Vitruvius and Claude Perrault - Les dix Livres D'Architecture de Vitruve - Ten Books on Architecture - First French Edition - 1673

Vitruvius and Claude Perrault - Les dix Livres D'Architecture de Vitruve - Ten Books on Architecture - First French Edition - 1673
Architektur, Geschichte, Illustriert, Mathematik, Militärgeschichte, Technik - Anzahl: 1 - Buch

VITRUVIUS, The Ten Books on Architecture (De Architectura), by Claude Perrault, 1673, 65 illustrations in FOLIO. RARE FIRST EDITION, in fine condition, ILLUSTRATED AND COMPLETE. One of the most beautiful 17th century book ever published on architecture.

First French edition and one of the cornerstone of French Architecture in XVII century. Composed by the Roman engineer and architect Vitruvius, considered the most famous architectural theorist of all time and a contemporary of the Emperor Augustus. The "De Architectura" is the only architectural treatise from antiquity that has been preserved to us almost entirely. Detailing the principles of Hellenistic and Roman architecture, it also offers a vast panorama of ancient techniques and styles (Doric, Ionic and Corinthian), from hydraulic works to the construction of weapons and war machines. Claude Perrault scientist and architect, was a leading figure in Louis XIV building projects (facade of the Louvre, the Observatory, church of St-Benoît-le-Bétourné, church of Ste-Geneviève etc, all in Paris).

Title: "Les dix Livres D'Architecture de Vitruve corrigez et traduits nouvellement en Francois, avec des notes et des figures..." (The Vitruvius' Ten Books on Architecture). Publisher: Jean Baptiste Coignard, Paris MDCLXXIII (June 12, 1673).

Size: Height 44.8 x Width 30.0 cm (17.6 by 11.8 inches).
Description: Folio, 1 blank leaf, frontispiece, title, + 8 unnumbered leaves for dedicatory and preface + 325 pages + 8 unnumbered leaves for index, date and royal privilege + 1 blank leaf. Illustrated with 65 plates many double page and single page, and fine engravings showing the monuments, plans, columns, profiles etc that illustrate this work. Dozens illustrations in the text. The frontispiece is a beautiful etching done by Sébastien Leclerc and engraved by Gérard Jean-Baptiste Scotin. The other illustrators are G. Tournier, G. Edelinck, J. Grignon, E. Gantrel, and N. Pitau. French text. The engraving work, of great finesse, shows great detail in the illustrations and excellent contrast and sharpness. Pages and plates are clean, occasional light spotting and browning. Strong and heavy watermarked paper. Nice modern red hardcover, with marble boards, spine with raised bands with gilt author/title/publisher/year panels and gilt floral decorations in the remaining panels. The hardcover is solid, firm, clean and in perfect condition. This is a fine book, a bright copy beautifully illustrated and bound.

References: Brunet V:1329; Graesse VI 378; Cicognara 727; Fowler 326-418; RIBA 3512; Poleni, 115-117; Musées de papier. L’Antiquité en livres, 1600-1800, pp. 116-117; Olivier, 2498, fer n° 10.

Author: Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (circa 80–70 BC - after 15 BC), commonly known as Vitruvius or Vitruvio, was a Roman author, architect, civil engineer and military engineer during the 1st century BC, known for his multi-volume work entitled "De Architectura", known today as The Ten Books On Architecture (which Vitruvius dedicated to Emperor Augustus). This text influenced deeply many artists, thinkers, and architects, among them Leon Battista Alberti (1404–1472), Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), Michelangelo (1475–1564) and Andrea Palladio (1508–1580). According to Vitruvius, architecture is an imitation of nature. As birds and bees built their nests, so humans constructed housing from natural materials, that gave them shelter against the elements. This led Vitruvius in defining his Vitruvian Man, as drawn later by Leonardo da Vinci: the human body inscribed in the circle and the square (the fundamental geometric patterns of the cosmic order).

Author: Claude Perrault (1613–1688) was a French architect, best known for his participation in the design of the east façade of the Louvre in Paris. Perrault also built an Observatory, the church of St-Benoît-le-Bétourné, designed a new church of Ste-Geneviève, and erected an altar in the Church of the Little Fathers, all in Paris. He also achieved success as a physician and anatomist, and as an author, who wrote treatises on physics and natural history. Aside from his influential architecture, he became well known for this translation of the ten books of Vitruvius, the only surviving Roman work on architecture, into French. As physician and natural philosopher with a medical degree from the University of Paris, Perrault became one of the first members of the French Academy of Sciences when it was founded in 1666.

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Anzahl der Bücher
Architektur, Geschichte, Illustriert, Mathematik, Militärgeschichte, Technik
Autor/ Illustrator
Vitruvius and Claude Perrault
Les dix Livres D'Architecture de Vitruve - Ten Books on Architecture - First French Edition
Erscheinungsjahr (ältestes Objekt)
Jean Baptiste Coignard
Gebundene Ausgabe
Anzahl der Seiten
44.8×30 cm
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