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Da Vinci Leonardo
TRATTÉ DE LA PEINTURE De Leonardo Da Vinci Donné Public et Traduit d’Italien en François Par R.F.S.D.C
Paris: Jacques Langlois, 1651. First edition, French language issue, published by the same publisher at the same time as the first in Italian. The first edition of Da Vinci’s great Treatise on Painting, the first published work of Leonardo. 56 engraved illustrations and diagrams within text, additional engraved title with portrait, vignette titlepage, and many engraved head- and tail-pieces. Tall 4to, in contemporary calf, rebacked and restored to period style with red morocco label on spine, endpapers renewed. xviii, 128. A scarce and desirable copy with mild mellowing and very light antique staining primarily in the margins. FIRST EDITION OF THE MOST PRECIOUS TREATISE EVER PUBLISHED ON THE ART OF DRAWING. It was during his time in the service of the Duke of Sforza that Da Vinci developed his theories of the supremacy of painting, having the opportunity to associate with philosophers and men of letters on an equal basis. 'This theory was incorporated into the Treatise on Painting compiled by Leonardo's disciple Francesco Melzi, who however omitted Leonardo's definitions of the geometric 'principles’ of point, line, and, area - definitions that Leonardo had drawn up with great care, since he wished them to be read by mathematicians rather than artists' (DSB).<br> The treatise is a major source of Leonardo's works on such topics as perspective, colour, light and shadow, as well as on plant physiology and human anatomical studies. This first edition was almost certainly produced for artists or more especially for patrons of the arts, as of th … [Click Below for Full Description]
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