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Leonardo Da Vinci's Treatise of Painting

1721 First edition in English

"The Province of a painter, as our Author has fix'd its Boundary, seems too wide and spacious to have been ever discharged in its full Extent, by any Man but himself. "

--from the Translator's Preface

DA VINCI, Leonardo. A Treatise of Painting. Translated from the Original Italian... to which is Prefix'd, the Author's Life. London: J. Senex, and W. Taylor, 1721. Octavo, contemporary  calf rebacked with recent leather labels. 

First edition in English, with engraved frontispiece and 35 engraved plates (4 folding). Text very bright with only occasional light soiling, light wear to binding. A handsome copy in contemporary calf. Rare.

 

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