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The first [-fift] booke of architecture, made by Sebastian Serly, entreating of geometrie. Translated out of Italian into Dutch, and out of Dutch into English

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Title: The first [-fift] booke of architecture, made by Sebastian Serly, entreating of geometrie. Translated out of Italian into Dutch, and out of Dutch into English Author: [Serlio, Sebastiano] Place: London Publisher: Printed [by Simon Stafford and Thomas Snodham] for Robert Peake Date: 1611 Description: 5 books, separately foliated, each with its own title-page. With woodcut illustrations throughout. (folio) 33x24 cm. (13x9½"), modern cloth. First Edition in English. Very Rare English edition of Serlio's "Tutte l’opere d’architettura," the first complete major work of architecture in English, and also the first illustrated architecture work in English. A work distinctive among early English imprints for its extensive and vigorous illustration. Illustrated English works of such early date are very rare. The five volume work is considered the first great illustrated architectural treatise of the Renaissance, of great influence to architectural styles around Europe. If complete, this 1611 edition would be foliated [3], 13, [1]; [2], 26, [1]; [1], 73; 71, [1]; 16 leaves. In this copy, however book one is lacking the title, next leaf and final blank; book two lacking folio 26; book three with folios 26 & 27 misbound; book five lacking folios 9 -12. The contents are mounted on stubs throughout, and the work has been interleaved with the text and illustrations of the 1804 second edition of Ottavio Bartoli-Scamozzi's "Il forestiere istrutto nelle cose piu' rare di architettura... della citta di Vicenza," the folding copper-engravings of that work being of considerable interest when juxtaposed to the woodcuts in Serlio's work. Lot Amendments Condition: The first 80 or so leaves are silked, as are some others later on, 1st two leaves with marginal loss, some leaves trimmed [touching headlines], staining and browning throughout, some worm damage; still a rare and highly important work. Item number: 229330

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Auction house: PBA Galleries
Title: Sale 488: Rare Books & Manuscripts: The Property of Jane Hohfeld Galante & Other Owners
Date of the auction: 13 Sep 2012
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