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Pacioli, Luca, approximately 1445–1517
Diuina proportione : opera a tutti glingegni perspicaci e curiosi necessaria oue ciascun studioso di philosophia, prospectiua, pictura sculpura, architectura, musica, e altre mathematice, suauissima, sottile, e admirabile doctrina consequira : co[n] varie questione de secretissima scientia / M. Antonio Capella eruditiss. recensente.
Additional Title(s):

Divina proportione

De divina proportione
Venetiis : Impressum per probum virum Paganinum de Paganinis de Brixia ..., anno redemptionis nostre MDVIIII Klen. Iunii [1509 June 1]
Physical Description:
[6], 33, [1], 27 [i.e. 26], [27], LXI [i.e. LIX], [1] leaves : illustrations (woodcuts) ; 30 cm (folio)
Rare Books and Manuscripts
NC745.A2 P1 1509+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Copyright Not Evaluated
Author's name at head of dedication, leaf [2], first foliation.
Imprint from colophon, which reads: Venetiis impressum per ... Paganinum de Paganinis de Brixia ... Anno redemptionis nostre M.D. VIIII. Klen. Iunii. Leonardo Lauretano Ve. rem. pu. zubernante. pontificatus Iulii. II. anno VI. Colophon also at end of "Pars prima" with slight variations.
"Libellus in tres partiales tractatus diuisus ..." ([26] leaves (2nd count)) is translated from the Latin of Piero della Francesca. The illustrations include a series of geometric solids after designs by Leonardo da Vinci. Cf. Mortimer.
Woodcuts: large and small white-on-black foliated or strapwork initials; text extensively illustrated with geometrical and architectural diagrams, and human faces divided according to perfect proportions; large black woodcut capitals of the roman alphabet, designed by Leonardo; large geometrical drawings of the regular solid bodies.
Text printed in small roman type.
The title page is found in two states: integral t.p. (ornamental initial in black) or cancel t.p. (ornamental initial in red).
Signatures: A⁶ B-D⁸ E¹⁰ (E10 blank), a-b⁸ c¹⁰, [AA-KK]⁸.
Author (in dedication) names Leonardo da Vinci as the artist of drawings on the final 59 leaves.
Leaf 25 of first foliation misprinted 17; leaves 14, 16-26 of second foliation numbered 15, 17-27.
Lacks plates listed in table as LX-LXI as usual. Plate LIX numbered LXI. Missing illustrations possibly omitted by publisher with the obfuscating numbering. Cf. Mortimer and Bertieri.
Catalogo ragionato dei libri d'arte e d'antichità posseduti dal conte Cicognara, 341
Harvard College Library. Catalogue of books and manuscripts. Italian 16th century books, 346
Adams, H.M. Catalogue of books printed on the continent of Europe, 1501-1600, in Cambridge libraries, P7
Sander, M. Livre à figures italien depuis 1467 jusqu'à 1530, II, 5365/5366
NC745.A2 P1 1509+: Bound in contemporary wooden boards, with clasps, and later leather. With an unidentified armorial bookplate, above a 20th-century booksellers' label of La Bibliofila, Milano. With the cancel title page, ornamental initial in red. Parts are sequenced as follows: 1 blank leaf; 6 preliminaries; pars II; pars I; 1 blank leaf; diagram of a human head; alphabet; 4 architectural plates; solids; arbor proportio et proportionalitas; 2 blank leaves.
First and only edition of one of the key works for studying the interplay of mathematics, art, architectural theory and typography during the Renaissance, by the mathematician Luca Pacioli, with illustrations after Leonardo da Vinci.
Subject Terms:
Drawing -- Early works to 1800.
Proportion (Art) -- Early works to 1800.
Capella, Antonio, editor.
Paganini, Alessandro, active 1513-1538, printer.
Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519.

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