M. Vitruvii de architectura libri decem nuper maxima diligentia castigati atque excusi, additis, Iulii Frontini de aqueductibus libris propter materiae affinitatem. 

Florence, heirs of Filippo Giunta, 27 October 1522. 

8vo, ff. 192, 24, [20]; text in italic, some text in Greek, capital spaces with guide letters, woodcut device to title and penultimate leaf, numerous woodcut illustrations within the text; occasional light foxing, a few marks, small loss at head of I1 touching a few letters, closed marginal tear to Q4; good in nineteenth-century quarter roan, spine lettered and decorated in gilt, boards covered with fragments from a sixteenth-century antiphonary (with blue and red initial H and music), marbled endpapers; a little worming and rubbing to joints, some rubbing to covers; inscription at foot of title ‘Joannis Antonii Oliva Tar[vis]ii 1565 mense Novembri solidis trigintasex monetae Venetae videlicet l.1 s.16’, his notes and marginalia to Frontinus; nineteenth-century bookplate of Carlo Antonio Dotti to front pastedown and later nineteenth-century stamp ‘Girolamo Dotti’ to front free endpaper.


US $6676€6354

Add to basket Make an enquiry

Added to your basket:
M. Vitruvii de architectura libri decem nuper maxima diligentia castigati atque excusi, additis, Iulii Frontini de aqueductibus libris propter materiae affinitatem. 

Checkout now

Attractive pocket-sized Giunta edition of Vitruvius’s De Architectura, illustrated with numerous woodcuts, together with Frontinus’ work on the aqueducts of Rome, the latter annotated by the Trevisan bibliophile Giovanni Antonio Oliva (1515–1590). 

Illustrated with 139 woodcuts this edition is based upon that of 1513.  It excludes Giovanni Giocondo’s preface to Frontinus from the earlier edition, a lacuna which Oliva has made good by copying this out to f. 192v and to the verso of the colophon leaf.  Oliva’s marginalia essentially correct errors within the printed text.  Having purchased the volume in November 1565 for 36 Venetian soldi (as noted on the title-page), Oliva had finished it by the following February, writing on the penultimate leaf, ‘perlegi Tar[vis]ii 1566 mense Februario Laus Deo’.  Oliva has also added a nice note to the front flyleaf with an anecdote about Alfonso V of Aragon requesting a copy of Vitruvius when building a triumphal arch at Naples. 

Lawyer, doctor, and devoted bibliophile, Oliva studied and taught at the University of Bologna, building a library of over three thousand books.  According to D’Alessi, the Inquisition destroyed Oliva’s library around the year 1576 following the issue of a new Index librorum prohibitorum.  The Vitruvius was saved because he was not an auctor damnatus

Adams V-904; Fowler Architectural Collection 396. 

You may also be interested in...


Autograph working manuscript of a collection of essays and pensées entitled ‘La Marche du Jeu’.

An extraordinary, unique production, with seven long, unpublished observational essays by Fricker on the post-war Parisian art world, including long discussions of the work of Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, and Blaise Cendrars; assembled in hand-decorated chemises and a folding box designed by his sister Jeanine Fricker, one of the leading lights of modern French book design.

Read more

HALLAM, Arthur Henry. 

Remains, in Verse and Prose … 

First edition, a presentation copy from the editor, the historian Henry Hallam, to his late son’s friend and fellow Cambridge ‘Apostle’ James Spedding.  The prefatory memoir by Hallam senior includes a long letter from Spedding (‘one of his most valued friends’) (pp. xx-xxvi),  here signed by Spedding and with several minor manuscript corrections. 

Read more