A few books

SICCA, (ANGELO). Saggio dei varj Caratteri della Tipografia di A. Sicca in Padova. 

(Padova, Sicca, c. 1840). Small folio. 8 ff. Printed on the recto only. Pink printed wrappers. A very well preserved copy of a fragile item held in a custom-made protective portfolio. 

Extremely rare, if not unique, Italian type specimen showing 4 pages of type and five pages of vignettes (including inside back cover). Among the types are: “Nonpariglia, Gagliarda, Garamone, Testo d’Aldo, Gotico Fregiato, Greco di Gagliarda, Ebarico di Testino and many others. The vignettes show religious and military symbols as well angels, musical instrument and something resembling a printing press. I have not found another copy of this specimen. I have found mention of an Angelo Sicca (Brescia 1793 – Padova 1860), in the Eciclopedia Dantesca stating that he was the director of the tipografia della Minerva in Padua. I have also found several books published by Angelo Sicca around 1840, 1842 and from 1846 when it becomes Sicca and son.

3.500 € [101560]

SCAMOZZI, VINCENZO. Oeuvres d’architecture de Vincent Scamozzi Vincentin, architecte de la Republique de Venise, contenuës dans son Idée de l’Architecture Universelle; dont les regles des cinq ordres, que le sixiéme livre contient, ont eté traduites en françois par Mr. Augustin Charles d’Aviler, Architecte du Roi Tres-Chretien; & le reste traduit nouvellement par Mr. Samuel du Ry, Ingenier ordinaire de leurs Hautes Puissances les Seigneurs Etats Généraux des Provinces Unies. Avec les planches originales; le tout revü & exactement corrigé sur l’original italien. On y a joint aussi plusiers nouveaux desseins des plus beaux edifices de Rome, dont l’auteur parle dans son ouvrage. 

A Leide, chez Pieter vander Aa, Marchand Libraire, 1713. Folio. Early nineteenth century red half calf with red boards. Spine goldtooled. Binding a bit rubbed. Halftitle, engraved frontispiece containing title, titlepage, 6 ff; (1) – 276 pp. Some light browning but a good copy, complete with the engraved title and the 24 plates hors-texte. Illustrated with the engraved title-page; engraved plates by Pieter Sluiter after Jan Goeree; full-page copper and wood engravings after Scamozzi. 

The first edition in Italian ‘L’idea della architettura universale’ was published in 1615. The present edition consists of abridged translations of books 3 and 6, the illustrations from books 1-2 and 8 with brief explanations, and additional woodcuts. A.C. d’Aviler’s translation of book 6 was first published in 1685. Trained by his father, Bertotti Scamozzi, Vincenzo (1548 – 1616) studied in Venice and Rome and traveled widely through western Europe. He both benefited from and was overshadowed by his association with Palladio. When the master died in 1580, Scamozzi was 40 years his junior, but was nonetheless the obvious choice to complete a number of his unfinished projects. The classicizing influence of Andrea Palladio and Sebastiano Serlio is evident in the palaces, villas, and churches that Scamozzi designed in Venice, Vicenza, Padua, and elsewhere in Italy. His designs for villas and town palaces, which were sometimes adaptations of buildings by Palladio, influenced English Neoclassical architecture from Inigo Jones onward. [c.f. Berlin Kat; 2608; Brunet V, col.181; Cicognara 655; Halwas 4:127; Laget `Bibliothèque d’un Collectionneur’ (1999):82; Qu*rard VIII, p.503; Spellman 12:45; UCBA p.1827; Weinreb 

3.500 € [101741]

Catalogue for the sale of the famous ‘Cabinet of paintings’ of Gabriel François Joseph de Verhulst

(VERHULST, GABRIEL FRANÇOIS JOSEPH DE). Catalogue d’une riche et precieuse collection de tableaux des meilleurs & plus célébres maîtres des ecoles d’Italie, des Pays-Bas & de France, qui composent le cabinet de Feu Messire Gabriel-François-Joseph de Verhulst, dont les héritiers proposent l’acquisition en total & en masse. Les personnes qui désireront faire quelque offre pour la totalité, ou prendre des informations ultérieures à cet égard, sont priés de vouloir s’adresser au notaire & procureur Henri de Neck, demeurant à Bruxelles. 

Brussels, Antoine d” Ours, 1779. 4to. With frontispiece portrait of the collector De Verhulst, depicted with a ‘Catalogue de tableaux’ in his hands, and decorated with his coat of arms and a painter’s books and tools, engraved by A. Cardon. (4), 56, (10) pp. Contemporary mottled calf (rubbed & hinges a bit weak but holding well). A nice and clean copy. 

Catalogue for the sale in a mass of the famous ‘Cabinet of paintings’ of Gabriel François Joseph de Verhulst, especially rich in works from the Dutch and Flemish Schools, including paintings by Alb. Dürer, Carel van Mander, Rubens, Bronkhorst, Breughel, Jan van Goyen, Ant. van Dyck, Rembrandt, Adr. Brauwer, David Teniers, Van Ostade, Gerard Douw, Gabriel Metsu, Ph. Wouwermans, J. H. Roos, Moucheron, Jacob van Ruysdaal, Frans van Mieris, Jan Steen, Hondecoeter, Gerard de Lairesse, A. Houbraken, etc. From the Italian School are present: Tizian, Michelangelo, Castiglione, Dolci, etc., and from the French School: Nic. Poussin, Ant. Watteau, etc., At the end a full index is given, and a final note informs the public that an auction sale per item will be held from August 16, 1779 onwards if the collection will not be sold “en block” before July 15, 1779. [Duplessis 1123; Lugt 3038].

1.000 € [101809]