Venice: Apresso Pietro de Franceschi, 1575. [58, including blank], 407,pp. Small quarto. Full vellum, spine gilt extra, gilt labels. Two folding maps, forty double- page engraved plates. Some foxing and occasional marginal thumbing and soiling, some spotting to G1-2, trivial worm nibble in gutter of a number of the plates, a few old ink marginal annotations, still a very good copy. Item #WRCLIT80046
First Palladio edition of Caesar's COMMENTARIES, based on the translation by Francesco Baldelli (first published in 1554). Andrea Palladio (1508 - 1580) is most widely known for his highly influential designs and treatises on architecture. In his preface to this late, somewhat out-of- genre work, Palladio indicates that this illustrated edition of the Commentaries "originated in a project for his two sons, Leonida and Orazio. The sons died in 1572, and Palladio, finding the sketches they had made, decided to publish them with his own additions..." - Mortimer. Palladio engraved the fine plates, which depict overhead views of encampments and land and sea battles, fortified cities, river crossings, and bridge and wall construction. "Édition rechercheé à cause des gravures dont elle est ornée" - Brunet. The work was reprinted several times in the following decades. MORTIMER ITALIAN 16TH CENTURY BOOKS, 97. BRUNET I:1461. FOWLER 237.