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EUCLID
De gli elementi d'Euclide
Urbino, D. Frisolino, 1575. [RARE – ON BLUE PAPER] FIRST EDITION thus. ff. (viii) 278. Roman letter, with Italic. All pages with typographical border, c.600 woodcut illustrations. One lower outer corner torn not touching text, a few tiny holes to lower margin of t-p. A very good copy, on blue paper, in early C17 calf, double gilt ruled, raised bands, spine in seven compartments, repaired at head and foot, one gilt-lettered, others double gilt ruled with large gilt fleuron. Modern bibliographical notes pencilled to front pastedowns and fep, earlier inked to rear pastedown and fly, C19 engraved bookplate c1800 of Conte della Trinità to front pastedown, erased early ex-libris to t-p, occasional Italian annotation. This outstanding copy was printed on blue paper for presentation. No copies on blue paper of this edition are recorded in major bibliographies or at US libraries. Intended as a substitute for parchment, blue paper was first employed by Aldus, and perfected by Giolito, for ‘deluxe’ copies prepared for important personalities. It became an increasingly widespread practice with selected copies of particularly scientific and architectural works in the course of the C16. The translator and commentator of this edition, Federico Commandino, had also overseen the printing on blue paper of a limited Latin edition of Euclid’s ‘Elements’ in 1572. Very rare copy, on blue paper, of the first Italian translation of Euclid’s ‘Elements’ edited by Federico Commandino. Commandino (1509-75) was a humanist from Urbino renowned for his translations of the works of ancient Greek mathemati … [Click Below for Full Description]
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