2 VIGNOLA, Gi. Barozzi da. Regola de' cinque ordini d'architte 1


Description: Most extensive edition of an architectural classic, with 128 full-page engravings
with a unique broadside poem celebrating the capture of Buda from the Ottoman Empire in 1686

VIGNOLA, Giacomo Barozzi da.
Regola de' cinque ordini d'archittettura, ... con la nuova aggionta di Michael-Angelo Buonaroti. | Regel vande vijf ordens der architecture,... | Reigle des cinq ordres d'architetture, | Regel der funff Orden von Architectur, ...| The rule of the V. orders of architecture.
Amsterdam, Johannes Janssonius and Jan van Hilton, 1642. With an architectural engraved title-page for part 2, an engraved portrait of Vignola in an elaborate architectural frame, and 66 engraved architectural illustrations.
(2) PAS, Crispijn van de (I and II). Oficina arcularia in qua sunt ad spectantia diversa ... | Boutique menuserie ... | Schriner Laden ... | Schrinwerckers winckel ...
Amsterdam, Crispijn van de Pas, 1642. With an engraved title-page and 59 numbered engraved architectural plates in 6 series.
(3) [MILIARIA - BATTLE OF BUDA]. LEOPOLD I. Copiis militaribus Budam expugnantibus, & Turcas subigentibus.
[Amsterdam?, dated 1686 in chronograms]. A broadside containing a 38-line Latin poem celebrating the defeat of the Ottoman Empire by the troops of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I and his allies and their capture of Buda (now part of Budapest) at the Battle of Buda (or possibly celebrating the expected outcome of the battle still in progress). With 1 woodcut decorated initial and 2 decorative bands built up from arabesque typographic ornaments.
2 editions (the first in 2 parts) published together, in 1 volume. Royal folio (44 x 28 cm) plus a 1mo broadside (40 x 26.5 cm). Contemporary sheepskin parchment over flexible boards.
€ 7,000
The most extensive edition of the work of the great Renaissance architect Vignola (1507-1573) as expanded by Michelangelo (1475-1564), with the text in Italian, Dutch, French, German and English, and with numerous supplemental series of plates, some appearing here for the first time.
The 1686 broadside used as a paste-down at the end of the book celebrates the success of the Holy Roman Empire and its allies at the Battle of Buda, which wrested Buda (now part of Budapest) from Ottoman control after 145 years and heralded the end of Ottoman power in Hungary. Not only does this appear to be unique and not recorded in the literature, we have also found no other record of this anonymous poem.
With a contemporary 5-line inscription on the last free endleaf and stencilled owner's inscription on itle-page. Lacking plate 28 in series 5 and 16 plates in series 6, but every copy has a different make-up. With a tear in 1 plate, slightly affecting the foot of the image, a marginal water stain at the head of the first few leaves and some dog-eared corners. Series 1 is sophisticated (each leaf cut down and mounted on modern paper), but the book is general in very good condition, many plates fine, and only slightly trimmed. The 1686 broadside has a hole affecting a few words near the end of the first 6 lines of the poem, and was formerly folded horizontally and vertically. The binding is wrinkled, with a few small tears and stains. A great monument to architectural illustration, with 128 full-page copper plates, together with a unique broadside poem celebrating the conquest of Buda from the Ottoman Empire in 1686.
Ad 1: BAL 3452; Berlin Kat. 2586; STCN (8 copies, at least 6 incomplete); ad 2: cf. BAL 3452; Berlin Kat. 2586; STCN (8 copies, some incomplete).
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