTANT TRANSLATION AND COMMENTARY WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY ANDREA PALLADIO. From the library of celebrated artist, interior designer and collector of Etrscan and Egyptian antiquities Pelagio Pelagi. Palladio (1508-1580) is mentioned by Barbaro in the text, stating that he did designs for the more important illustrations and helped to interpret the most difficult technical passages. The other woodcut illustrations are very likely by Giuseppe Porta Salviati (1520-1575) and Giovanni Antonio Rusconi (1520-1579). Barbaro's edition "is widely considered to be the most significant Italian edition of the treatise. The illustrations provided by Andrea Palladio, among others, are the most persuasive architectural illustrations associated with the Vitruvian text" (Millard). Berlin Kat. 1814; Brunet V:1330; Cicognara 713; Fowler 407; Harvard/Mortimer Italian 547; Millard Italian 160.
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