London, South Kensington
5 June 2007
CATANEO, Pietro (d.1569). I quattro primi libri di architettura. Venice: Aldine Press, 1554. 2° (339 x 234mm). Woodcut device on title and last page, woodcut initials and illustrations, some full-page (a few stains, waterstains and some spotting) but an unsophisticated copy in contemporary boards (spine rather worn, some stains, stitching weak, 2 corners defective).
FIRST EDITION of an interesting and important work, divided into four books. The first treats of the siting and laying out of cities with their fortification; the second of building materials; the third outlines the principles of ecclesiastical architecture while the last gives plans for palazzi. Edit-on line 12034; Renouard 159/8; Fowler 82; Cicognara 465.
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