ALBERTI, Leon Battista (1404-1472) - I dieci libri de l'architettura. Venice: Vincenzo Vaugis, 1546. First edition in Italian, and the only edition of this first Italian translation, by Pietro Lauro. "One of the most brilliant dilettantes that has ever lived, Leon Battista Alberti had a great visual capacity, a strong sense of beauty, and passionately believed that human dignity resides entirely in work" (Millard). 8vo (148 x 100mm). Printer's device on title and at end, woodcut initials (title substitute with a contemporary fine manuscript copy, without blank 2*4 - maybe used as title - some light waterstaining and few small holes). Contemporary vellum, manuscript title on spine and on top edge. Provenance: "Antonio Torris figlio del Sig. Torri, 1660" (ownership note on final leaf).