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The First Catholic Emblem Book and a Landmark in Book Illustration - Edouard Rahir's Copy

Arias Montano, Benedictus [Benito Arias Montano] (1527-1598)
Humanae Salutis Monumenta

Antwerp: Christophe Plantin, 1571 but 1572

$12,500.00

Octavo: 21.4 x 13 cm. Collation: A-I8, K4, A-B8 Complete with final blank leaf.

A series of beautifully rendered emblems, engraved by Abraham de Bruyn (ca. 1539-1587), Pieter Huys (1520-1577), Jan Wierix (ca. 1549-1615) and his brother Hieronymus Wierix (ca. 1553-1619) after drawings by Pieter van der Borcht the Elder (ca.

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Landwehr 43-44; Voet 588 (calling this a variant of the first). cf. Sorgeloos 111

The Monuments of Ancient Rome Engraved by Piranesi’s Collaborator & Rival

Barbault, Jean (1718-1762)
Les Plus Beaux Monuments De Rome Ancienne. Ou Recueíl Des Plus Beaux Morceaux de L'Antiquité Romaine Qui Existent Encore: Dessinés Par Monsieur Barbault Peintre Ancien Pensionnaire Du Roy a Rome, Et Gravés, en 128 Planches Avec Leur Explication.

Rome: Chez Bouchard et Gravier Libraires François rüe du Cours près de Saint Marcel, de l 1761

$16,000.00

Large Folio: 51 x 35.5 cm. VIII, 90 pp. Collation: [π]1, [a]-[c]1, A-Z, Aa-Yy1. With 73 added plates. Complete.

The French artist Jean Barbault arrived in Rome in 1747 and quickly became involved with the circle of Piranesi, with whom he worked on the “Varie Vedute di Roma Antica e Moderna” and for whose “Antichità Romane” he contributed figures for 14 plates “thus becoming one of the few official collaborators” of Piranesi. Barbault’s own views appeared 7 years after his collaboration with Piranesi.

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La Cicognara 3593; Fowler 37; Millard IV, no. 13; RIBA, Early Printed Books, 184

With Verses by Aphra Behn. A Fantastic, Large-Paper Copy

Behn, Aphra (1640-89); Aesop (ca. 620-564 B.C.); Barlow, Francis (1626?-1702)
Aesop’s fables with his life: in English, French and Latin. Newly translated. Illustrated with one hundred and twelve sculptures. To this edition are likewise added, thirty one new figures representing his life. By Francis Barlow.

London: Printed by H. Hills jun. for Francis Barlow, and are to be sold by Chr. Wilkinson at the Black-boy against St. Dunstan’s Church in Fleet-street, Tho. Fox in Westminster-hall, and Henry Faithorne at the Rose in St. Paul’s Church-yard, 1687

$28,000.00

Folio: 36.3 x 22.8 cm. [8], 40; 40; 17, 2-221, [3] p. COLLATION: π1(printed title), a2, B-L2; B-L2, B-Z2, Aa-Zz2, Aaa-Ppp2.

For this second edition of his magnificent production, Barlow commissioned Aphra Behn, then at the height of her popularity as a playwright and poet, to write verses to be engraved on the 110 plates illustrating the fables. In order to substitute Behn’s verses for those of Thomas Philipot (d. 1682), the lower area of the plate needed to be burnished down and the new verses engraved onto the plate in place of the earlier ones.

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Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), A703

The "Ship of Fools" - With More than 100 Woodcuts by Tobias Stimmer

Brant, Sebastian (1457-1521); Locher, Jakob (1471-1528); Stimmer, Tobias (1539-1584)
Stultifera navis mortalium .. per Iacobum Locher Latinitati donatus.

Basel: Sebastian Henricpetri, March 1572

$5,800.00

Octavo: 17.5 x 11 cm. 16 lvs. (last 2 blank), 284 p., 2 leaves (the last blank). Collation: [alpha]-[beta]8, a-s8 ([beta]7-8 and s8 blank and present)

Sebastian Brant's celebrated 1494 "Das Narrenschiff" ("Ship of Fools)", in the Latin translation (1497) of Jakob Locher. This is the first edition to include the fine woodcuts of Tobias Stimmer.

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VD16, B 7081; BM STC, German Books p. 147; Adams B 2673; For Stimmer, see Geelhaar, Stimmer 1984 54; Andresen, Der Deutsche Peintre-Graveur 1864-78, III.210.1

Illustrated with 100 Woodcuts - In a Contemporary Italian Binding

Dante Alighieri (1265-1321)
Opere del Divino Poeta Danthe con svoi Comenti : Recorrecti et con ogne diligentia novamente in littera cvrsiva impresse. In bibliotheca S. Bernardini. [With the commentary of Cristoforo Landino.]

Venice: Per Miser Bernardino Stagnino da Trino de monferra, 28 March, 1520

$16,500.00

Quarto: [12], 441 leaves. Collation: AA12, a-z8, [et]8, aa-zz8, 2[et]8, [con]8, [rum]8, A-E8

The book is illustrated with a full-paged woodcut of Dante with three scenes (1. wandering in the “selva oscura”, 2. beset by the lion, leopard and wolf, and 3. led by Vergil.) The poems are illustrated with 98 smaller woodcuts. In addition to the woodcuts that illustrate the text, there is a vignette of Adam & Eve, God, and the Serpent in the Garden of Eden that appears on the title page and again in the woodcut border on the first leaf of the Inferno.

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Adams D 90; Mambelli, Annali delle Edizioni Dantesche, no. 27; Colomb De Batines, Indice generale della Bibliografia dantesca I, 78; Sander, Le livre à figures italien, depuis 1467 jusqu’a 1530, 2325; Essling, Les livres à figures Vénitiens de la fin du xve siècle et du commencement du xvie, 529

Ariosto as Operatic Ballet - A Rare Account of a 17th c. Italian Festival - The Feltrinelli Copy

FESTIVALS. Rondinelli, Simone Carlo [Salvadori (Andrea), 1591-1634, librettist] Accademia dei Rugginosi (Florence)
Le Fonti d’Ardenna festa d’arme, e di ballo; fatta in Firenze da dodici Signori Accademici Rugginosi il carneuale dell’anno 1623. Nel principato del Sig. Alessandro del Nero. Inuenzione del Sig. Andrea Saluadori. Descritta dal Rugginoso Percosso

Florence: Pietro Cecconcelli, 1623

$4,800.00

A fascinating and vivid description of ‘The fountains of the Ardennes’, an entertainment that included singing, a tournament on horseback, and dancing, performed by the Accademici Rugginosi in the Palazzo della Gherardesca (Casa Rinaldi), on 3 February 1622 (stile fiorentino). The librettist was Andrea Salvadori, from 1616 to 1628 the principal author of texts for theatrical entertainments at the Florentine court.

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A Lavishly Illustrated Festival book from the Plantin Press

FESTIVALS. SPLENDID CEREMONIES. Bochius, Joannes (1555-1609)
Historica narratio profectionis et inaugurationis serenissimorum Belgii principum Alberti et Isabellæ, Austriæ archiducum: et eorum optatissimi in Belgium aduentus, rerumque gestarum et memorabilium, gratulationum, apparatuum, et spectaculorum in ipsorum susceptione et inauguratione hactenus editorum accurata descriptio.

Antwerp: Ex Officina Plantiniana, apud Ioannem Moretum, 1602

$15,000.00

Folio: 37.5 x 24.5 cm. 500, [12] pages. Collation: A-Y4, Z2, a-b2, c4, d2, e4, f-k2, l-m4, n2, o-q4, r2 (quire r bound before q), s4, t-v2, x4, y2, z4, Aa2, Bb-Dd4, Ee2, Ff-Tt4, Vv6, Xx-Zz4, AA4, [dagger]6.

A splendidly illustrated record of the triumphal entries of the newly-weds Albrecht VII, Archduke of Austria, Duke of Brabant (1559-1621) and his bride Isabella Clara Eugenia, Infanta of Spain (1566-1633) into Brussels, Antwerp, Ghent and Valenciennes in 1599. The author, Bochius (1555-1609) was town clerk of Antwerp.

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Bibl. Belgica, I, B389; Hollstein. Dutch, III, p.102; Kramm, I, p. 123-124; Thieme-Becker, XXXIV, p. 176; Wurzbach, I, p. 140-141; Imhof (Moretus) B-44; Landwehr (Splendid ceremonies) 62. - Berlin Kat. 2945; Lipperheide 2657 (Sd14) See also: Margit Thofner, "Domina et princeps proprietaria": The Ideal of Sovereignty in the Joyous Entries of the Archduke Albert and the Infanta Isabella" in Albert & Isabella, 1598-1621, Essays (Turnhout, 11998) p. 55-66

The Indispensible Work on the Construction of Saint Peter’s Basilica

Fontana, Carlo (1638 - 1714)
Templum Vaticanum Et Ipsius Origo Cum Aedificiis maxime conspicuis antiquitus, & recens ibidem constitutis; Editum Ab Equite Carolo Fontana Deputato celeberrimi eiusdem Templi Ministro, atque Architecto. Cum plerisque Regulis, novisque Architecturae Operationibus ab Ipsomet in lucem evulgatis. Cum Indice Rerum notabilium ad calcem locupletissimo. Opus In Septem Libros Distributum, Latinisque literis consignatum A Joane Jos: Bonnerve De S. Romain. Et dicatum Eminentissimis, ac Reverentissimis Dominis Cardinalibus Sacrae Congregationi R. Fabricae Divi Petri Deputatis.

Rome: Ex Typographia Io: Francisci Buagni, 1694

$8,500.00

Large Folio: 44 x 32 cm. [32], [4], 489, [29] pp. Collation: a4, b6, c-d4, A4, B2, C-X4, Y2+1, Z4; Aa-Cc4, Dd2, Ee3, Ff-Gg4, Hh2, [inserted plate], Ii-Zz4, Aaa-Fff4, Ggg-Kkk1, Lll-Vvv4, Xxx6. With 79 full-paged plates, some of which are folding.

This impressive production was commissioned by the Sacred Congregation of the Construction of St Peter's (the Fabricca), to justify the expense of rebuilding the church. It is presented by Fontana in seven parts: (1) Cose piu notabile della potenza Romana (on the historic importance of St Peter's - here a plate is included showing overlapping plans of Old and New St. Peter’s, as well as Nero's Circus), (2) Antica Basilica (i.

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National Gallery (Washington), Mark J. Millard Architectural, IV (2000), no. 38, p.141-8; Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 2 (1995), no. 1096; Johns Hopkins University, The Fowler Architectural Collection (1961), no. 122, p.105-6.

The First Illustrated Edition of Fulvio's Architectural Guide to Rome - With Important Additions by Girolamo Ferrucci

Fulvio, Andrea (ca. 1470-1543); Ferrucci, Girolamo (fl. 1588)
L' Antichità di Roma di Andrea Fulvio antiquiario romano, di nuouo con ogni diligenza corretta & ampliata, con gli adornamenti di disegni de gli edificij antichi & moderni; con le aggiuntioni & annotationi di Girolamo Ferrucci Romano

Venice: Girolamo Francini, 1588

$3,800.00

Octavo: 15.4 x 10.8 cm. *4, A-Z8, Aa-Ii8, Kk12

Illustrated with 93 woodcut illustrations of the architecture of Rome. This edition has been enlarged by Girolamo Ferrucci to include information on the dramatic renovations and new buildings constructed during the reign of Pope Sixtus V (reg. 1585-1590). A number of the changes, renovations and restorations undertaken by Sixtus are depicted in the woodcuts, which were prepared specifically for this this edition.

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Cicognara 3741; Schudt 601; Rossetti, Rome: The Guide Books, G 480; Borroni 7914/6; Fossati-Bellani 900; Platneriana 296; Choix, 16979; Adams F 1155; Philip Jacks in Dictionary of Art XI.838 & his "The Antiquarian and the myth of antiquity", pp. 180-84; R Weiss, "Andrea Fulvio antiquario romano 1470-1527", Ann. Scuol. Sup. Pisa ii.28 (1959) 1-44, & "Renaissance Discovery of Classical Antiquity" (1969), 86-9 & 178-9.

One of the Most Sought-after Illustrated Books of English Poetry

Heywood, John (1497?-1580?)
The Spider and the Flie. A parable of the Spider and the Flie, made by John Heywood

London: in Flete Streete By Thomas Povvell, 1556

$42,000.00

Quarto: 19 x 14.5 cm. A-C4, A-Z4, Aa16, Bb6, Cc8, Dd12, Ee16, Ff14, Gg8, Hh-Ss4.

“‘The Spider and the Flie’ is an allegorical mock-heroic bestiary in rhyme royal by John Heywood. It was printed in 1556 but, according to Heywood’s epilogue, was begun nineteen years earlier. The time span between composition and publication may account in part for the generally acknowledged obscurities and inconsistencies of Heywood’s political and religious allegory.

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STC 13308; Grolier, Langland to Wither, 137. Pforzheimer 469; McKerrow & Ferguson 50

The Roman & Byzantine Emperors - Profusely Illustrated with Medallion Portraits

Huttich, Johann (ca. 1490-1544); Weiditz, Hans (ca. 1495- ca. 1536), artist
Imperatorum et Caesarum Vitae, cum Imaginibus ad vivam effigiem expressis. Libellus auctus cum elencho & Iconiis Consulum ab Authore. M.D. XXXIIII.

Strasbourg: Vuolphgangus Caephalaeus, 1534

$6,000.00

Quarto: Aa-Bb4; A-X4, Y6; aa-dd4. Complete.

Fourth and most complete edition of Huttich’s "Imperatorum et Caesarum Vitae", his most important work, first published in 1525. 

This volume is profusely illustrated with several hundred woodcut images, most of which are by Hans Weiditz. Each is accompanied by a short biography.

"The medallions of the emperors [and their families] are 268 in number, commencing with Julius Caesar and ending with Frederick III, Maximilian I and his son Philip the Fair, Charles V and Ferdinand I.

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Adams H-1248; BM German p.427 (602.b.I); Chrisman H5.1.4b; Fairfax Murray #219; Campbell Dodgson II, 148; Brunet III, p.392; Cunnally, pp. 197-198

The First Appearance of the Palatino Topographical map of Rome

Marliani, Bartolomeo (d. 1560)
Vrbis Romae topographia B. Marliani ad Franciscvm Regem Gallorvm eivsdem vrbis liberatorem invictvm. Adiecta priori eiusdem auctoris topographiae editioni in hoc opere sunt. Vrbis, atque insignium in ea aedificiorum descriptiones, compluràque alia memoratu digna. Errores nonnulli sublati. Tituli, inscriptionèsque non aliter, quàm ipsis inerant marmoribus, emendatissime expressi, qui ab aliis hactenus neglecto ordine, & perperam in lucem editi inveniuntur.

Rome: Valerio and Luigi Dorico, 1544

$18,000.00

Folio: 30.5 x 21 cm. [12], 122, [2] pp. A6, A-B4, C-L6

Illustrated with 23 fine woodcut illustrations (of which five are full-paged), including a double-page map of Rome signed by the calligrapher Giovanni Battista Palatino (Frutaz 12). The map is of great importance in the history of Roman cartography, as it is the source for Bufalini’s plan of 1551, which in turn served the model for Nolli’s plan of 1748. The most famous and influential of the illustrations is a full-paged woodcut of the spectacular sculptural grouping of Laocoön and his sons, a Roman marble copy of a Hellenistic original, discovered in the Baths of Titus in January, 1506 and removed to the Vatican at the direction of Julius II.

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Fowler 189; Mortimer Italian, 284; Adams M-610 (this issue); Berlin Katalog 1831; Brunet III.1437; Cicognara 3778; Schudt, Le Guide di Roma, 605; Rossetti G-308; Borroni II.7923.3; Schlosser p. 601; Fossati Bellani 903; Olschki 17512; on the map: Fruatz, Le Piante di Roma, Vol. I, No. 12

A Large Paper Copy of the First Illustrated Edition

Milton, John (1608-1674)
Paradise Lost. A Poem In Twelve Books. The Authour John Milton. The Fourth Edition, Adorn’d with Sculptures.

London: Printed by Miles Flesher, for Jacob Tonson, at the Judge’s-Head in Chancery-lane near Fleet-street, 1688 AND 1688

$20,000.00

Folio 36 x 22.8 cm. I. [A]-B2, C-Z4, Aa-Xx4, Yy-Zz2, Aa2. II. A-R2; A-H4. With an added engraved portrait of Milton and 12 plates illustrating the first work.

“The only major English literary work with important engraved illustrations in the 17th century is the first illustrated edition of ‘Paradise Lost.’” (Edward Hodnett)

"‘Paradise Lost’ is at once a deeply traditional and a boldly original poem. Milton takes pains to fulfill the traditional prescriptions of the epic form; he gives us love, war, supernatural characters, a descent into Hell, a catalogue of warriors, all the conventional items of epic machinery.

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I. Wing M2147; Shawcross 347; Coleridge 93b; Pforzheimer 720; Wither to Prior #607; Hofer, Baroque Book Illustration, 16. II. Wing M2154; Shawcross 348; Coleridge 170; Pforzheimer 721

The Mechanical Reproduction of Perspective - "The Art of Drawing anything you like by means of a linear, hollow, moveable mechanical parallelogram"

OPTICS. ART. INSTRUMENTS. Scheiner, Christoph, S.J. (1575-1650)
Pantographice, seu, Ars delineandi res quaslibet per parallelogrammum lineare seu cauum, mechanicum, mobile: libellis duobus explicata & demonstrationibus geometricis illustrata, quorum prior epipedographicen, siue planorum, posterior stereographicen, seu solidorum aspectabilium viuam imitationem atque proiectionem edocet.

Rome: Lodovico Grignani, 1631

$10,500.00

Quarto: 24.4 x 17.3 cm. [12], 108 p. Collation: π6 (includes half-title and engraved title), A-N4, 2π2 (leaf 2π1 signed N3).

First edition of this important treatise on the pantograph, an instrument for copying drawing or plans, and which, in a modified form, may also be used for copying three-dimensional objects and mechanically reproducing perspective. In addition to copying originals at their actual size, the pantograph is also capable of reducing or enlarging. The work, subtitled "the Art of Drawing anything you like by means of a linear, hollow, moveable mechanical parallelogram", also includes an extensive treatise on parallelograms.

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Tomash & Williams S35; Cicognara 658; USTC 4014028

The First Illustrated Edition

Ovid. Ovidius Naso, Publius (43 BC-17 AD); Sandys, George (1561-1629), translator
Ovid’s Metamorphosis Englished, Mythologiz’d, and Represented in Figures. An Essay to the Translation of Vergil’s Aeneis. By G.S.

Oxford: J. Lichfield, 1632

$12,000.00

Folio: 30 x 20 cm. π6 (-blank π1), ¶4, A-D4, E4 (-blank E4), F-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Ttt4, Vvv2. (Leaves Q2 and 3 reversed.) With an added engraved title, engraved portrait frontispiece, and fifteen full-paged engravings.

This edition of Sandys’ translation also includes his translation of Book One of Vergil’s “Aeneid”. Sandys never accomplished the task of translating the entire poem. The work that he found “too heavy a burthen” was later taken up by his admirer, John Dryden. On the front end-paper of this volume is a manuscript quote, attributed to Dryden, which reads, “English poetry owes much of its present beauty to Sandys’ translations.

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Bandini Annales p. 180

The Earliest Guide Book to Rome

ROME. ANTIQUITY. GUIDEBOOKS.
Mirabilia Rome. (Contents: Mirabilia Romae - Historia et descriptio urbis Romae - Oratio de S. Veronica - Indulgentiae ecclesiarum principalium urbis Romae - Stationes ecclesiarum urbis Romae)

Rome: Etienne Guillery and Herculano Nani, 1511

$26,500.00

Octavo: 12.5 x 9.5 cm. 64 leaves. Collation: [ ]8, [A]8, B-G8

The subjects of the woodcuts are: The She-Wolf suckling Romulus and Remus (title page); Rhea Sylvia in prayer within a four part woodcut border that features another representation of the wolf and twins (divisional title of the “Indulgentiae”); the arms of the Emperor, the provincial government of Rome (SPQR), and Pope Julius II (with the oak tree emblem of the Della Rovere); the sudarium of Veronica being displayed to a crowd of nuns, with the symbols of the Evangelists in the border; 7 woodcuts of Saints, the Madonna and Child, and the Crucifixion, each representing one of the principal churches of Rome: St.

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Rossetti G 191; Schudt 34 (Indulgentiae only); Pescarzoli (Fossati Bellani) 652; Sander 4642; cf. PMM 12; Literature: Nine Robijntje Miedema, Die "Mirabilia Romae": Untersuchungen zu ihrer Uberlieferung mit Edition der deutschen und niederlindischen Texte. (Miinchener Texte und Untersuchungen zur deutschen Literatur des Mittelalters, 108.) (Tubingen: Max Niemeyer,1996)

The Grand Tour. 18th c. Views of Rome by Piranesi’s Pupil

ROME. Cassini, Giovanni Maria (1745-1824)
Nuova raccolta delle megliori vedute antiche et moderne di Roma disegnate ed incise da Giovanni Cassini.

Rome: Venanzio Monaldini, 1779

$10,500.00

Oblong folio: 27 x 40.5 cm. Engraved allegorical title, dedication leaf, index, and 80 engraved plates.

First edition of these elegant views of Roman monuments by the engraver Giovanni Maria Cassini, who learned his craft from none other than Giambattista Piranesi, and who would go on to win fame as an important map and globe-maker. In the “Nuova raccolta”, Cassini includes a view of Santa Maria Del Priorato (pl. 13), one of the very few architectural designs of Piranesi to come to fruition, and a church considered to be the first Neoclassical building in Rome.

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Cicognara 3657; Millard, Italian No. 30

The Rare First Edition - "Marks a Revolution in the Long and Rich Series of Roman Guide Books"

ROME. Felini, Pietro Martire (1565-1613)
Trattato nuouo delle cose maravigliose dell'alma città di Roma: diuiso in due parti : nella prima si discorre breuemente delle cose più essentiali appartenenti à trecento & più chiese : nella seconda con facitlià & bellissimo ordine si mostrano & dichiarano tutte l'antichità della detta alma città

Rome: Bartolomeo Zanetti, 1610

$5,400.00

Octavo: 16 x 10.8 cm. Two parts in one volume: 136 pp.; 109, (3) pp.

Rare first edition of Pietro Martire Felini's "Trattato", a milestone in Rome guide books, printed by Bartolomeo Zannetti for the publisher Giovanni Antonio Franzini and the heirs of Girolamo Franzini.

"The 'Trattato', in part a reworking of that of Prospero Parisio, marks a turning point in the long and rich series of guides of Rome whose origins can be traced back to the end of the fifteenth century.

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Schudt 173 and pp. 34-37 ("assai rara"). Choix 16923. Rossetti G-571. Schlosser 601 ("Guida molto importante")

"The most ambitious of the Renaissance treatises on architecture"

Scamozzi, Vincenzo (1552-1616)
L'idea della architettura universale, di Vincenzo Scamozzi architetto veneto divisa in X. libri [...] Parte seconda Dell'esquisitezza de' cinque ordini ...

Venice: Giorgio Valentini, 1615

$12,000.00

Folio: 33.8 x 22.5 cm. Part I: [16], 90, [7], 96-128, 125-193, [2], 194-218, [4], 219-352, [34] p. (included in the pagination are: engr. t.-pl. (incl. port.), 36 full-page woodcuts (3 dble.), 4 dble. engr. pl.). - Part II: [12], 172, [4], 173-232, 235-[269], [v], 271-370, [22] p. (included in the pagination are: engr. t.-pl. (incl. port.), 40 engr. pl. (1 dble.), 6 full-page woodcuts). This pagination for Part I includes the printer

“Scamozzi, along with Sebastiano Serlio, Palladio, and Vignola, was one of the most distinguished theorists of the Renaissance… He is distinguished among 16th century Italian architectural theorists in having also produced a large body of surviving architectural works.

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Cicognara 651; Avery 54; Fowler 292; Berlin Kat. 2605; Cicognara 651; BAL, RIBA 2917; Millard Italian 123. Collated against the Royal Academy copy.

Vasari’s Lives of the Artists

Vasari, Giorgio (1511-1574)
Le vite de' più eccellenti pittori, scultori et architetti di Giorgio Vasari, pittore & architetto aretino; parte prima e seconda [-terza] ; in questa nuoua edizione diligentemente riviste, ricorrette, accresciute d'alcuni ritratti, & arricchite di postille nel margine.

Bologna: Presso gli heredi di Euangelista Dozza, 1647

$18,000.00

Quarto: 3 volumes: each measures: 23.3 x 16 cm. I. π6 (includes engraved frontis.), b-h4, i6, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Hhh4. II. π6 (includes engraved frontis.), B-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Yyy4. III. π4 (includes engraved frontis.), ††4, a-c4, d6, a4, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Vvv4, Xxx6. There are two cancels in this set, in Vol. I sig. Yy, and Vol. III sig. A, with the original cancellands still in place.

“Giorgio Vasari invented Renaissance art. In 1550, he published a collection of one hundred and forty-two biographies, his ‘Lives of the Most Excellent Italian Architects, Painters, and Sculptors from Cimabue to our Times’, and defined a period of artistic activity spanning nearly three hundred years in terms of rebirth (rinascità) and progress. He gave the history of the visual arts in Italy a determined course as they advanced towards the perfection of his own day through the contributions of individual artists.

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Churchill, Bibliografia Vasariani, #12 note. All of the following references record the 1648 Dozza edition unless where noted. Graesse VI, 264. Brunet V, 1096. Choix, 15790; Schlosser, 251; Gamba, 1725 (1568 ed.); Cicognara, 2391