Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola : Jacques de Barozzio de Vignole - Reigles des cinq ordres d'architecture. - 1563
An extremely rare first edition of this work.
Modern half leather binding with corners. Title label on the spine. Marbled endpapers.
The plates, frayed on the bottom left, have been taped and restored. The result is a clean finish (see photos).
Complete of the 42 engraved plates.
Recent hand drawings were added at the end of the book.
This book was once in the library of stonemasons, carpenters, cabinetmakers, architects and contractors. They used it as a model to create the facades of buildings, to decorate the capitals of pillars and to give style to all of their creations.
Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian or composite, Vignole, the famous Italian architect of the 16th century, made the five orders of architecture inherited from Antiquity accessible to all. This was the minimum architectural knowledge of any "honest man" of the past and also, in the 18th and 19th centuries, of any Freemason wishing to understand the symbolism of the Companion grade where the theory of orders occupies a central place.