First Spanish Edition of The Most Important Art Treatise of the Renaissance
LEONARDO DA VINCI. Tratado De La Pintura. por Leonardo de Vinci, y los tres libros que sobre el mismo arte escribió Leon Bautista Alberti: traducidos e ilustrados con algunas notas por Don Diego Antonio Rejon de Silva. Madrid: Diego Antonio Rejon de Silva , 1784.
First Spanish edition of Leonardo's Treatise of Painting, the most important treatise on art to be written during the Renaissance. Two parts in one quarto volume (10 x 7 3/4 inches; 253 x 197 mm). [14], xviii, [3]-266. With 42 engraved plates, including a frontispiece and two portraits (of DaVinci and Alberti). Also includes biographies of both artists by R. Trichet Du Fresne.

Full contemporary vellum. Spine lettered in brown ink. All edges speckled red. Inner hinged cracked but holding. Vellum a bit soiled. Top of spine chipped. Some toning to leaves and plates, but generally very good.

First Spanish edition of Leonardo's first published work. The treatise was drawn together from his copious notes by his pupil Francesco Melzi. "Leonardo's most important literary contribution was his approach to painting as a natural science, grounded in geometry and direct observation of natural phenomena. Through the Trattato della Pittura... Leonardo's ideas formed the core of academic artistic instruction for three centuries in many institutional settings" (OCIL regarding the 1st edition).

HBS # 68564 $2,500

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