Title: Di Alberto Durero pittore, e geometra chiarissimo. Della simmetria de i corpi humani, libri quattro, 1591
Author: Albrecht Dürer; Giovanni Paolo Gallucci; Nicolini da Sabbio
Publisher: In Venetia, Presso Domenico Nicolini
A first Italian edition of Albrecht Durer’s On the symmetry of human bodies, in four books. This edition is based off the posthumous edition first published in 1528, newly translated from German into Italian by Giovanni Paolo Gallucci.
This edition is additionally augmented by a fifth book, in which it deals, with what ways painters and sculptors can show the diversity of the nature of men and women, and with what passions, which they feel for them are different accidents, which they need.
Books I and II focus on the mathematical and geometrical construction of forms; while books III and IV consider the problems of variation and movement, leading to difficult and intricate considerations of geometry, and finally the construction of his famous 'cube man', which is also depicted.
This work is illustrated throughout with hundreds of stunning woodcuts set taken from the 1528 designs, along with 3 folding diagrams.
One volume in folio, (6)+140+(1) leaves (actually 138), leaves 65, 67 and 73 lacking.
On note of condition, this volume is in good shape, with minimal rubbing and wear to the binding, and staining on the boards. Leaves 65, 67, and 73 are lacking. Leaf 74 is not numbered, although this may be a printing error or redaction as other copies commonly bear this issue as well. There is no woodcut present on leaf 113. There is foxing and staining throughout.