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2 June 2008
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VITRUVIUS POLLO, Marcus c.80-70 B.C. - c.15 B.C.). De architectura, edited by F.L. Durantino. Venice: G.A. and P. Niccolini da Sabbio, 1524. 2/f (295 x 209mm). Title within an elaborate woodcut border and printed in red and black, 136 woodcut illustrations and diagrams, historiated initials (some staining, B8 with short tear affecting a few lines, small hole in last leaf with very slight loss of text). 18th-century half calf, worn, front cover becoming loose. Provenance: George Aitchison, 1876 (signature and book-label) -- Metropolitan Museum of Art, W. Gedney Beatty bequest (bookplate and duplicate stamp)
Second Edition in Italian, and first Durantino edition. The 136 woodcuts 'are close copies of the full set of blocks from the Giocondo edition of 1511 printed at Venice by Giovanni Tacuino. The copies were made for the first Durantino edition' (Mortimer). Adams V-916; Berlin Kat. 1804; Cicognara 705; Fowler 398; See Harvard/Mortimer Italian, 545; Sander 7699.
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