OSTAUS (GIOVANNI) [La vera perfettione del disegno di varie sorti di ricami, & di cucire di ogni sorte di punti à fogliami, punti tagliati, punti à fili, & rimessi, punti incrociati, punti à stuora, & ogn'altra arte, che dia opera à disegni. E di nuovo aggiuntoni varie sorti di merli, e mostre che al presente sono in uso & in pratica], [Venice, Francesco di Franceschi, 1591 or later?]; sold as a collection of leaves not subject to return
Lot 160
OSTAUS (GIOVANNI)
[La vera perfettione del disegno di varie sorti di ricami, & di cucire di ogni sorte di punti à fogliami, punti tagliati, punti à fili, & rimessi, punti incrociati, punti à stuora, & ogn'altra arte, che dia opera à disegni. E di nuovo aggiuntoni varie sorti di merli, e mostre che al presente sono in uso & in pratica], [Venice, Francesco di Franceschi, 1591 or later?]; sold as a collection of leaves not subject to return
Sold for £625 (US$ 836) inc. premium

Lot Details
OSTAUS (GIOVANNI) [La vera perfettione del disegno di varie sorti di ricami, & di cucire di ogni sorte di punti à fogliami, punti tagliati, punti à fili, & rimessi, punti incrociati, punti à stuora, & ogn'altra arte, che dia opera à disegni. E di nuovo aggiuntoni varie sorti di merli, e mostre che al presente sono in uso & in pratica], [Venice, Francesco di Franceschi, 1591 or later?]; sold as a collection of leaves not subject to return
OSTAUS (GIOVANNI)
[La vera perfettione del disegno di varie sorti di ricami, & di cucire di ogni sorte di punti à fogliami, punti tagliati, punti à fili, & rimessi, punti incrociati, punti à stuora, & ogn'altra arte, che dia opera à disegni. E di nuovo aggiuntoni varie sorti di merli, e mostre che al presente sono in uso & in pratica], collection of loose leaves, comprising: 3 settings of an unadorned letterpress title-page with Franceschi's imprint (2 dated 1591, the other with date amended to 1567), 4 dedicatory leaves, and 41 sheets of woodcut lace designs printed recto and verso (including 10 duplicates or variants, the last 2 with 1567 colophon on reverse), some frayed at edges, a few stained or with tears, 2 or 3 defective, preserved in a wrapper with the 1567 title-page and colophon supplied in manuscript facsimile, with explanatory note in Italian [cf. Berlin Kat. 1625; Lotz Modelbucher 96e], oblong 8vo (150 x 220mm.), [Venice, Francesco di Franceschi, 1591 or later?]; sold as a collection of leaves not subject to return

Footnotes

  • A rare and curious collection of leaves from at least two copies or editions of Ostaus's notable lace design book, including around 54 full-page woodcut designs. They are printed on at least two stocks of paper, comprising 8 unnumbered sheets, 23 sheets with designs numbered VII-XXVI, XXIX-XXXX, XXXXIII-XXXXIIII, LVII-LXII, LXVII-LXVIII, LXXIII-LXXIIII, LXXVIII, and some 10 duplicates or variants. The letterpress title-pages have slightly different settings, with one or two spelling variations and one has only the first 3 lines of the dedication printed on the verso, suggesting that they might be printer's trial sheets, proofs or piracies of some sort. Editions were printed in 1564, 1567 and 1584 and 1591. Only two copies of any edition appear in auction records, both being the 1591 Franceschi edition.

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  • Revised estimate £600-800
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