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Vitruvius Pollio
DE ARCHITECTURA LIBRI DECE TRADUCTI DE LATINO IN VULGARE AFFIGURATI, COMMENTATE, & CON MIRANDO ORDINE INSIGNITI [EDITED AND TRANSLATED BY CESARE CESARIANO]. (COMO): GOTTARDO DA PONTE, (15 JULY 1521)
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 9,375 GBP
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221
Vitruvius Pollio
DE ARCHITECTURA LIBRI DECE TRADUCTI DE LATINO IN VULGARE AFFIGURATI, COMMENTATE, & CON MIRANDO ORDINE INSIGNITI [EDITED AND TRANSLATED BY CESARE CESARIANO]. (COMO): GOTTARDO DA PONTE, (15 JULY 1521)
Estimate
8,00012,000
LOT SOLD. 9,375 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Vitruvius Pollio
DE ARCHITECTURA LIBRI DECE TRADUCTI DE LATINO IN VULGARE AFFIGURATI, COMMENTATE, & CON MIRANDO ORDINE INSIGNITI [EDITED AND TRANSLATED BY CESARE CESARIANO]. (COMO): GOTTARDO DA PONTE, (15 JULY 1521)
folio (420 x 290mm.), woodcut printer's device on title-page and another beneath the register, woodcut initials (that on A1r depicting a scholar or an astronomer at a desk), numerous woodcut illustrations (some full-page), with the earlier state of the errata leaf (see BAL RIBA), some manuscript annotations (by Giusti? see provenance), later Italian vellum over pasteboards, occasional light foxing or soiling, title-page with numerous paper repairs, A2, D1, P1 and P3 with marginal repaired tear, G1 torn and repaired (affecting image but without loss), R1 and R8 slightly browned, final leaf torn and repaired, binding slightly worn
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Provenance

Gianfrancesco Giusti, inscription on flyleaf (plausibly the eighteenth-century abbot from Lucca who was a mathematician and architect)

Literature

BAL RIBA 3519; Edit16 49742; Mortimer, Harvard Italian 544

Catalogue Note

FIRST ITALIAN EDITION OF VITRUVIUS. Cesariano, the editor and translator, also produced many of the woodcuts, though due to a dispute with his collaborators (Massimo Bono Mauro and Benedetto Giovio), his commentary on the last few books was not included and they had to supply the text; some of this information is provided in the letter at the end by the sponsors of the printing, Agostino Gallo and Aloisio Pirovano. The contract regarding the financing of the printing was dated 11 April 1521.

"The most beautiful of all the early editions" (PMM, p.16).

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