- (Como, Italy): Gotardus de Ponte, 1521.
- early rebound remboîge, five raised bands on spine in later quarter leather, marbled paper-covered clamshell box
- (xvi), 183 leaves, (ii) pages
Price: $70,000.00 other currencies
Order Nr. 131436
Text in Italian. From the private library of Dr. Elliott and Eileen Hinkes. Adams V-914; Berlin Kat 1802; Cicognara 698; Fowler 395; Mortimer Italian 544. Printing and the Mind of Man, 26. Brunet V, 1330. Dedications to Pope Leo X and King Francis I of France, index, table of contents. address, Errata and editor's note follows text. The first edition of Vitruvius in the vernacular. Translated from the Latin by Bono Mauro da Bergamo and Benedetto Jovio da Comasio. Original commentary by Cesare Cesariano (1483-1543), who later became architect of the city of Milan. 420 x 290mm. Leaves 192: , CLXXXIII, [1, with Errata]. Collation: p8 A-Z8. Colophon: "Impressa nel amaena ... citate de Como ... per magistro Gotardo da Ponte citadino milanese, 1521 XV mensis Iulii" Large printers device on title page, smaller on leaf Z7v, Large woodcut initials and floreal motives, 117 woodcuts, of which 10at full page. Privilegium of Pope Leone X and King Francois I on the verso of title page, Round type, some words in Greek.
The beautiful illustrations clearly show the influence of Leonardo da Vinci, and Kristeller believed that they were the work of one of his students. Although some of the woodcuts follow the classic models of previous editions, others show water wheels and various mechanical devices. The plates depicting plants and façades of the Milan Cathedral are defined by Fowler as "the first authentic representations of Gothic architecture in a printed book". Printing and the Mind of Man: "The Ten Books of 'On Architecture", with building materials, designs of theaters, temples and other public buildings, town and country houses, baths, interior decoration and wall paintings, clocks and dials, astronomy, mechanical and military engineering. ... The classical tradition of building, with its regular proportions and symmetry and the three orders-Doric, Ionic and Corinthian-derives from this book. ... It was with the Renaissance that his influence began. Alberti, Bramante, Ghiberti, Michelangelo, Vignola, Palladio and many others were directly inspired by Vitruvius. The first edition printed in Rome (c1483-90) ... The Como edition of 1521 is the first in Italian - by Cesare Cesariano, a pupil of Bramante. This is exemplary of the early editions "Fowler:" First edition of the first translation of Vitruvius into a living tongue.
The covers of the binding were made in the late eighteenth century in Rome. The scrollwork in the outer frame is similar to that which is found in Legature Papali da Eugenio IV a Paolo VI. (Mostra), Vatican City, 1977 no 66, 267, but not the same. These are dated to the 1780ies based off of the leaf tooling used around the edges of the binding. The scrollwork tools can also be found on a binding in the book of Piccarda Quilivici, Legature Antiche e di Pregio. (Bibll. Casanatense). Rome, 1995 no 1173. Even more similar but not the same. Also made in Rome, but Quilici doesn't give a date. It was made for the library of a cardinal, however many cadinals had a titular church in Rome of which this one gives no evidence of ownership. 183 leaves foliated I-CLXXXIII. 117 woodcut illustrations in text including 10 full page diagrams. Slight rubbing and scuffing at edges of binding. Previous owner's stamp in Russian, and signature of another previous owner on title. Rear leaf professionally repaired around the margins. Pagination errors as follows: LVI, XLVII, LIII, LVIIII; LXI, LXIII, XLVIII, LIIII, LXV. Page CXX twice, followed by CXXII. Then CLVII, CLVIIII, CLIX.