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    Sale 2400 | Lot 154
    Price Realized: $3,120With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2400 Lot 154

      LEONARDO DA VINCI. Traitté de la Peinture. Donne au public et traduit d'italien en françois par R[oland] F[reart] S[ieur] D[e] C[hambray]. Engraved portrait, title-page device, 2 headpieces, 56 engravings in text, some after drawings by Nicolas Poussin and designs by Alberti, some shadows and backgrounds added by Charles Errard and others, and engraved by René Lochon. 375x265 mm; 14 3/4x10 1/4 inches. Folio, rebound in modern blue buckram with gilt-lettered black calf spine label; lacks endpapers, dampstaining to lower outer corners of contents, last corner with 2-inch chip, scattered moderate toning and foxing, especially portrait, also with light chipping and creasing along very edges. Paris: Jacques Langlois, 1651

      Estimate $3,000 - 4,000

      first edition of leonardo's masterly treatise on painting and the first reproduction of the mona lisa, (a detail of her head and shoulders. page 94). This widely disseminated work explained the master's theory of art as a geometrical science and direct observation of nature. It is a French, rather than an Italian publication, as the writings were first compiled by Leonardo's pupil, Francesco Melzi, who had inherited all his master's manuscripts and compiled them into the manuscript known as the Codex Urbinas 1270 around 1530 and this became the source for the 1651 publication. Italian editions followed and both use the same set of plates. Brunet V, 1258; Steinitz 22.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $3,120