5 December 2008
PALLADIO, Andrea. The Four Books of Architecture. Translated by Isaac Ware. London: Isaac Ware, .
4 parts in one volume, 2o (414 x 265 mm). 4 engraved title-pages, 212 engraved plates (205 full-page), and engraved head- and tail-pieces after William Kent (some occasional spotting, plate 8 in book 3 with tear and some loss to image). (Index of terms bound after preface, lacking two leaves after the dedication containing the list of subscribers, some occasional soiling.) Contemporary speckled calf (rebacked, a few repairs to covers).
FIRST AND ONLY EDITION of Ware's translation, made from the original 1570 Italian edition. The first English translation of The Four Books was completed in 1715 by Nicholas DuBois and revised by Giacomo Leoni in 1721 with numerous changes to Palladio's original designs. Ware distinguishes his own translation in the "Advertisement": "To do justice to Palladio, and to perpetuate his most valuable remains amongst us, are the principal inducements to my undertaking so great and laborious a work; in executing of which, I have strictly kept to his proportions and measures, by exactly tracing all the plates from his originals, and engraved them with my own hands" Fowler 229.
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