Paris: Edme Martin, 1650.
Rare French language edition of Palladio's famous Quattro libri dell' Architettura. This edition was the last to be printed from the woodblocks of the first Venetian edition of 1570. Later editions became even more ornate, yet demand for copies printed from Palladio's original designs was so great that Consul Smith had a facsimile printed for English admirers of the work in the eighteenth century. Printing and the Mind of Man, no. 92 (listing the second edition, with the same plates as here). A very good copy with splendid provenance. Small folio, together four books each with ornamental title page, illustrated throughout, continuous pagination and a single leaf with printed Royal imprimatur, ample margins; an innocuous watermark to the top margin of the fourth book, but a very good copy in early half calf binding of the Berlin Royal Library with stamp to title-page, some wear, joints starting.Item #895
Printing and the Mind of Man, second edition, number 92.
Berlin Catalogue 2596.
Price (AUD): $5,500.00 other currencies