VREDEMAN DE VRIES, Hans. Hortorvm Viridariorvmque elegantes & multiplicis formae...delineatae a Iohanne Vredmanno Frisio. Contents include engraved title with and architectural border followed by 28 engraved plates by Philips Galle after Hans Vredeman de Vries. Antwerp: Philips Galle, 1583. BOUND AFTER:
VITRUVIUS POLLIO, Marcus. Vitruuius Des aller namhafftigisten vnnd Hocherfarnesten Romischen architecti unnd Kunstreichen Werck oder Bawmaysters. Zehen Bucher von der Architektur und kunstlichem Bawen. Ein Schlussel und einleytung aller Mathematischen vnnd Mechanischen Kunst... Erstmals verteutschtunnd in Truck verordnet durch Gualtherum Rivium. , dclxxxii,  pp. Illustrated throughout with 190 woodcuts in text, plus woodcut printer's device at the end. Folio, 320 x 205 mm, bound in German vellum dated 1605, gilt embossed coat-of- arms of the German family vom Hagen, the initials C[hristoph] V[om] H[agen] with 1605 below on the front cover. Basel: Henricpetri, 1575.
A sammelband of two important illustrated works on architecture, landscape design and perspective, bound in a contemporaneous binding from a Noble German family.
Ad1: First edition for both suites. Hans Vredeman de Vries' book Hortorvm Viridariorvmque elegantes... is considered to be the first book which presents a group of garden projects in the Renaissance style. Vredeman de Vries (ca. 1527-1606) was a much celebrated Dutch architect and draughtsman whose model books and works on perspective disseminated the new artistic innovations of Renaissance Italy to Northern Europe.
Plates numbered 1-8 second issue with engraved numbers. Plates numbered 1-20 with engraved captions: Dorica (plates 1-6); Ionica (plates 7-13); Corinthia (plates 14-20).
Ad2: Second Edition of the first German translation of Vitruvius (First Edition, Nuremberg, 1548). Translated by Walter Hermann Ryff. Trained as an apothecary, Ryff, who called himself "surgeon" or "doctor" in his over 200 recorded works, largely compilations of medical and or pharmaceutical texts, was one of the most important agents for the spread of scientific knowledge in the 16th century. Apart from the actual architecture, the work also deals with many technology related objects, water and thermal springs, mill technology, grain grinders as well as measuring instruments and sundials among others. The marvelous woodcuts, are tentatively attributed to the engravers Peter Flötner, Hans Brosamer, and Virgil Solis; their sources include the 1521 Como edition of Vitruvius.
Some marginal water staining, binding a little soiled, overall a very good, broad margined handsome copy.
PROVENANCE: Christoph Vom Hagen, with initials and coat-of-arms stamped on front cover. Front paste-down with mounted engraved book-label Zur Gräfl. vom Hagen'schen Majorats-Bibliothek Möckern gehörig. Title-leaf verso with release stamp of the ULB Sachsen Anhalt.
Ad1. Not in Fowler. Berlin Katalog 3390. Millard III, Northern, 137 (first edition with 20 plates). Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish Etchings XLVIII, 2, 508-515 and 470-490.
Ad2. Fowler 412. Benzing, Ryff 186. Berlin Katalog 1811.
Item nr. 164704