London, South Kensington
5 June 2007
BOSCHINI, Marco (1613-1678). La carta del nauegar pitoresco. Dialogo tra vn senator venetian ... e vn professor de pitura .... Venice: Baba, 1660. 4° (205 x 151mm). Engraved frontispiece, portrait and 25 full-page illustrations in the text, half-title, with the final errata leaf (occasional very minor discolouration and spotting) but an unpressed copy in contemporary limp vellum. Provenance: Adolf Bayersdorfer (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION of a fascinating poem in Venetian dialect in twenty-eight cantos or 'winds' written by one of the most eminent art critics of his day. The frontispiece and engravings which illustrate works by contemporary artists - Van Dyke and Poussin among others - are by him. BL STC p.136. Cicognara 976 'Operetta interessantissima'.
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