London, South Kensington
2 June 1998
PORTENARI, Angelo. Della felicità di Padova ... libri noue. Padua: Pietro Paolo Tozzi [colophon: stamparia del Pasquati], 1623.
2°. Engraved title, 2 engraved plans, one with letterpress key attached, engraved folding view, 9 woodcuts, woodcut vignette headpiece opening dedication, ornamental and typographical head- and tailpieces, historiated and ornamental initials. (Occasional light spotting or browning.) Modern vellum, gilt edges.
FIRST EDITION of an important history of Padua. In addition to the fine engraved plans, Portenari provides woodcut illustrations of military equipment such as battering rams and a city siege. BL 17th-Century Italian II, p. 702; Lozzi 3257; Schlosser-Magnino 459, 487; Vinciana 913 "rara".
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