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DIETTERLIN, Wendel (1550--1599)
[Architectura. German. 1598]
Architectvra von Ausstheilung/ Symmetria und Proportion der fünff Seulen/ vnd allerdarauss volgender Kunst Arbeit/ von Fenstern/ Caminen/ Thürgerichten/ Portalen/ Bronnen vnd Epitaphien. Wie dieselbige auss jedweder Art der fünff Seulen/ grunde auffzureissen/ zuzurichten vnd ins Werck zubringen seyen/ ... in zweyhundert Stuck gebracht/ geetzt/ vnd an tag gegeben: durch Wendel Dietterlin/ Maler zu Strassburg.
Zu Nürnberg getruckt in verlegung Balthasar Caymox, 1598.
Etch. title-pl., etched port., [208] leaves (numbered 2--209) : [1] etch. illus. ; 35.2 cm. (2°)

Book I first appeared in 1593; Book II in 1594. The collected edition of Dietterlin's works is much enlarged and was published in German, in Latin and with parallel texts in Latin and French (q.v.). The division in five parts is modelled on Vitruvius but Dietterlin's plates are best known for their ornamental juxtaposition of classical mythology, biblical scenes and grotesques with late gothic motifs. The Soane copy can be identified as the second issue of the first collected edition of 1598 (see BAL 881). It has a dedication to Daniel Soriau dated 1598. The leaves of letterpress and plates, including the etched divisional title-pages to Books II--V dated 1598, are numbered consecutively. The imprint of the general title-page in red and black has the words 'Hubrecht vnd' before Balthasar Caymox crossed out in ink. Plate 179 misnumbered '178' and corrected by the publisher in ink. BAL, Early printed books, no. 881; Fowler 105.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting pl. [7], the title to book II, pl. 44, and the colophon pl. 210. Inscribed in ink on title-page J Reynolds (i.e. Sir Joshua Reynolds) with his collector's stamp below and sum ex libris Lucæ Kurtij picturæ/ studiosi. 1617. 10 May. Front paste-down inscribed in ink /9/0; and in pencil by W.P. (Wyatt Papworth) plate 24 missing but is refixed/ between pl 43 & 45 -/ I*s plate 44 missing? to which Spiers replied Yes; it is the title page to Liber Secundus. There are small pencil sketches on the verso of pl. 42 and the right margin of pl. 82. Leaves 8 through 55 numbered in ink in the upper right corner.

Binding C17th calf, blind double-rule borders, red morocco spine-label, gilt-lettered.

Reference Number 2103


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