De architectura libri decem. Cum notis, castigationibus & observationibus Guilielmi Philandri integris; Danielis Barbari excerptis, & Claudii Salmasii passim insertis. Praemittuntur Elementa architecturae collecta ab illustri viro Henrico Wottono [?] Accedunt Lexicon vitruvianum Bernardini Baldi [?]; et eiusdem Scamilli impares vitruviani. De pictura libri tres absolutissimi Leonis Baptistae de Albertis. De Sculptura excerpta maxime animadvertenda ex Dialogo Pomponii Gaurici [?] Ludovici Demontiosii commentarius De scultura et pictura. Cum variis indicibus copiosissimis. Omnia in unum collecta, digesta & illustrata a Ioanne De Laet antwerpiano

Autore: VITRUVIUS POLLIO (fl. 1st BC) et al. - LAET, Johannes de ed. (1581-1649)

Tipografo: Louis Elzevir

Dati tipografici: Amsterdam, 1649

Folio (310x200 mm). [8, including the engraved title page], 30, [2], 252, [2], 253-272, [28], 164, 69, [3] pp. With 4 full-page and over 70 smaller woodcuts in text. Decorated initials and headpieces. Contemporary leather, rebacked, original red sprinkled edges (panels rather worn, but binding very solid). A very good, genuine copy.

This collection of various Classical and Renaissance texts on architecture, sculpture and painting was edited by Johannes de Laet, professor at the University of Leyden and director of the Dutch East India Company. The amount of scholarship that De Laet put together in this edition around Vitruvius' treatise De architectura is quite impressive. The book was not reprinted but had a wide circulation.

After the dedication to Queen Christina of Sweden, dated Leiden 15 May 1649, De Laet prints the Elements of Architecture (London, 1624) by Henry Wotton (1568-1639) in his own Latin translation. He then continues with the text of Vitruvius taken from the 1552 Jean de Tournes edition accompanied by the Annotationes of Guillaume Philandrier (1505-1565) which account for most of the rich footnote commentary.

After that are the Epitome by the same Philandrier from Georgius Agricola's treatise De mensuris et ponderibus Romanorum atque Graecorum; the thus far unpublished Notae in Vitruvium by the Danish scholar and music historian Marcus Meibom (ca. 1630-1710) dedicated to Claude Saumaise (1588-1653); an also unpublished treatise by the German mathematician Nicolaus Goldmann (1611-1665) on the Ionic volute; the Lexicon Vitruvianum seu Designificatione vocabulorum Vitruvianorum (first appeared in 1612) and the Scamilli impares Vitruviani by Bernardino Baldi (1553-1617); Leon Battista Alberti's (1404-1472) De pictura (first appeared in 1540); extracts from Pomponius Gauricus' (1482-1530) De sculptura (first appeared in 1604); Louis de Montjosieu's (1583-1649) commentary on sculpture (Commentarius de sculptura, first appeared in 1602); and finally a brief commentary by Claude Saumaise on two passages from Solinus. The volume is accompanied by extensive useful indexes (cf. K. A. Ottenheym, The Vitruvius edition, 1649, of Johannes de Laet (1581-1649), in: “LIAS”, 25, 1998-2, pp. 217-229).

Willems, 1097; Fowler, 417; Berlin Katalog, 1817; Brunet, V, 1328; Olschki, Choix, VI, 5775; Cicognara, 726; Fowler Collection, 417; Riccardi, I, 617.


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