Paris: Chez Jean, Rue de Beauvais, ca. 1775.
Scarce and early edition of what has been called ìone of the most successful architectural textbooks ever written,î originally produced by Jacques Barozzio de Vignole in 1562. Our copy beautifully preserved in a contemporary brown tree-calf binding with leather label on spine which has gilt lettering and ornaments. Original pagination with superb contemporary inscription on front fly (6 lines) dated 1813. Complete, with the 58 individually numbered etched plates superbly illustrating various aspects of five orders of architecture, namely: Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, and composite. All plates clean and bright with very minimal foxing on just a few pages, but at the perimeter (minimal). A near fine copy of a wonderfully illustrated classic. With manuscript inscription dated 1813. Pencil inscription at base of etched frontispiece stating, ì1735,î however this was printed more likely 1770-1780. Housed in clamshell cloth case.
Price: $1,250.00 Item #6213