Le due regole della prospettiva pratica

Autore BAROZZI, Jacopo detto Il Vignola (1507-1573)-DANTI, Egnazio (1537-1586).
Tipografo Francesco Zanetti
Dati tipografici Roma, 
Prezzo 8000.00
Le due regole della prospettiva pratica

Folio (358x242 mm). [12], 145, [7] pp. Collation: +6 A-T4. The final leaf T4 is a blank. Engraved architectural title page signed by Cherubino Alberti with a bust of Vignola in the centre and the coat of arms of the dedicatee Giacomo Buoncompagni at the top. With 120 woodcut illustrations and diagrams in text (one full-page) designed and cut by Egnazio Danti and 29 engraved plates, 8 of which are full page, by Vignola. Errata at l. T3r. Printer's device and colophon at l. T3v. Vignola's text in large roman lettering, Danti's commentary in italics and smaller roman type. Leaf A1r bears a marginal note explaining the typographic distinction between Vignola's and Danti's texts. Slightly later vellum over boards made with older, re-used parchment, spine with four raised bands, traces of ties. Small old stamp on title page only partially readable. Contemporary annotations in the margin, between the lines, and in the illustrations by a single hand, which corrects and integrates the printed text: particularly interesting and extensive are the notes on pp. 119, 121, and 123. Some marginal foxing, a few leaves slightly browned, large stain on the last blank leaf. A very nice, full-margined copy (none of the notes or illustrations have been trimmed).

RARE FIRST EDITION of this treatise, considered “the most comprehensive, systematic and authoritative exposition of one-point and two-point perspective construction methods published in the 16th century” (R.J. Tuttle, in: D. Wiebenson, “Architectural Theory and Practice from Alberti to Ledoux”, Chicago, 1982). It was published by Ignazio Danti, professor of mathematics at Bologna, ten years after the author's death. In the dedication to Giacomo Buoncompagni, the natural son of Pope Gregory XIII, dated 14 November 1583, Danti explains that Vignola was working on the copperplates at the time of his death. Danti further illustrated the text with woodcuts. This combination of woodcut and engraved illustrations was maintained in the subsequent Rome editions (1611 and 1644), but abandoned in the Bologna edition of 1682, which contains only woodcuts. The full-page copperplate on l. L4v is dated 1562. One of the full-page copperplates by Vignola illustrates the use of a drawing instrument to render a female figure. The preliminary leaves also contain a short biography of Vignola written by the editor.

“When the Due regole appeared, it was the first specialized treatise on perspective by a professional artist to appear in Italy [and] the most intelligent, useful, and thoroughly informative book on perspective ever published” (M. Kemp, The Science of Art, New Haven-London, 1990 p. 69).

Cicognara, 810; Fowler, 386; Riccardi, I 87; Edit 16, CNCE38677; Berlin Cat., 4695; Mortimer, 538; Vagnetti, EIIb8.

  • Le due regole della prospettiva pratica
  • Le due regole della prospettiva pratica
  • Le due regole della prospettiva pratica
  • Le due regole della prospettiva pratica