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RAGIONAMENTI DEL SIG. CAVALIERE GIORGIO VASARI - VASARI, Giorgio - 1588. 
In Firenze : appresso Filippo Giunti, 1588. Con lo illustriss. e eccellentiss. signor don Francesco Medici allora principe di Firenze. Insieme con la inventione della pittura da lui cominciata nella cupola. Con due tavole, una delle cose piu notabili, et l'altra delli huomini illustri, che sono ritratti e nominati in quest'opera. FIRST EDITION 1588, Italian text, 8vo, approximately 220 x 150 mm, 8½ x 5¾ inches, Giunti's fleur de lys device on title page, variant fleur de lys device on colophon, historiated initials, woodcut portrait of the author on fo.4v facing first page of text, pages: , 186,  - description of dome paintings, indexes, errata and colophon, collation:4, A-L8, M-O4, P²; pages 94 / 95 misnumbered 95 / 94. Bound in modern full calf, blind panelling, small gilt losenge to centre of covers, gilt raised bands, gilt ornament in 6 compartments, gilt lettered red morocco label, all edges red. Title page foxed, faint name and 2 tiny stamped initials at top of title page, occasional light foxing within, some pages lightly age-browned, very small pale damp stain to fore-edge margin of leaves B1r to D8v, pointing hand to 1 margin, ink squiggle in 2 margins, small fine worm track to fore-edge margin from F2 to F8, nowhere near text, another to upper margin from N3 to O1. A very good copy. Posthumously published account, in the form of a dialogue, of Vasari's paintings in the Palazzo Vecchio of Florence and his frescos in the dome of the cathedral which were completed by Federigo Zucchero. Edited by the artist's nephew, also Giorgio Vasari. The works discussed in this treatise are considered to be some of Vasari's finest paintings, and it contains precious information on the iconography of the manierist period. Brunet, Volume V, 1097. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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