Auction 358 Old & Rare Books - Various subjects

ARTIST'S MANUALS -- ARMENINI, G.B. De' veri precetti della pittura libri tre. Ravenna, Fr. Tebaldini, 1587. (20), 229. (3) pp. W. woodcut printer's mark on title, woodcut initials & headpieces. 4°. Cont. limp vellum w. old manuscript ti. on spine and on front side. (Ties fail, old owner's entry on free endpaper, sl. foxed).

A very good copy of the first edition. "A practical treatise on design, draftsmanship, and painting technique, written by a painter from Faenza. Also contains anecdotes and other information about artists and works of art. Important for the study of 16th-century painting". One of the most important sources for our understanding of the artist's studios of the Mannerist period in Italy. - Arntzen & Rainwater H33; Blunt, Artistic Theory in Italy 1450-1600, p. 139 & 148. Not in Adams.

€ 2400

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