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LABACCO, Antonio (ca. 1495--1559)
Libro d'Antonio Labacco appartenente a l'architettvra nel qval si figvrano alcvne notabili antiqvita di Roma.
In Venetia presso Girolamo Porro, 1576.
[4] p., [32] engr. pl. ; 38.6 cm. (2°)

First published in Rome in 1552. The bibliographical history of this work is very complex and a full account still remains to be written. The plates were reprinted in the same year with new letterpress and alterations, and further Roman editions appeared in 1557, 1558 and 1559. The first Venetian edition, using mostly reverse copies of the coppers, was probably that of Johannes Bonus Aer dated 1567. A second Venice edition dated 1570 was published by Bolognino Zaltieri; the privilege and Zaltieri's plates were then obtained by Girolamo Porro, who reprinted them in 1576 (the present edition) and 1784. See Thomas Ashby, 'Il libro d'Antonio Labacco apparenente all'Architettura', La Bibliofilia 16:7-8 (1914), pp. 289--[309] and the notes to BAL, Early printed books, no. 1703 (an undated Roman edition from around 1572); see also BAL, Early printed books, p. 2220 for some remarks on the complex relationship between the Venetian editions of Labacco and Vignola. In the present edition, after the engraved title-plate (pl. [1]) and the letterpress leaf 'Antonio Labacco Alli Lettori' (counted in the numbering as pl. [2]), the engraved plates are numbered 3--33. Three of these are double-page plates each bearing two numbers (pl. 6-5, 8-7, 22-21). Four further plates intended as pairs with the caption continuing across both are bound in the Soane copy as single plates (pl. 9-10, 19-20). The folded plan accompanying the [2] pp. of letterpress 'Delli Porti di Claudio, & Traiano' (pl. 31--33) is printed on three sheets pasted together, apparently from two plates. In the Soane copy, unlike that described by Ashby, several of the plates, which are generally poor impressions, lack the numbers (pl. 20, 17, 18, 26, 31--33) or bear faint traces of the numbering used in an earlier edition (pl. 9, 13, 15, 18, 26--29, 31--33).

Copy Notes Bound (1) with a copy of Francesco Ziletti's edition of Vignola's Regola delli cinque ordini d'architettura, Venice 1582 (q.v.), and with the two-page printed description (39 lines recto, 48 lines verso) and folded plan of the ports misbound following the title-plate of Vignola, in the place of the printed preface which is lacking. The Fowler copy of the 1582 Ziletti edition of Vignola, which seems to be a fully numbered later state of the plates published by Bolognino Zaltieri in his edition of Vignola in 1570, also has the same Labacco plates and printed description in the place of the preface; see Fowler Cat. 352 and BAL, Early printed books, p. 2220.

The Soane copy has additional crisper impressions of some of the plates in variant states laid down on the versos of some of the plates or bound as double plates, as follows: a double-page plate bearing the impressions of pl. [17] and [18] but numbered '19' and '20' is bound following pl. [18]; laid down on the verso of the preceding plate to face pl. 23 is another copy of the same plate numbered '25', cropped within the platemark; laid down on the verso of the preceding plate to face pl. 25 is another copy of the same plate cropped within the platemark, apparently unnumbered and with the upper left corner torn; and following pl. 30 is a double-page plate bearing the impressions of pl. 27 and 28, but numbered '33' and '34'. The latter has pasted down on the verso an extraneous, unidentified engraving of Bramante's Tempietto, cropped closely around the image. Inscribed in ink on title-plate Bourguignon pidou [?], and on front free-endpaper Binding 0:9:0.

Binding C19th half diced russia, gilt-ruled borders and spine, marbled-paper boards. Bound by Peter Low for 9s., 9 September 1805. (Spiers Box).

Reference Number 4837


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