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Accolti, Pietro (1455-1572).

Lo Inganno De Gl'Occhi, Prospettiva Pratica Di Pietro Accolti…[2 lines].

In Firenze, Appresso Pietro Cecconcelli. 1625

Trattato In Acconcio Della Pittvra. [Engraved vignette]; Folio. 84 leaves. [i-xii], 1-152 [153-156] p. including woodcut diagrams in text. Woodcut head- and tailpieces. 30.3 cm. 11 9/16 in.; Contents: p. [i]: title page; p. [ii]: blank; p. [iii]: dedication to Cardinal Carlo de Medici; p. [iv]: blank; p. [v-vii]: dedicatory verses to Giovambatista Strozzi, Alessandro Adimari and Andrea Salvadori; p. [viii-xii]: table of contents; p. 1-2: preface; p. 3-152: text, Part I-III, including woodcut diagrams; p. [153-154]: full-page woodcut illustrations; p. [155]: woodcut printer's device above register; p. [156]: blank; Notes: First edition. It is of interest to painters rather than to architects. The engraved vignette on the title page contains the coat-of-arms of Cardinal Carlo de Medici. Cicognara 802; Comolli III, p. 161-162. Modern paper boards.



Reel: 1, No. [1]
Adam, Robert (1728-1792).

Rvins Of The Palace Of The Emperor Diocletian At Spalatro in Dalmatia.

Printed For The Avthor. 1764

By R. Adam F.R.S F.S.A. Architect To The King And To The Qveen; Folio. 23 leaves. [i-xii], [1]-33 [34] p. I-LXI engraved plates including frontispiece (6 folding, 8 double-page, 47 full-page of which 2 have 3 plates each, 3 have 2 plates each). 53.5 cm. 21 1/16 in.; Contents: pl. [I]: engraved frontispiece, verso blank; p. [i]: title page; p. [ii]: blank; p. [iii]-iv: Adam's dedication to the King; p. [v-xi]: list of subscribers; p. [xii]: blank; p. [1]-4: introduction; p. [5]-33: text and explanation of plates; p. [34]: blank; followed by pl. II-LXI, versos blank; Notes: First edition. The plates, engraved by F. Bartolozzi, E. Rooker, F. Patton, P. Santini, A. Walker, D. Cunego, J. Bassire and Antonio Zucchi, are of interest not only as fine examples of architectural engraving but as showing the source of some of the motives of the Adam style. The frontispiece [pl. I], a composition of ruins and landscape with figures, is by F. Bartolozzi. Twenty-two of the plates were reproduced in Georg Kowalczyk, Denkmaeler Der Kunst in Dalmatien...Berlin, 1910, No. 3-5, 7-8, 13-15, 19-21, 25-26, 30-33, 36, 41-42, 44-45, 48. Among the list of subscribers is Frederick, Sixth Lord Baltimore. Berlin Catalog 1893; Brunet I, 46; Cicognara 3567. Contemporary English calf, gold-tooled spine.



Reel: 1, No. [2]
Alberti, Leon Battista (1404-1472).

The Architecture Of Leon Battista Alberti In Ten Books. Of Painting In Three Books And Of Statuary In One Book; [Supplement] Some Designs for Buildings Both Publick and Private by James Leoni Architect. [Woodcut vignette].



London, Printed by Thomas Edlin. 1726

Translated Into Italian by Cosimo Bartoli. And Now First Into English, And Divided Into Three Volumes By James Leoni, Venetian, Architect; To Which Are Added Several Designs Of His Own, For Buildings Both Public And Private. Vol. I.-[III.] [Woodcut vignette] [Same in Italian]; [Supplement] [Same in Italian]; Folio. 3 v. and supplement in 1 v. 297 leaves. 103 engraved plates, versos blank. Vol. I: [i-xiv], [1]-103 leaves. Frontispiece, [9] full-page plates numbered: Pag. 9, 16, 32, 39, 41, 48, 52, 54, 71. Vol. II: [i-ii], [1]-130 leaves. [58] full-page plates numbered: Pag. 11 (No. 1-4); 13; 14; 19 (No. 1-4); 20; 26; 27; 30; 31; 32 (No. 1-2); 33 (No. 1-2); 34; 35 (No. 1-2); 36 (No. 1-3); 40 (No. 1-3); 43 (No. 1-6); 57; 60 (No. 1-4), No. 4 double-page); 62; 63 (No. 1-2); 64 (No. 1-2, No. 2 double-page); 68 (No. 1-3, No. 3 double-page); 70; 71; 72 (No. 1-4); 74 (double-page); 89; 105; 111 (No. 1-2). Vol. III: [i-ii], [1]-34 leaves. [8] full-page plates numbered: Pag. 2; 3; 4 (No. 1-2); 9; 15; 31; 32. [Supplement]: [i-viii], 1-6 leaves. 1-27 plates (7 full-page, 11 double-page, 8 folding; pl. 15 lacking). Woodcut tailpieces, initials. 44.5 cm. 17 1/2 in.; Contents: Vol. I: engraved frontispiece, verso blank; leaf [i] recto: title page in Italian; leaf [i] verso: blank; leaf [ii] recto: title page in English; leaf [ii] verso: blank; leaf [iii] recto: privilege; leaf [iii] verso: blank; leaf [iv] recto and verso: Leoni's dedication; leaf [v] recto-[vi] verso: subscribers; leaf [vii] recto-[x] verso: Alberti's preface; leaf [xi] recto-[xiii] verso: Raphael du Fresne's life of Alberti; leaf [xiv] recto and verso: list of Alberti's works; leaf [1] recto-103 verso: text, Book I-V, with [9] plates bound in. Vol. II: leaf [i] recto: title page in Italian; leaf [i] verso: blank; leaf [ii] recto: title page in English; leaf [ii] verso: blank; leaf [1] recto-130 recto: text, Book VI-X, with [58] plates bound in; leaf 130 verso: blank. Vol. III: leaf [i] recto: title page in Italian; leaf [i] verso: blank; leaf [ii] recto: title page in English; leaf [ii] verso: blank; leaf [1] recto-34 verso: text of La Pittura and La Statua, with [8] plates bound in. [Supplement]: leaf [i] recto: title page in Italian; leaf [i] verso: blank; leaf [ii] recto: title page in English; leaf [ii] verso: blank; leaf [iii] recto: Leoni's dedication; leaf [iii] verso: blank; leaf [iv] recto-[viii] verso: preface; leaf 1-6 recto: description of plates; leaf 6 verso: additional subscribers; followed by pl. 1-27; Notes: The first edition of the first English translation. The English and Italian text are in parallel columns and the title pages are dated 1726, although some of the plates in the first three volumes are dated 1727 and a few in the supplement 1729. The allegorical frontispiece and the more elaborate plates were engraved by B. Picart, with a few signed by J. Harris and J. Cole. The plates, drawn by Leoni (1686-1746), were developed from those of the 1550 edition (No. 6) and, except for those of the supplement, are bound in the text. As well as the page numbers described above, usually in the upper left corner of the plate, the book number is also given in the upper right corner. There was a later edition of this translation in 1739 and again in 1755. Bookplate of Charles John Shoppee and an inscription on the flyleaf: Jno. and Moses Morill Junr. His Book 1755. Eighteenth-century English sheepskin.

Reel: 3, No. [11]
Alberti, Leon Battista (1404-1472).

L'Architectvre Et Art De Bien Bastir du Seigneur Leon Baptiste Albert, Gentilhomme Florentin, diuisée en dix liures, Traduicts de Latin en François, par deffunct Ian Martin, Parisien, nagueres Secretaire du Reuerendissime Cardinal de Lenoncourt.

A Paris, par Iaques Keruer, Libraire iuré, demourant aux deux Cochetz, Rue sainct Iaques. Auec priuilege du Roy. 1553

Folio. 239 leaves. [i-viii], 1-228 leaves (i.e. 231: 1 unnumbered leaf between leaf 166-167; 2 unnumbered leaves between leaf 184-185, including woodcut illustrations. Woodcut headpieces, initials. 33 cm. 13 in.; Contents: leaf [i] recto: title page; leaf [i] verso: oval woodcut portrait of Alberti; leaf [ii] recto: dedication by Denis Sauvage to Henry II, on behalf of the translator, Jean Martin; leaf [ii] verso-[iv] recto: verses to Jean Martin by Ronsard and others; leaf [iv] verso: Politian's dedication to Lorenzo de Medici; leaf [v] recto: Paulus Jovius and Jean Vital on Alberti; leaf [v] verso: privilege, dated 1551; leaf [vi] recto-[viii] recto: table of contents; leaf [viii] verso: Latin verse by Franc. Charpilletus at the tomb of Jean Martin; leaf 1-228: preface and text, Book I-X, ending with colophon; leaf 228 verso: woodcut printer's device; Notes: First edition of French translation. The title page has a woodcut strapwork border with figures, masks, etc., and the small mark of Kerver at the top. This volume, beautifully printed in roman type with charming headpieces and initials, was published after the death of Jean Martin, whose translations of Serlio (No. 303) and of Vitruvius (No. 403) had appeared previously. Somewhat more than half the illustrations are based on those of the 1550 edition (No. 6); the rest are largely derived from Serlio's Book III and the 1521 and 1548 editions of Vitruvius. The one unnumbered leaf, inserted between leaf 166-167, is an illustration of the lower part of a tower. Unlike the Italian editions of 1550 and 1565 (No. 8), the designs of the upper parts of the towers are included in both the signatures and pagination. The two unnumbered leaves, the double-page plan of the Baths of Diocletian, are between leaf 184-185. The large unicorn device of Jacques Kerver II, verso of leaf 228, first appeared in this edition of 1553. The mark on the shield is similar to that used by other members of this family of printers since 1497 (H.W. Davies, Devices of the Early Printers, London, 1935, p. 252). Berlin Catalog 2553; Brunet I, 131; Cicognara 374. Old vellum.



Reel: 2, No. [7]
Alberti, Leon Battista (1404-1472).

L'Architettvra Di Leon Batista Alberti, Tradotta in lingua Fiorentina da Cosimo Bartoli Gentil'huomo & Accademico Fiorentino.

Nel Monte Regale Appresso Lionardo Torrentino nel mese di Agosto. 1565

Con La Aggivnta De Disegni.; Et Altri diuersi Trattati del medesimo Auttore. [Woodcut printer's device]; [Second title] La Pittvra Di Leonbattista Alberti Tradotta Per M. Lodovico Domenichi. [Woodcut coat-of-arms]; Nel Monte Regale Appresso Leonardo Torrentino. M D LXV; Folio.178 leaves. [1]-246, [i-iv], 247-331 [332-352] p. including woodcut illustrations. Woodcut initials. 33.8 cm. 13 5/16 in.; Contents: p. [1]: title page; p. [2]: oval portrait of Alberti; p. 3-4: Bartoli's dedication to Cosimo de Medici; p. 5-304: Alberti's preface and text, Book I-X, including illustrations and 2 unsigned leaves, p. [i-iv], between p. 246-247; p. [305]: title page of La Pittura; p. 306: Domenichi's dedication; p. 307-331: text of La Pittura; p. [332]: blank; p. [333-351]: index; p. [352]: blank; Notes: The second folio edition of Bartoli's translation of L'Architettura and the second edition (first folio) of Domenichi's translation of La Pittura. This edition is inferior to that of 1550 not only in typography but also in the quality of the woodcuts which are from the same blocks as those of the 1550 edition (No. 6). In this copy the designs of the upper parts of the towers (one lacking) were pasted above the designs of the lower parts on p. 216 and [217]. The two unsigned leaves, p. [i-iv], between p. 246-247, contain the double-page plan of the Baths of Diocletian. This is the first edition of L'Architettura to be issued with La Pittura. The connection of the Torrentino family with this press was short lived. In 1562, Emanuel Philebert, Duke of Savoy, consulted Lorenzo Torrentino about establishing a press in Mondovi (Monte Regale) in Piedmont. Lorenzo died before this could be accomplished, but the press was opened by his heirs under his son Leonardo. In 1567 it passed into other hands. Cicognara 375; Schlosser p. 110. Old mottled calf, sprinkled edges; Second copy: An imperfect copy lacking the title page, dedication, leaf of preface, two leaves of Libro Primo and the ten leaves of index. The preface and two leaves of Libro Primo have been supplied in manuscript. The Fowler Collection began in 1903 with the acquisition of this volume in Italy. Old mottled calf, rebacked.



Reel: 2, No. [8]
Alberti, Leon Battista (1404-1472).

L'Architettvra Di Leonbatista Alberti Tradotta in lingua Fiorentina da Cosimo Bartoli Gentil'huomo & Accademico Fiorentino.

In Firenze. M.D.L. Appresso Lorenzo Torrentino Impressor Ducale. 1550

Con la aggiunta de Disegni; Folio. (216 leaves. [1]-283 [284], [i-iv], [285]-404 [405-428] p. including woodcut illustrations. Woodcut initials. 34.5 cm. 13 9/16 in.; Contents: p. [1]: title page; p. [2]: oval woodcut portrait of Alberti; p. 3-4: dedication by Bartoli to Cosimo de Medici, Duke of Florence; p. 5-8: Alberti's preface; p. 9-404: text of Book I-X, including woodcut illustrations and two plates on p. [i-iv] between p. [284-285]; p. [405-425]: index; p. [426]: errata and register; p. [427-428]: blank; Notes: The first edition of Bartoli's translation. It is a handsomely printed book, in roman type, with fine woodcut pictorial initials and illustrations. The title is within an elaborate woodcut border of architecture, figures and landscape, which is one of the most attractive of the period. The two unsigned leaves [p. i-iv], between p. [284-285], each with designs of the upper part of a tower, are intended to be pasted above the lower parts of these towers, which appear on the adjoining pages. Signature E, p. [321], 322, 323, [324], consists of a double-page plan of the Baths of Diocletian, verso blank. This was the first illustrated edition of the De Re Aedificatoria. In the dedication Bartoli says that he has added designs of plans, sections and elevations of various buildings of Alberti's, in part drawn as Alberti himself described them, or would have wished them to be had he been able to depict them fully in words. This translation of Bartoli's was the one used by Leoni for his English translation of 1726 (No. 11), as well as for most of the later editions of this work. The illustrations also were the basis for those in most later issues. Berlin Catalog 2552; Brunet I, 130. Inside the front cover are the bookplates of the Earl of Jersey, Osterley Park, and of Gilbert R. Redgrave, with his signature and manuscript notes. Old mottled calf, gilt; Plate III.



Reel: 1, No. [6]
Alberti, Leon Battista (1404-1472).

L'Architettvra Di Leonbatista Alberti Tradotta in Lingva Fiorentina da Cosimo Bartoli, ...[2 lines].

In Venetia, Appresso Francesco Franceschi, Sanese. 1565

Con la aggiunta de'Disegni; 4to. 218 leaves. [1]-283 [284], [i-iv], [285]-404 [405-432] p. including woodcut illustrations. Woodcut initials. 21.2 cm. 8 5/16 in.; Contents: p. [1]: title page; p. [2]: oval portrait of Alberti; p. [3]-4: Bartoli's dedication; p. 5-404: text of Alberti, Book I-X, including woodcut illustrations and p. [i-iv] between p. [284-285]; p. [405-431]: index, ending with register and colophon; p. [432]: blank; Notes: The first quarto edition of Bartoli's translation. The title is within a reduced copy of the architectural woodcut border of the title page of the 1550 folio edition (No. 6). The illustrations are also reduced and reversed copies of the same edition. The two leaves, p. [i-iv], between p. [284-285], are designs of the upper parts of towers, intended to be pasted above the lower parts and are given the page numbers 284 and 285, in this copy bound as two leaves between the designs of the lower parts. The plan of the Baths of Diocletian (p. [321], 322, 323, [324]) is inserted in this copy between p. [224-225] which are wrongly numbered 324 and 325. In the new dedication to Duke Cosimo de Medici, Bartoli points out that fifteen years have passed since his translation of Alberti's L'Architettura was printed by Lorenzo Torrentino and that now, it being difficult to find, he has been urged to reprint it, which he is doing in smaller and more convenient form. Jefferson owned a copy of this edition (Kimball, p. 92; Sowerby, No. 4199). Seventeenth-century inscription on title page, "Ex Libris Antii Santinii"; bookplate of Nicolao de Nobili, Duce Minerva, Comite Fortuna. Old vellum.



Reel: 2, No. [9]
Alberti, Leon Battista (1404-1472).

Della Architettura Della Pittura E Della Statua Di Leonbatista Alberti Traduzione Di Cosimo Bartoli … [Engraved vignette].

In Bologna Nell'Instituto delle Scienze. Con approvazione. (1782)

Folio. 180 leaves. [i]-xiii [xiv-xvi], 1-341 [342-344] (111-112 lacking in this copy) p. 1-69 engraved plates (4 folding). Engraved head- and tailpieces. 38.5 cm. 15 3/16 in.; Contents: p. [i]: title page; p. [ii]: blank; p. iii-iv: preface; p. v-xi: life of Alberti; p. xi (bottom)-xiii: list of Alberti's works; p. [xiv]: blank; p. [xv]: half title; p. [xvi]: blank; p. 1-284: preface and text of Alberti, Book I-X, with pl. 1-66 bound in; p. [285]: half title of Della Pittura; p. [286]: blank; p. 287-320: text of Della Pittura, Book I-III, with pl. 67-68 bound in; p. [321]: half title of Della Statua; p. [322]: blank; p. 323-333: text of Della Statua, with pl. 69 bound in; p. 334-341: table of contents; p. [342]: blank; p. [343]: privilege; p. [344]: blank; Notes: Late edition of Bartoli's translation. Title vignette, head- and tailpieces were engraved by Pio Panfili. The editor states that Leoni's edition of 1726 (No. 11) served as the model for the unsigned plates which are reversed and slightly reduced. Brunet I, 131; Schlosser p. 111. Original paper wrappers.



Reel: 3, No. [12]
Alberti, Leon Battista (1404-1472).

Della Architettura Libri Dieci Di Leon Battista Alberti Traduzione Di Cosimo Bartoli Con Note Apologetiche Di Stefano Ticozzi E Trenta Tavole in Rame Disegnate Ed Incise Da Constantino Gianni.

Milano A Spese Degli Editori. 1833

8vo. 214 leaves. [I]-XXVI, [1]-401 [402] p. Frontispiece, I-XXX engraved plates (double-page). 21.2 cm. 8 5/16 in.; Contents: p. [I]: series half title; p. [II]: printer's name at bottom; frontispiece (stipple portrait of Alberti by Lanti); p. [III]: title page; p. [IV]: blank; p. [V]-VI: editor's note; p. [VII]-VIII: Stefano Ticozzi's preface; p. [IX]-XIX: life of Alberti; p. [XX]: blank; p. [XXI]-XXVI: Alberti's preface; p. [1]-392: text, Book I-X; p. [393]-401: table of contents; p. [402]: blank; followed by pl. I-XXX, versos blank; Notes: Late edition of Bartoli's translation. This work is Vol. I of Raccolta dei Classici Italiani di Architettura Civile da Leon Battista Alberti fino al Secolo XIX. Schlosser p. 111. Original paper wrappers; In the Fowler Collection there is also the first German translation of Alberti by Max Theuer, Leon Battista Alberti Zehn Bücher Uber Die Baukunst..., Vienna and Leipzig, Hugo Heller & Co., 1912, with plates, simple line interpretations, adapted from the illustrations of the 1550 edition (No. 6).



Reel: 4, No. [14]
Alberti, Leon Battista (1404-1472).

I Dieci Libri De L'Architettvra Di Leon Battista De Gli Alberti Fiorentino, ...[6 lines] Nouamente da la Latina ne la Volgar Lingua con molta diligenza tradotti. [Woodcut printer's device, … 2 lines].

In Vinegia, Appresso Vincenzo Vavgris. 1546

8vo. 260 leaves. [i-xii], 1-248 leaves. Woodcut initials. 15.8 cm. 6 1/4 in.; Contents: leaf [i] recto: title page; leaf [i] verso: blank; leaf [ii] recto-[iv] verso: dedication to Bevilacqua by the translator, Pietro Lauro; leaf [v] recto-[xi] verso: index; leaf [xii]: blank, original leaf; leaf 1 recto-4 verso: Alberti's preface; leaf 5 recto-248 recto: text, Book I-X; leaf 248 verso: woodcut printer's device; Notes: Only edition of this first Italian translation, by Pietro Lauro, of the works of Alberti. It was soon superseded by that of Cosimo Bartoli, published in 1550 (No. 6). The work is printed in italics with the chapter headings in roman capitals. Cicognara 373. Old vellum.



Reel: 1, No. [5]
Alberti, Leon Battista (1404-1472).

I Dieci Libri Di Architettura Di Leon Battista Alberti Tradotti in Italiano Da Cosimo Bartoli.

In Roma; Nella Stamperia Di Giovanni Zempel Presso Monte Giordano Con Licenza De'Superiori. 1784

Nuova Edizione Diligentemente Corretta E Confrontata Coll'Originale Latino, Ed Arricchita Di Nuovi Rami Ricavati Dalle Misure Medesime Assegnate Dall'Autore. [Woodcut vignette]; 4to. 296 leaves. [I]-XXVI, 1-565 [566] p. I-XXXV engraved plates (folding out). Woodcut initials. 28.5 cm. 11 1/4 in.; Contents: p. [I]: title page; p. [II]: blank; p. III-V: dedication by the editors Gioacchino Pessuti and Andrea de Dominicis; p. VI-VIII: privileges; p. IX-XIX: life of Alberti [by Thomas Pulcini]; p. XX-XXI: preface; p. XXII-XXVI: Alberti's preface; p. 1-551: text, Book I-X; p. 552-565: table of contents; p. [566]: blank; followed by pl. I-XXXV, versos blank; Notes: Late edition of Bartoli's translation. The editors were Gioacchino Pessuti, mathematician, and Andrea de Dominicis, architect; the life of Alberti, according to Brunet was by Thomas Pulcini. The engraved outline plates, unsigned and reduced in size, are adapted from the 1550 illustrations (No. 6). Brunet I, 130. Inscription on flyleaf: "Samuel Loat. Purchased at Rome 1830." Eighteenth-century Italian vellum, blue label.



Reel: 4, No. [13]
Alberti, Leon Battista (1404-1472).

[leaf 2 recto] Leonis Baptiste Alberti De Re Aedificatoria Incipit Lege Feliciter.

Florentiæ accuratissime impressum opera Magistri Nicolai Laurentii Alamani: Anno salutis Millesimo octuagesimo quinto:quarto Kalendas Ianuarias. 1485

[Colophon] Lavs Deo Honor Et Gloria. Leonis Baptistae Alberti Florentini Viri Clarissimi de re Aedificatoria opus elegãtissi mu et qnãmaxime utile; Folio. 204 leaves. [1-204] leaves. 34 lines to a page. 27 cm. 10 5/8 in.; Contents: leaf [1] recto: blank; leaf [1] verso: Politian's dedication to Lorenzo de Medici; leaf [2] recto-leaf [203] verso: Alberti's preface and text of Book I-X, ending with colophon; leaf [204] recto: Baptista siculus in auctoris psona Ad lectorem...; leaf [204] verso: register; Notes: First edition with last gathering reprinted. The text is in roman type and each book has a heading in capitals with a space, with guide letter, left for a decorative initial. In the first signature, ai-iii appear on leaves [2-4]. It is in the writings of Alberti that a complete Humanist doctrine is first developed and they are the source from which later ideas were derived. Since Alberti represented the fifteenth century at its best, exercising an influence over the spirit of his age second only to that of Leonardo, it is not surprising to find that his De Re Aedificatoria, especially in the theoretical treatment of the subject and in relating it to the ancient text of Vitruvius, played an important part in the literary output of his successors. This treatise of Alberti's, the first work on architecture to be printed, was begun about the middle of the century and added to, and revised by, the author until his death in 1472. It was not, however, until thirteen years later that it was published through the efforts of his brother; Other editions: Latin--Strassburg, 1511; Paris, 1512 (No. 4); Strasbourg, 1541; Paris, 1543; Italian--Venice, 1546 (No. 5); Florence, 1550 (No. 6); Monte Regale, 1565 (No. 8); Venice, 1565 (No. 9); Bologna, 1726; Bologna, 1782 (No. 12); Rome, 1784 (No. 13); Perugia, 1804; Milan, 1804 and 1833 (No. 14); Portuguese--1493; Spanish--Madrid, 1582 (No. 10), 1640, 1797; French--Paris, 1553 (No. 7); English--London, 1726 (No. 11), 1739, 1755; German--Vienna & Leipzig, 1912 (note, No. 14). British Museum, Catalogue of Books printed in the XVth Century, VI, p. 630, variant copy with last quire reprinted (IB 27125a); Cicognara 370; Corrado Ricci, Leon Battista Alberti, Turin, 1917, p. 33; Lukomski, Architettura Classica, p. 134-146 (reproductions), 427; Schlosser p. 110-111; Stillwell A193. Modern half morocco.



Reel: 1, No. [3]
Alberti, Leon Battista (1404-1472).

Leonis Baptistae Alberti Floretini viri clarissimi Libri De re ædificatoria dece.

Venudantur Parrhisijs in Sole aureo vici sancti Iacobi. Et in intersignio triu coronaru e regione diui Benedicti. [1512]

Opus integru et absolutu: diligenterqz recognitum. Distinctum est aute nuper opus ipsum totum / quod antea peruia legebatur oratione / per capita/nonullis e textu reb. insignibus depromptis / et in margine annotatis; Facta est etia capitu ipsoru no inelegans tabula: cu dictionu et ipsaru rerum scitu dignarum que in margine sunt / indice admodum luculento. [Woodcut printer's device (Berthold Rembolt)] ; 4to. 188 leaves. [i-xiv], I-CLXXIIII leaves. Woodcut initials. 21 cm. 8 1/4 in.; Contents: leaf [i] recto: title page in red and black; leaf [i] verso: Baptista Sicul9 in auctoris persona Ad Lectore.; leaf [ii] recto: Geoffrey Tory's dedication to Philibert Babou; leaf [ii] verso: Politian's dedication to Lorenzo de Medici; leaf [iii] recto-[xiv] verso: table of contents and index; leaf I recto-CLXXIIII recto: Alberti's preface and text, Book I-X, ending with colophon; leaf CLXXIIII verso: woodcut printer's device (Lodovicus Hornken); Notes: First French edition. The title is above Rembolt's device within an elaborate frame, all surrounded by a border of narrow bands of ornaments. This was the first edition to be divided into chapters, with text and marginal notes printed in roman type. The colophon (leaf CLXXIIII recto) reads:...Opera magistri Bertholdi Rembolt / & Ludouici Hornken in eodem vico ad intersigniu trium coronaru e regione diui Benedicti comorati.; Anno domini. M.D.XII. Die vero. XXIII. Augusti. This edition was edited by Geoffrey Tory. He explains in the dedicatory letter to Philibert Babou, dated September 15, 1512, how he received the manuscript from Robert Dure, Principal of the College of Plessis, who had divided the text into chapters. Cicognara 371. Brunet I, 130; Fairfax Murray Catalog (French), Vol. I, No. 5. Perforated ownership stamp on title page; library stamp of "Biblioteca Popolaire, Forli" on verso of title page. Old Italian vellum from a medieval legal manuscript.


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