9 June 2004
PALLADIO, Andrea (1518-1580). I quattro libri dell' architettura. Venice: Domenico de' Franceschi, 1570.
2o (295 x 208 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 dampstaining at beginning, small ink stain on D4, II1 torn along gutter margin,
affecting image.) Contemporary Italian limp vellum (light staining to
covers, minor wear to lower spine end); red morocco folding case.
FIRST COLLECTED EDITION of one of the most influental books 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; PMM 92.
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