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An Extraordinary Document: The Constitutions of the Accademia dei Lincei – With Notes toward a History of the Society, A List of the Academy's Members, & A History of the Invention & Development of the Telescope

[Accademia dei Lincei] Vandelli, Domenico (1732-1815); Faber, Johann (1570-1640)
Considerazioni sopra la notizia degli Accademici Lincei Scritta dal Signor Giovanni Bianchi, E promissa all' Opera Intitolata Phytobasanos di Fabio Colonna Restampata in Firenze nel 1744 presso Pietro Gastano Viviani in quarto Reale, Opusculo di Domenico Vandelli. [Bound with, as issued:] Praescriptiones Lynceae Accademiae curante Joan. Fabro Lynceo Bamberg Interamnae, In typ. Guerrerii, 1624 " Hic liber typis editus extat Romae in Bibliotheca Barberina"

Modena: Bartolomeo Soliani, 1745

$16,000.00

Quarto: 19.3 x 14 cm. [1]-48, [49]-64 p. With a divisional title page.

I. "Praescriptiones Lynceae Accademiae"

Prepared for publication by Johann Faber, the Chancellor General of the Lincean Academy, the "Praescriptiones" articulated the society's founding principles and detailed the nature and scope of its activities.

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Favaro, Bib. Galileiana, 483; Tiraboschi, Biblioteca Modenese, p. 342

The First Printed Architectural Treatise

Alberti, Leon Battista (1404-1472)
De re aedificatoria.

Florence: Nicolaus Laurentii, Alamanus, 29 December 1485

$425,000.00

Chancery Folio: 28 x 20.8 cm. 204 unnumbered lvs. Complete. Collation: a-d8, e6, f-o8, p6 q-z, &8, )8, rum8. In signature a, a1 is unsigned and a2-4 are signed ai, aii, aiii. (a1r is blank, a1v is the dedication to Lorenzo de’Medici. The text begins on leaf a2r). Colophon on leaf 203v, verses to the reader by “Baptista siculus,” and register on leaf 204).

Annotations:

The contemporary annotations, while sporadic and few, give an indication of the interests of a Renaissance reader.

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BMC, VI, 630; BSB-Ink A-125; Cicognara, 370; Fowler, 3; Goff, A-215; GW, 579; HC, 419; Millard Italian 4; PMM, 28

“A collection of the flowers of antiquities and histories” for the Elizabethan Reader

Allott, Robert (active 1600); Bodenham, John (active 1600)
Wits Theater of The Little World

London: Iames Roberts for Nicholas Ling, 1599

$18,000.00

Octavo: 12.4 x 7.8 cm. [iv], 269, [7] lvs. Collation: A4, B-2M8, 2N4

“Wits Theater” was produced as part of a publishing project conceived by John Bodenham. The “series” began with Nicholas Ling’s “Politeuphuia: Wits Commonwealth” in 1597, and also included the poetic miscellany “Englands Parnassus” of 1600.

“Wits Theater”

Like the later “Englands Parnassus”, “Wits Theater” was compiled by Robert Allott and may be regarded as the prose equivalent of the poetical “Parnassus”.

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STC 382; ESTC S100300; Grolier, Langland to Wither 15; Pforzheimer 1094; Hoe catalog I: 59

A Miniature Georgian Almanac in a Contemporary Binding with Original Metal Stylus

ALMANAC. MINIATURE BOOKS. Goldsmith, John, active 17th century
Goldsmith. An almanack for the year of Lord God, M.DCC.LXXXII. Being the second after bissextile or leap-year. Wherein are contain’d necessary rules, and useful tables; with a new chronology of remarkable events; also, the proper days and hours for transfering stocks and receiving dividends; and a list of holidays kept at the public offices, &c. Calculated by John Goldsmith.

London: Printed for the Company of Stationers, and sold by John Wilkie, at their Hall Ludgate-Street, 1782

$2,800.00

Duodecimo: 10.5 x 5.5 cm. 8 p. A-B12

A truly lovely copy of one of the miniature almanacs published by the Company of Stationers. Rare. ESTC records only 1 copy of this edition (at the British Library).

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ESTC T35691

In an Attractive Contemporary Binding with Original Metal Stylus

ALMANACS. BINDINGS. Rider, Cardanus, pseud. [?Saunders, Richard (1613-1675)]
Rider’s British merlin: for the year of Our Lord God 1778. Being the second after bissextile or leap-year. Adorned with many delightful and useful verities, fitting all capacities in the islands of Great Britain’s Monarchy. With notes of husbandry, fairs, marts, high roads, and tables for many necessary uses. Compiled for his country’s benefit, by Cardanus Rider.

London: Printed for the Company of Stationers, and sold by G. Hawkins, 1778

$4,800.00

Duodecimo: 12.8 x 8 cm. A-B12, C6. First signature interleaved with blanks.

Provenance: With 18th and early 19th c. annotations to several of the blank leaves, recording births and deaths of several persons, including Mary Price, and detailing the provenance from 1780 to 1804: 1. "James Edward Oliver, 2. "Mary Price" (d.

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ESTC T45018

A Miniature London Almanac in a Silver Filigree Binding

ALMANACS. MINIATURES. BINDINGS.
London almanack for the year of Christ 1782

London: printed for the Company of Stationers, 1782

$6,500.00

5.8 x 3.8 cm. 24 one-sided engraved lvs.

The text is engraved throughout and four of the leaves form a composite view of the London Pantheon in Oxford Street, an early project of the architect James Wyatt (d. 1813). Its main rotunda was one of the largest rooms built in London up to that time.  The venue hosted assemblies, masquerade balls, and concerts.

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ESTC T127694. For similar London Almanack bindings see See Bondy, Miniature Books, pp. 39-41.

Canadian Native Americans as victims & perpetrators of violence

AMERICAS. CANADA. Bressani, Francesco Giuseppe (1612-1672)
Breve Relatione d’Alcune Missioni de’ PP. della Compagnia di Giesù nella Nuova Francia.

Macerata: Heirs of Agostino Grisei, 1653

$15,000.00

Quarto: 21.5 x 15.5 cm. [4], 8 pp., 9-10 ll., 11-127, [1] pp. Collation: π2 A4 B4 (±B1.2) C-Q4

FIRST EDITION of one of the most important eyewitness accounts of 17th-century Canada devoted primarily to the Huron Indians, but also with accounts of other groups, including the Jesuit author’s captivity and mutilation under the Iroquois. He also devotes 25 pages to a 1643 letter written by his Jesuit colleague Isaac Jogues (1607-1646), who was killed by the Mohawks.

Bressani (1612-1672), an Italian Jesuit, travelled to Canada as a missionary in 1642.

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Alden & Landis 653/15; De Backer & Sommervogel II, col. 133; Walter, Jesuit relations, 43; Church 524; James Ford Bell Lib. B-407; JCB II, p. 428; Lande, Canadiana 57; McCoy, Jesuit relations 82; Sabin 7734; not in Eberstadt; Streeter.

A Guide to the Largest and Most Prestigious Building of the Dutch Golden Age

ARCHITECTURE. AMSTERDAM.
Description of the Cityhouse of Amsterdam, with an Explication of the emblematical Figures, Painting, and Images, etc. which are within and without this glorious Building.

Amsterdam: Printed by the Heirs of J. Ratelband and Company, 1738

$3,500.00

Octavo: 15 x 9.5 cm. 98 p., A-F8, G1. With four folding plates

The rare first edition in English of this guidebook to Amsterdam’s enormous neo-classical City Hall (Stadhuis), now the royal palace known as the ‘Paleis op de Dam’. The building is considered the most prestigious of buildings from the Dutch Golden Age.

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ESTC records five copies only (Emmanuel College, Cambridge; Boston Athenaeum, Folger; and National Library of Australia), to which STCN adds University of Amsterdam.

Achieving a Synthesis of Architecture, Painting, & Scenography

ARCHITECTURE. THEATER DESIGN. Galli Bibiena, Giuseppe (1696-1757)
Architetture, e prospettive dedicate alla maesta di Carlo Sesto.

Augsburg: Andreas Pfeffel, 1740

$26,000.00

Folio: 39.5 x 30 cm. 5 folding lvs. (1 letterpress leaf, 4 engraved lvs. (title, dedication, frontis., and portrait), 50 engraved plates divided into 5 series of 10 plates each.

First edition of this important architectural work, richly illustrated, by Giuseppe Galli da Bibiena. First edition of this richly illustrated work on architecture and perspective. The finely engraved plates show brilliant baroque compositions for catafalques, theatrical scenes, a series for the Passion of Christ in elaborate architectural settings, and the decoration of the Riding School at Vienna for the marriage of the Archduchess Mariana with Prince Charles of Lorraine.

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Fowler, 136; Kat. Berlin, 4152; not in Millard; not in Vagnetti

Two New Instruments for Drawing in Perspective

ART. ARCHITECTURE. PERSPECTIVE. Gargiolli, Guglielmo (d. 1664)
Iride celeste de Guglielmo Gargiolli […] Strumento con il quale con facilita si puo disegnare qualsivoglia veduta, e sapere la sua giusta altezza, larghezza, e lontanaza dal luog'ove si sta a disegnarla.

Florence: Giovanni Antonio Bonardi, 1655

$15,000.00

Quarto: 20.3 x 14.7 cm. 93 pp. A-M4 (H1 is a cancel, -L4), π1. With an added portrait-frontispiece of the author, 1 folding table, and 5 folding plates.

Very rare first edition of this treatise on perspective by Guglielmo Gargiolli, the renowned mathematician of the Medici courts of Siena and Florence, and a correspondent of Galileo. The work is dedicated to Ferdinand II, Grand Duke of Tuscany.

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Riccardi, VII, p. 40, «E de noverarsi fra i primi tentativi di distanziometria», Riccardi mistakenly records an earlier edition of 1619 relying on Targioni, Atti, I, p. 334, but the date is obviously incorrect in respect of Gargiolli’s rather obscure biography. See ‘Le opere dei discepoli di G. Galilei, Carteggio (1642–48)’, vol. I, a cura di P. Galluzzi e M. Torrini, Firenze 1975, no. 11

"The Dance of Shadows" - An Important Treatise on Painting & Dutch Art by Rembrandt's Pupil

ART. PERSPECTIVE. Samuel van Hoogstraten (1627-1678)
Inleyding tot de hooge schoole der Schilderkonst: Anders de Zichtbaere Werelt. Verdeelt in negen Leerwinkels, yder bestiert door eene der Zanggodinnen.

Rotterdam: F. van Hoogstraeten, 1678

$16,000.00

Quarto: 20.5 x 16 cm. (14), 361, (8)p., Etched title, engraved portrait by J. Oudann, 14 folding plates and 4 illustrations. Collation: π1, *4, **3, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, 2π1. With an engraved title, 2 copies (different states) of the portrait, 9 engraved chapter titles, 5 engraved anatomical plates, and an added pen and ink illustration (not called for.)

In addition to the added pates there are 4 remarkable text illustrations showing the way light falls and shadows are cast. The most famous of these illustrates the "Dance of Shadows", Van Hoogstraten's innovative theater concept. Each book is prefaced by an allegorical engraving by Van Hoogstraten.

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Arntzen/ Rainwater H63; Hollstein IX, p. 142, 31: J. de Mann, Kunst op schrift, Kunst op Schrift: Een inventarisatie van Nederlandstalige publikaties op het gebied van kunsttheorie en esthetica 1670-1820, 23

“The indispensable link between the earlier Tudor writers and the great Elizabethan and Jacobean writers of English prose” (Ryan, 292) - Printed by John Day

Ascham, Roger (1514/15-1568)
The Scholemaster or plaine and perfite way of teaching children, to vnderstand, write, and speake, the Latin tong, but specially purposed for the priuate bringing vp of youth in Ientlemen and Noble mens houses, and commodious also for all such, as haue forgot the Latin tonge, and would, by them selves, without a Scholemaster, in short time, and with small paines, recover a sufficient habilitie, to understand, write, and speake Latin. By Roger Ascham. An. 1571.

London: Printed by Iohn Daye, dwelling ouer Aldersgate, 1571

$15,000.00

Quarto: 18.4 x 14 cm. [manicule]2, B-T4

 “The Scholemaster”, Ascham’s Masterpiece:

The Cambridge-educated Ascham, one of the best known of the English humanists, produced two works that had a great influence on the use of English as a literary language as well as on the education of children and the conduct of English gentlemen.

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STC 834; cf. PMM 90

Two of the most important literary works of the English Renaissance, Together with Ascham’s Essay on Historiography - With Manuscript waste from a 15th c. Breviary with several lines in Middle English

Ascham, Roger (1514/15-1568)
The Scholemaster or plaine and perfite way of teaching children, to vnderstand, write, and speake, the Latin tong, but specially purposed for the priuate bringing vp of youth in Ientlemen and Noble mens houses b/w Toxophilus, the schole, or partitions of shooting b/w A Report and Discourse written by Roger Ascham of the affaires and state of Germany and the Emperour Charles his court, duryng certaine yeares while the said Roger was there.

London: Printed by Iohn Daye, dwelling ouer Aldersgate, [1571], London: In Fletestreate neare to Saint Dunstones Churche by Thomas Marshe, 1571, London, Printed by Iohn Daye, dwelling ouer Aldersgate, ca. 1570

$45,000.00

Quarto: Three volumes bound as one: 19.5 x 14.2 cm. I. [manicule]2, B-T4. II. *4, A-H8, III. A-I4

I. “The Schoolmaster”:

“The indispensable link between the earlier Tudor writers and the great Elizabethan and Jacobean writers of English prose”(Ryan, 292)

The Cambridge-educated Ascham, one of the best known of the English humanists, produced two works that had a great influence on the use of English as a literary language as well as on the education of children and the conduct of English gentlemen.

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ISTC S100261, S100277, S100282; STC 834, 838, 830

Charting Comets & Renaming the Constellations

ASTRONOMY. COMETS. Weigel, Erhard (1625–1699)
Speculum Uranicum / Aquilae Romanae Sacrum / Das ist / Himels Spiegel / darinnen ausser denen ordentlichen auch die ungewöhnli- chen Erscheinungen des Himmels / mit gebührender Anführungen abgebildet / vornemlich aber 7 der im Gestirne des Adlers / jüngst- hin entstandene Comet / nebst einer neuen Himmels-Charte unter dem Adler des H. Römischen Reiches / dargestellt wird / von Erhardo VVeigelio, ...

Jena: bey Samuel Krebsen, in Verlegung Thomas Matthias Götzen, 1661

$5,800.00

Quarto: 19.8 x 16 cm. [128] p. π1, ):(4, A-M4, a-c4

A rare astronomical work by the astronomer Erhard Weigel, a teacher of Gottfried W. Leibniz. The engraved frontispiece shows a man holding a telescope, standing before the University of Jena, with other astronomical instruments (quadrants, sextants, a globe, etc.

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Zinner p. 582; Poggendorff II, 1283; Kenney 20; Brüning 1061; Pogg. II, 1283; Struve 17; Bircher A1193; FdF 1506-07; not in Hou-zeau-L.; Lit.: Klaus-Dieter Herbst (ed.). Erhard Weigel (1625–1699) und die Wissenschaften. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang 2013

The Controversy over the use of Telescopic Sights. Hevelius observes the Skies with Edmond Halley Two Months Before his Observatory is Lost to Fire

ASTRONOMY. Hevelius, Johannes (1611-1687)
Johannis Hevelii Annus climactericus, sive Rerum uranicarum observationum annus quadragesimus nonus; exhibens diversas occultationes, tam planetarum, quàm fixarum post editam machinam coelestem; nec non plurimas altitudines meridianas solis, ac distantias planetarum, fixarumq́ue, eo anno, quousque divinaconcessit benignitas, impetratas: cum amicorum nonnullorum epistolis, ad rem istam spectantibus: & continuatione historiae novæ stellæ in collo Ceti, ut & annotationum rerum coelestium ...

Danzig: Sumptibus auctoris, typis D.F. Rhetii, 1685

$35,000.00

Folio: 34.8 x 22.5 cm. [6] lvs. 24, 196 pp. Collation: )( 6, )(4, )()(4, )()()(4, A-Z4, AA6. With engraved title page vignette and 7 (1 double-page) engraved plates.

“Annus Climactericus” was the last of Hevelius’ works published in the author’s lifetime. The book comprises observations of the planets, sun, moon, and fixed stars, many of which were made alongside the English astronomer Edmond Halley. The observations were made from 8 January until 25 September 1679, subsequent to the publication of the second volume of Hevelius’ “Machina Coelestis”, almost the entire press run of which was lost in the fire that destroyed Hevelius’ observatory on 26 September 1679.

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VD17 39:125045B; DSB 6, 363; Honeyman 1675. For a thorough discussion of the Hevelius-Hooke controversy, see Saridakis, “Converging Elements in the Development of Late Seventeenth-Century Disciplinary Astronomy: Instrumentation, Education, and the Hevelius-Hooke Controversy”, p. 129 ff.; For an assessment of the relative accuracy of Halley’s and Hevelius’ computations at Danzig, see Cook, “Edmond Halley: Charting the Heavens and the Seas”, p. 93 ff.; For Hevelius’ work on the binary star Mira Ceti, see Hatch, “Hevelius- History and Identity”, in “Change and Continuity in Early Modern Cosmology”, p 158 ff.; For D. Capellus’ contemporary account of the fire and a detailed inventory of Hevelius’ losses, see MacPike, “Hevelius, Flamsteed, Halley”, Appendix I. (London, 1937)

The Augsburg Confession

AUGSBURG CONFESSION. Luther, Martin (1483-1546); Melanchthon, Philip (1497-1560)
Confessio Fidei exhibita inuictiss. imp. Carolo V. caesari aug. in comicijs Augustae. Anno M.D. XXX. Addita est Apologia confessionis [with] Apologia Confessionis Augustanae

The Hague: [No printer, Peter Braubach?], March 1535

$6,500.00

Octavo: 14.5 x 9.5 cm. 189 (i.e. 186) lvs. A-Y8, Z10

The Augsburg Confession:

"On January 21, 1530, the Emperor Charles V issued letters from Bologna, inviting the German diet to meet in Augsburg on April 8, for the purpose of discussing and deciding various important questions.

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Neuser, Bibliographie der Confessio Augustana,18; VD 16, C 4711; Adams C-2135; Jackson 229

The City of God

Augustine, Saint, of Hippo (354-430 AD); Vives, Juan Luis (1492-1540); Healy, John [translator] (d. 1610)
Saint Augustine, Of the citie of God : with the learned comments of Io. Lodouicus Viues. Englished first by J. H. and now in this second edition compared with the Latine originall, and in very many places corrected and amended.

London: Printed by G. Eld and M. Flesher, 1620

$8,500.00

Folio: 32.3 x 21.5 cm. ¶4, A-Z6, Aa-Zz6, Aaa-Zzz6, Aaaa-Dddd6 (lacks blank ¶1).

This second edition was revised by William Crashaw (1572-1626), father of the poet Richard Crashaw, and includes the commentary of Juan Luis Vives (first published in Basle, 1522), which Vives wrote at the suggestion of Erasmus.

"Fifteen years after Augustine wrote the Confessions, at a time when he was bringing to a close (and invoking government power to do so) his long struggle with the Donatists but before he had worked himself up to action against the Pelagians, the Roman world was shaken by news of a military action in Italy.

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STC 917; Estelrich 119. Pforzheimer 19

Gutenberg's Other Great Innovation - The Hibbert-Botfield copy of the Catholicon

BALBUS, Johannes (O.P., d.1298)
Catholicon.

Mainz: [Peter Schoeffer, ca. [1469], 1460

$600,000.00

Theo Gerardy in Gutenberg Jahrbuch articles of 1971, 1973 and 1980 showed that the Galliziani and Tower/Crown paper stocks in the Catholicon did not exist in 1460 and therefore suggested a date in the late 1460s for the edition as a whole. This dating of all three issues to c. 1469 was later taken up by Lotte Hellinga, who added numerous details and arguments to support it in a wide-ranging investigation of typographical evidence in the Catholicon and textual evidence in the 4° Aquinas (see Gutenberg Jahrbuch1989, 1990, 1991, Bulletin du Bibliophile 1991, The Book Collector 1992, Archiv für Geschichte des Buchwesens 1993).

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HC *2254; GW 3182(3); BMC I, 39 (IC. 303); Goff B-20; CIBN B-13 (II); De Ricci, Mayence 90.71 (one of two "exemplaires disparus"). BMC assigns letters to the collation: a-f10, g4, h-t10, v4+1, A-S10, T4. On the Polling provenance, see Richard van Dülmen, “Aufklärung und Reform in Bayern, I. Das Tagebuch des Pollinger Prälaten Franz Töpsl (1744–1752) und seine Korrespondenz mit Gerhoh Steigenberger (1763–1768),” in Zeitschrift für Bayerische Landesgeschichte(ZBLG, 1969) 32 (1969), p. 733, letter of 7 January 1766 to Steigenberger [attached]; and Aretin, Neunter Brief, in Beyträge zur Geschichte und Literatur, vorzüglich aus den Schätzen der Königl. Hof- und Centralbibliothek zu München. I (Munich: Lindauer, 1803), 89

One of the First Attempts to Write a “Protestant” History of the English Church

Bale, John (1495-1563)
The first two partes of the Actes, or vnchast examples of the Englysh votaryes, gathered out of their owne legendes and chronycles by Iohan Bale, and dedycated to our most redoubted soueraigne kynge Edward the syxte.

London: [S. Mierdman] for A Vele and [S. Mierdman], for Iohan Bale, 1550 and 1551

$15,000.00

Octavo: 15.4 x 9.5 cm. [4], 79 lvs; cxx, [4] lvs. Collation: I. *4, A-K8 (with blank K8 present); II. A-P8, Q4

This book consists of two volumes, the first (STC 1273) printed by S. Mierdman for A. Vele, the second (STC 1273.5) by Mierdman for John Bale. As bound, the first four leaves of STC 1273.5, consisting of a general title page ("The first two partes of the Actes..") and the dedicatory epistle, precede the whole of STC 1273, which comprises the first book. The bulk of STC 1273.5 (beginning "The Second Part…" and concluding with the errata) is bound last, as intended by the printer.

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ESTC 100594. Comprises STC 1273 and 1273.5; Davies, “A Bibliography of John Bale”, Number 23 (b) and (c).

Continuing the work of Pacioli and Leonardo - A Fundamental Work on Perspective and the Graphic Representation of Architecture - A Book that Directly Influenced Palladio’s Representation of Buildings in his “Quattro Libri Dell’Architettura”(1570)

Barbaro, Daniele (1540-1570)
La Practica della Perspectiva.

Venice, Borgominieri, 1569

$16,500.00

Folio: 29 x 22 cm. 195 pp., (6) ff. Collation: A-O4, P6, Q-Z4, Aa4, Bb6

First edition of the first systematic treatise on the practical applications of perspective, “La Practica della Perspectiva”, written by the distinguished Venetian patron of Palladio, Daniele Barbaro. Barbaro produced his own edition of Vitruvius in 1567, for which Palladio had furnished illustrations.

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Fowler 36; Millard, Italian Architecture, p. 38-40; Mortimer 39; Vagnetti EIIb23; Wiebenson III-B-7; Berlin Katalog 4694; Kemp, Science of Art, p. 189. Adams B-171; Riccardi I/1°, col. 76; Vagnetti, Prospettiva, EIIb23; Gernsheim, History of Photography, pp. 7-8.