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BACCI, Andrea.
De Thermis Andreae Baccii.libri septem
Venice, apud Vincentium Valgrisium, 1571. FIRST EDITION. Folio. pp. (lxxii) 509 (i). Roman letter with Italic, occasional Greek. Printer’s device to t-p, double-page woodcut plan of the Baths of Diocletian. T-p very slightly thumbed, two tiny worm trails at foot of first and last couple of ll., light water stain to some upper outer corners, including woodcut, very largely marginal. A very good, clean, large-margined copy in most handsome C16 Roman crimson goatskin, covers expertly laid onto modern morocco, blind-tooled to a triple-ruled panel design, second border with gilt double fillet, interlinked circles, and demi-dragons to outer corners, central panel with arabesque cornerpieces and gilt cartouche with arms of Giacomo Boncompagni surmounted by coronet, edges with diagonal dashes in blind, a.e.g. Spine in four compartments, blind- tooled double-ruled border and stamped demi-dragon to each, double raised bands, modern eps, green cloth ties. Armorial library stamp of Boncompagni to t-p. The superb binding was made for Giacomo Boncompagni (1548-1612), Duke of Sora, Arpino, Arce and Aquino, Marquess of Vignola and illegitimate son of Gregory XIII, elected Pope in 1572. Twenty books have been traced to his collection, 17 of which feature a double- ruled blind-tooled panel design, an outer border of gilt interlaced-circles tools, solid gilt cornerpieces and a stamped oval with Boncompagni’s arms flanked by two angels supporting a coronet (Wittock, 105-6). Together with a copy of Mambrino Roseo’s ‘Supplemento delle Historie del Mondo’ (Venice, 1583), this is the only Boncompa … [Click Below for Full Description]
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