I Dieci Libri dell'Architettura di Vitruvio Tradutti et Commentati da Mons. Barbaro. Daniele VITRUVIUS / Ed. BARBARO.
I Dieci Libri dell'Architettura di Vitruvio Tradutti et Commentati da Mons. Barbaro
I Dieci Libri dell'Architettura di Vitruvio Tradutti et Commentati da Mons. Barbaro
I Dieci Libri dell'Architettura di Vitruvio Tradutti et Commentati da Mons. Barbaro
Barbaro's First Thoughts On Perspective
The First Architectural Treatise To Employ Volvelles And Flaps
Venice, Francesco Marcolini, 1556.

I Dieci Libri dell'Architettura di Vitruvio Tradutti et Commentati da Mons. Barbaro.

Folio [41 x 27 cm], (151) ff. numbered in a highly irrregular manner: (1)-124, CXXV-CXXVIII, 125-274 (i.e. 284)pp. with misnubmberings, (9)ff. Woodcut title page, 131 woodcuts in the 10 books. With three volvelles, 6 extentions and 2 cancels as required by Mortimer. Bound in 18th-century yapedged vellum over boards, manuscript title on spine. Illegible ownership inscription on title. Ex libris of Jean Michel Cantacuzene and Biblioteca Lucini Passalaqua on front pastedown. Puncture in black margin of first two leaves, also pp. 137, 141 (affecting c. 3 letters) corner of (first) Aiii repaired, some worming in gutter of a few leaves, repair to lower margin of E8; fullpage cancel on E8v and F7r, small repair to corner of E7, small tear where flap attachees to Iiiii, repair in lower blank margin of Iv; some scattered minor staining and light foxing. Overall very good.

Scarce first edition of "the splendid culmination of the Renaissance tradition of Vitruvian studies" (Rosand ap. Wiebenson), containing Barbaro's first thoughts on perspective and an outline of his future work La practica della perspectiva (1568) in Book V.8 (see Rosand ap. Wiebenson III-B-7). This is the only edition to contain the original woodcuts designed by Palladio and cut by Palladio and Salviati: all later editions contain reductions.

As an example of inventive book design, the work ranks with the Como Vitruvius and Saraina's treatise on the antiquities of Verona in attempting to formulate novel solutions to convey specifically architectural information: Barbaro's Vitruvius is evidently the first architectural work to employ flaps, extensions or volvelles, and unlike the graphic innovations of the Como Vitruvius or Saraina, which for all their brilliance proved to be dead ends, some of Barbaro's innovations such as the use of flaps were adapted in latter treatises (e.g. Salomon de Caus' Perspective Courieuse).

"Barbaro's most sumptuous and significant publication was his translation and commentary on Vitruviu's ten books, De Architectura. Although it has been preceded by other editions of Vitruvius, Barbaro appears as the splendid culmination of the Renaissance tradition of Vitruvian Studies. In the preparation of the volume, which may have begun as early as 1547, Barbaro enjoyed the active collaboration of Palladio himself, who not only designed the most important illustrations but also contributed his own fund of experience and expertise, archeological as well as architectural. Barbaro's acknowledgement of Palladio's help specifically cites his work on ancient Roman theatre... the extensive learning of the commentator is evident throughout. Taking his cue from Vitruvius, Barbaro ranges widely. His commentary includes a broad philosophical disscussion of the arts, in which pride of place is given to architecture, since it is so closely based on Mathematics and hence approximates to the pure intellect; on less exalted levels, the commentary extends to the more practical matters of building the machines." -Rosand, ibid

The Venetian Barbaro(1514-1470) was a true Renaissance man: educated at Padova, he was inter alia the founder of its botanical garden; the Venetian Ambassador to England; active in the Council of Trent as Patriarch of Aquilea; and a patron of Palladio in the family's Villa Maser.



* Fowler 407; Mortimer 547; Wiebenson I-21; Vagnetti cf.EIIb23

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