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Vitruvius

Vitruvii de architectura libri decem apparatu praemuniti emendationibus et illustrationibus refecti thesauro variarum lectionum ex codicibus undique quaesitis et editionibus universis locupletati (etc).

Rome, Marini 1836.

Reference: 13188
Price: £800 [convert currency]

Full Description

Large folio. 3 vols (ex 4, no plate volume). (2) + 12 + lxix + (3) + 320pp ; (2) + 375 + (1)pp ; (4) + 266 + xxxvii + (3) + 40pp. Contemporary quarter vellum, marbled boards (an Italian binding). From the Reynolds Library, Rochester, New York, USA, with library bookplates at front and end of each volume (given to the library by Hiram Sibley, with rubbed morocco labels on each upper cover recording his gift). No other ownership inscriptions, but recently in the possession of Joseph Rykwert. The volumes are all in fresh, clean condition internally.

A good set of the text volumes only of this very important edition of Vitruvius by the Italian scholar Luigi Marini (1768-1838), which was the first to apply modern methods of textual criticism to establish what Vitruvius actually wrote. Marini also produced a parallel Italian translation, published in three volumes of similar dimensions in 1836-7 (next item), but the present handsome volumes provide the full Latin text as reconstructed by Marini and all the manuscript and printed evidence on which it was based. The fact that the plate volume is not present is regrettable, but it offers an opportunity for an institutional library, scholar or collector to acquire the text volumes more cheaply than would otherwise be the case. It should be noted that their combined weight will be around 18 kilos when packed, testifying to their impressive dimensions but also with implications for postal charges.These volumes were given to the Reynolds Library, Rochester, New York, by the American industrialist Hiram Sibley (1807-1888), president of the Western Union Telegraph Company, and have recently been in the possession of Prof. Joseph Rykwert. BAL Cat 3506.