Lives of the Most Eminent Painters. Giorgio Vasari, Marilyn Aronberg Lavin, Giovanni Mardersteig, Fritz Kredel, Introduction, Book Designer.
Lives of the Most Eminent Painters
Lives of the Most Eminent Painters
Lives of the Most Eminent Painters
Lives of the Most Eminent Painters

Lives of the Most Eminent Painters

[New York], Printed in Verona: The Limited Editions Club, Printed at Stamperia Valdonega, 1966. Kredel, Fritz; Vasari, Giorgio. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 351 of 1500, quarto size, 750 pp., signed by book designer Giovanni Mardersteig, with Monthly LEC Newsletter. Fine / fine. Item #171031213

Giorgio Vasari (1511-1574) was an Italian painter, architect, writer, and historian, most famous today for his "Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects" which is considered the ideological foundation of art-historical writing. Giovanni Mardersteig was a publisher, printer, typographer and historian who founded the Officina Bodoni, a hand-press in 1922. The Officina Bodoni is known for printing books of the very highest quality and the finest craftsmanship (n. b., info from Wikipedia).

This publication with illustrations by Fritz Kredel (1900-1973), who studied under Rudolf Koch and became one of the twentieth century's best-known illustrators.

___DESCRIPTION: Two volumes bound in full reddish-brown buckram with gilt decoration on covers and gold and black stamped label on spines, top edges stained tan, title pages in red and black, illustrated with full-colour reproductions and with woodcut portraits of the artists by Giorgio Vasari and Fritz Kredel (reproduced from the original 1568 edition - five of which were lacking in all early editions and have been cut in wood for this edition by Kredel), designed by Dr. Giovanni Mardersteig; set in monotype Bembo on off-white wove paper with Vasari watermark, pagination of volume one: (i)-xviii, (1)-326, Notes (327)-341, blank (342), Glossary (343)-344; pagination of volume two: (1) - 374, Notes (375) - (383), blank (384), Glossary (385) - 386, blank (387), colophon (388); quarto size (11.5" by , signed by book designer Giovanni Mardersteig, Limited Edition no. 351 of 1500; light-grey paper dust jacket with black lettering on the spine. Monthly LEC Newsletter laid in; slipcase is covered in marbled paper with cream linen with black lettering on the spine with black pull-out ribbon.

___CONDITION: Books and dust jackets are in fine condition, the bindings clean and unrubbed, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the interiors are clean and bright, and the volumes are entirely free of prior owner markings; clean, crisp, as new. The dust jackets also fine, clean and without wear; the Monthly Newsletter clean, free of wear, with original folds and a light, shallow crease or two. The slipcase is in near fine condition, strong and sturdy, with very light overall rubbing, the label slightly soiled with a light, old dampstain.

___CITATION: LEC no. 389.

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Price: $250.00