London, South Kensington
16 November 2004
LEONARDO DA VINCI (1452-1519). Trattato della pittura. - Rafaelle du FRESNE. Vita dell'istesso autore. - Leon Battista ALBERTI. Tre libri della pittura, ed il Trattato della statua. Bologna: Instituto delle Scienze, 1786. 3 works in one volume, 2° (348 x 241mm). 19 full-page engravings by G. Rosaspina after Girolamo Contoli or Pia Panfili, engraved title vignette and 6 engraved head- and tail-pieces by Panfili. (Spotted.) Contemporary half speckled sheep over marbled boards, blue edges (repairs at corners and spine ends). Modern calf chemise and slipcase. Provenance: Halsted B. Vander Poel.
Leonardo's treatise on painting was first printed more than a century after his death, having previously circulated widely in manuscript. The present Bologna edition reprints the first (Paris, 1651) edition, and it is the fifth edited by Du Fresne. Cf. Steinitz and Belt, Leonardo da Vinci's 'Trattato della Pittura.', Copehagen: 1958. Belt 14; Brunet V, 1258; Gamba 1164.
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