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ARCHITECTURAL TREATISE
FROM PRE-REVOLUTIONARY FRANCE


ANTOINE, Jean. Traité d’architecture, ou proportions des trois ordres grecs, sur un module de douze parties. Par Jean Antoine, Architecte & Arpenteur Général du Départment de Metz. Treves, 1768.

Rare first and sole edition of this provincially published architectural treatise by an Alsatian architect seeking to promote his work in the wider cultural environment straddling the Franco-German language divide.
$4,850


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HARINGTON’S ORLANDO FURIOSO
IN SPECTACULAR CONTEMPORARY HAND-COLOR
“THE BEST KNOWN ENGRAVED ILLUSTRATIONS
IN AN ENGLISH BOOK BEFORE 1700” -- Hodnett


ARIOSTO, Ludovico / HARINGTON, John. Orlando Furioso in English Heroical Verse, by John Haringto[n]. London, Richard Field, 1591.

Rare first edition of Orlando Furioso translated by the Elizabethan courtier Sir John Harington (1560-1612) here with its 47 full-page engravings in exceptionally fine contemporary hand-coloring, with extensive silver and gold accents, and giving every appearance of being a presentation copy. The volume contains “the best known engraved illustrations in an English book before 1700” (Hodnett).
$145,000


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WITH 14 ENGRAVED PLATES
THE LIFE AND RISE OF MUHAMMAD


BACCANTI, Alberto. Maometto, legislatore degli arabi e fondatore dell’Impero musulmano; poema del canonico Kav. Baccanti. Casalmaggiore, Fratelli Bizzarri, 1791.

Very rare first and sole edition of this illustrated poem on the life of Muhammad, composed in twelve cantos of ottava rima, with twelve full-page engraved plates by the Casalmaggiore painter Paolo Araldi (d. 1811), as well as two frontispiece portraits of the author and of Muhammad astride a rampant horse.
$4,850


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ENGRAVED ‘ICONS’ & THEIR FRAMES
BY A FOLLOWER OF CARAVAGGIO


BARBÉ, Jean-Baptiste / VAN LOON, Theodoor. SS. Apostolorum et Evangelistarum Icones cum suis parergis. [Antwerp?], Jean-Baptiste Barbé, c. 1620.

Very rare first edition of a set of engravings by the Antwerp printmaker Jean-Baptiste Barbé (1578-1649) after the designs of Theodoor van Loon (c.1581-1649), a Flemish painter noted as an early stylistic follower of Caravaggio (1571-1610). The work presents bust-length portraits of the Holy Family, the Four Evangelists, and the Twelve Apostles, each set within a fancifully designed sculptural frame, with the wording of the collection’s title – Icons with their Frames (‘parergis’)– emphasizing the importance of the relationship between painted image and its enclosing frame.
$3,850


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With an Analysis of the Perspective
of Raphael’s ‘Sposalizio’


BARCA, Pietro Antonio. Avvertimenti e Regole circa L’Architettura Civile, Scultura, Pittura, Prospettiva et Architettura Militare per Offesa e Difesa di Fortezze. . Milan, Pandolfo Malatesta, 1620.

Very rare first edition of this understudied general architectural treatise from Lombardy...
$28,500


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