I Quattro Libri dell'Architettura [The Four Books of Architecture](432 views)
Description: First edition of arguably the most influential architectural book in the Western World, with over 200 woodcut illustrations. PMM 92. "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. Its characteristics are those of classicism: symmetry, order, fixed mathematical relations of the parts to each other and to the whole, logic and monumentality In spite of the vogue for the baroque and the fact that Palladio left no immediate successors, his book exerted a powerful influence on contemporary architecture and classical ideals until the end of the eighteenth century. In England Palladianism became a party label in the world of connoisseurship and England blossomed with buildings in the Palladian styletwo centuries after Palladio had created it. From England the style made its way into Scotland, Ireland and America" (Printing and the Mind of Man 92).?? "The Quattro Libri exerted an astonishing impact on the architects and architecture of the centuries following its publication, and helped make Palladio the most imitated architect of all time" (Wiebenson, Architectural theory and Practice). Palladio's neo-Renaissance followers include Inigo Jones, Christopher Wren, and Thomas Jefferson. In fact, Jefferson's designs for his Monticello estate and the University of Virginia were based on Palladio's Four Books, which Jefferson referred to as his "Bible".?? Venice: Domenico de'Franceschi, 1570. Folio, early (possibly contemporary) Italian vellum. Expert (and likely early) unobtrusive reinforcement to the hinges of the versos of the first two leaves. Two tiny wormholes to first few leaves; a few spots of dampstaining in the first few gatherings; otherwise text exceptionally clean and crisp with unusually wide margins. An outstanding copy in beautiful early Italian vellum.
Artist or Maker: PALLADIO, ANDREA