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VECELLIO, Cesare.
De gli habiti antichi, et moderni di diverse parti del mondo, libri due, ..., & con discorsi da lui dichiarati.Venice, Damiano Zenaro, 1590. 8vo (19 x 12 x 4.5 cm). Title-page with an elaborately decorated woodcut scrollwork border, a divisional title with a 4-piece woodcut border, an emblematic woodcut medallion, 5 full-page woodcut views of Venice, and 413 full-page woodcut costume figures from around the world (each in a 4-piece woodcut border). Gold-tooled red goatskin morocco (Paris, ca. 1865) by the celebrated French binder C. Hardy and his partner, signed in the front turn-in "HARDY-MENNIL", each board with the crowned and supported arms of the Prince d'Essling, monogram AM (for André Masséna, Prince d'Essling), richly gold-tooled spine, gold-tooled turn-ins, double fillets on board edges, edges gilt over swirl marbling.
[24], 499, [1 blank] ll.First edition, in the original Italian, of a famous early woodcut book of ancient and modern costumes by Cesare Vecellio (ca. 1530-1600), a nephew of Titian and himself a gifted painter and ornament draughtsman. This edition shows the 420 fine woodcuts at their freshest, revealing many details of the costumes. The third edition attributes the drawing of the figures to Titian, but they are usually regarded as the work of Vecellio himself. They were cut in wood by Christoph Krieger, a Nürnberg woodblock cutter working in Venice, where he was known as Christoforo Guerra. The presswork is good, showing the woodcut illustrations and decorated initials to excellent effect. The work is divided into two "libri", the first devoted to the costumes of Europe with 349 beautiful ancient and modern figures and 5 charming views of Venice; the second devoted to costumes of Asia and Africa with 64 figures. Vecellio added explanatory text, not only for the ancient but also for the modern costumes, the first time anyone had provided this information, so that the text is also an important primary source for clothing of the period. The part on Europe includes several beautiful Russian and East European, as well as numerous Turkish/Ottoman and Greek costume figures. C. Hardy learned bookbinding under Jean-Edouard Niédrée and set up his own Paris bindery around 1850. The firm signed its bindings Hardy-Mennil from ca. 1865, but little is known about either partner. The Princes d'Essling had been Niédreé patrons and André Prosper Victor Masséna (1829-1898/99), Prince d'Essli … [Click Below for Full Description]
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