27 - 28 June 2006
[PILLONE BINDING.] CIACONO, Alfonso. Historia ceu verissima a calumniis multorum vindicata, quae refert Trajani animam precibus Divi Gregorij Pontificis Romani a tartareis cruciatibus ereptam. - Historia utriusque belli Dacici a Traiano Caesare gesti ex simulachris quae in columna eiusdem Romae visuntur collecta. Rome: F. Zanetti and B. Tosi, 1576.
2o (325 x 225 mm). Titles with engraved woodcut devices and woodcut head pieces, three large woodcut initials (some light marginal dampstaining, a few early manuscript notes in ink in second work). Contemporary vellum over thin pasteboards FINE PEN-AND-INK DRAWINGS BY CESARE VECELLIO: upper cover depicting the Mass of St. Gregory, lower cover with a view of the Trajan's Column in Rome (lacks ties, some light staining, minor worming to lower cover). Provenance: Odorico Pillone (cover drawings); Sir Thomas Brooke (bookplate); Berès 152.
A FINE AND LARGE EXAMPLE IN THE SMALL GROUP OF DECORATED VELLUM COVERS IN THE PILLONE LIBRARY, no doubt by Vecellio himself. This copy is one of 172 books from the celebrated Pillone library with fore-edge or binding decoration by Titian's cousin Cesare Vecellio (1530-1600). Vecellio's enhancements were commissioned in the 1580s by Odorico Pillone or possibly by his son Giorgio, friends of Vecellio, whose family stemmed from the same valley in the foothills of the Alps, and who mentions the Pillones' collections in his famous costume-book, De gli habiti antichi et moderni (Venice 1590). Vecellio painted the fore-edges of the majority of the books, which are bound in boards, while 21 books are in simple vellum bindings whose covers he and other artists filled with pen-and-ink drawings. Thanks to their unusual decoration and to the fact that the library remained intact until the 1950s, all of the Pillone books have been preserved in their original bindings. Adams C-1628 (second work).
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