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SANSOVINO, Francesco
Venetia città nobilissima et singolare, Descritta in XIIII libri da M. Francesco Sansovino
Venice: appresso Iacomo Sansovino, 1581. Quarto (228 x 160mm.), woodcut printer's device on title-page, tables bound at front, woodcut initials. Red silk binding over pasteboard, gilt edges, old black slipcase lined with patterned gilt paper, some deckle edges, a few small stains, errata leaf damaged and laid down (obscuring colophon on verso), quires Ccc-Ggg, Kkk-Lll and Ppp somewhat browned, extremities slightly worn, lacking 4 pairs of ties. A very fine copy. Rare first edition of Francesco Sansovino's celebrated guide to Venice, the first detailed topographical description of the city, of greatest importance for art history, and one of the earliest books to describe the monuments of Venice for travellers. This work set a standard for all subsequent guidebooks to Venice, and proved invaluable to Ridolfi and Boschini in the seventeenth century, to Zanetti in the eighteenth, and to Moschini in the early nineteenth. "This book established a sixteenth-century provenance for innumerable works of art. It contains detailed topographical descriptions and gives information on works since lost or destroyed. The iconography of many of the paintings inside the Doge's Palace is explained, and it becomes clear that Francesco himself devised the literary programme for those in the Sala delle Quattro Porte" (J.M. Fletcher, in the introduction to the facsimile edition of 1968). "This is the best illustration of Venice not without errors, but based at least on good sources" (Cicognara). The author Francesco Tatti da Sansovino (1521-1583) was a prolific polygraph, author of literary, histo … [Click Below for Full Description]
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