First Italian printed book

De Re Militari, published by Robertus Valturius (Roberto Valturio) was the first Italian book printed by a native publisher. As the title indicates, the subject matter is warfare. This folio edition appeared in 1472 and already represented a fairly high level of quality achieved by Italians in the new craft. Some extant copies of the book have colored illustrations, as it is often the case with incunabulae. The book itself had been written earlier in the 15th century. The printed cuts must have been copied from the drawings in the original manuscript, probably commissioned to Matteo de’ Pasti.

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