5 December 2008
PALLADIO, Andrea (1518-1580). I quattro libri dell' architettura. Venice: Domenico de' Franceschi, 1570.
2o (296 x 209 mm). Title and three section titles, each within woodcut architectural border, printer's device on colophon. Numerous woodcut illustrations by Giovanni and Cristoforo Chrieger, Cristoforo Coriolano and others, some full or double-page. (Some minor mostly marginal staining, FFFF2 with short mended marginal tear.) Late 19th-century mottled calf (some light rubbing to edges). Provenance: old ink stamp on title.
FIRST COLLECTED EDITION with fine impressions of the plates. The most influential book on architecture. "Palladio's lasting influence on architectural style in many parts of the world was exercised less through his actual buildings than through his textbook. This is divided into four sections: orders and elementary problems, domestic building, public building and town planning and temples. Palladio's style was directly inspired by Roman classical models through the writings of Vitruvius and Alberti" (PMM). Palladio's influence in the United States can be seen in Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Jefferson's designs for the University of Virginia, numerous governmental buildings and mansions. Adams P-101; Berlin Kat. 2592; Brunet IV:320; Cicognara 594; Fowler 212; Harvard/Mortimer Italian 352; Millard Italian 65; PMM 92.
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