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CATANEO, Pietro (d. 1569)
I qvattro primi libri di architettvra di Pietro Cataneo Senese: nel primo de' qvali si dimostrano le buone qualità de' siti, ... nel secondo, qvanto si aspetta alla materia per la fabrica: nel terzo si veggono varie maniere di tempii, & di che forma si conuenga fare il principale della città: ... nel qvarto si dimostrano per diuerse piante l'ordine di piu palazzi & casamenti, uenendo dal palazzo regale & signorile, ... fino alle case di persone priuate.
In Vinegia in casa de' figliuoli di Aldo, 1554.
[2], 54, [2] leaves : wdcut illus. ; 33.6 cm. (4°)

The imprint is taken from from the colophon. Leaf 51 misnumbered 53. Woodcut Aldine dolphin and anchor device on title-page and verso of final leaf. BAL, Early printed books, no. 582.

Copy Notes Copy 1: Inscribed in ink on title-page Tho. Brudenell 1610 and Tho: Tresame Ao. 1600: Nisi D[omi]n[u]s custo===dierit Ciuitatem frustra / vigilat qui Custodit eam: (quoting Psalm 127, verse 2, from the Vulgate. Pasted on the verso of the title-page is the engraved armorial bookplate of 'Sr. Tho: Tresame, Knight' with his motto 'Fecit mihi magna qui potens est' dated '1585. Jun 29.' (Franks 29789). This is said to be the "first English book-plate - other than a 'gift' or 'legacy' plate - which bears upon it an engraved date" (W.J. Hardy, Book plates, London: Kegan Paul, 1893, p. 24.). Sir Thomas Tresham (1543?--1605) of Rushton, Northamptonshire, was known both for his recusancy (hence the quotation from the Vulgate) and for his 'delight' and 'skill in buildings, though [he was] more forward in beginning, than fortunate in finishing his fabricks' (see T. Fuller, The history of the worthies of England, 1662; also John Summerson, Architecture in Britain 1530--1830, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1983 ed., pp. 80--82). This book probably passed to Thomas Brudenell (created 1st Earl of Cardigan in 1654) through his marriage around 1606 to Sir Thomas Tresham's daughter Mary. With the first and last leaves mounted, cut out to show the bookplate and the Aldine device.
Copy 2: 32.6 cm. This copy, like the BAL copy, additionally has leaf 9 misnumbered 12. With pencil and red chalk drawings of figures, cartouches and decorative elements throughout, by two hands, one quite accomplished and the other juvenile. Price of 5s. pencilled on front pastedown. With some leaves internally mutilated through repeated scoring with a sharp instrument.

Binding Copy 1: Later C19th half calf, binder's brown rib-grained cloth, blind-tooled borders. Payment to George Richmond, bookbinder, of 1s. 6d. in 1853. (Curatorial Papers/Bailey/Parcel 1).
Copy 2: C17th(?) vellum, black morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 1861


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