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ALBERTI, Leon Battista (1404--1472)
[De re aedificatoria. Italian. 1726]
Della architettura di Leon Battista Alberti libri X. Della pittura libri III. E della statua libro I. Tradotti in lingua Italiana da Cosimo Bartoli e ristampati da Giacomo Leoni architetto.
In Londra presso Tommaso Edlin, 1726.
[16], 34, [4], 232 p., engr. frontis., [75] pl. ; 41.3 cm. (2°)

Bartoli's Italian translation of Alberti's De re aedificatoria, the first Renaissance treatise on architecture, was first published in 1550. The publisher of the present edition also produced an edition in the same year with parallel Italian and English text, in three volumes (q.v.). No copy other than the present imperfect one of this printing of the Italian text only, presumably intended for the export market, had been located until 2010, when a complete copy with the bookplate of Heneage Finch, 4th Earl of Aylesford (1751--1812) was offered for sale by Hugh Pagan. This copy is now in the Avery Architectural Library. ESTC n492472; Harris and Savage 13; Hugh Pagan Ltd, Catalogue 63, no. 1. See also notes to BAL, Early printed books, no. 48, p. 30.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting 19 plates, but with a duplicate of the plate facing page 3 in 'Della Pittura'. With the trade card of Humphry Repton laid down on front pastedown-endpaper, and the crossed-out price £1:1:0 inscribed in ink on the second front free-endpaper. An inscription in ink has been rendered illegible by crossing out on the front pastedown.

Binding C18th sprinkled sheep, gilt double-rule spine.

Reference Number 1577


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