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    With 101 Engraved Architectural Plates from the Middle Eighteenth Century

    Andrea Palladio. Architettura di Andrea Palladio Vicentino di Nuovo Restampata, E di Figure in Rame diligentemente intagliate arricchita, correta, e accresciuta di moltissime Fabbriche inedite; Con Le Osservazioni Dell'Architetto N.N. E Con La Traduzione Francese. Tomo Quarto [Sesto, Settimo]. Venice: Pasinelli, 1743-1747.

    Three of eight folio volumes (17.25 x 12 inches; 433 x 235 mm). [4, titles], [4, dedication], viii, 38; [4, titles], [2, dedication], 47, [1, blank]; [4, titles], 43, [1, blank] pages. Each volume with one title page in Italian and one in French (printed in red and black, each with engraved vignettes by Francesco Zucchi after Francesco Fontebasso). Engraved head- and tailpieces, woodcut and engraved initials, text in Italian and French in parallel columns. With 101 engraved plates, thirteen of which are folding.

    Contemporary full vellum, smooth spines lettered and tooled in gilt and stained in imitation of labels, edges sprinkled red. Twentieth-century engraved bookplate of noted Swiss architect and author Hans Schmidt affixed to front pastedowns. Some occasional light foxing, primarily to endpapers and outer margins. Boards and spines somewhat soiled and stained. Some rubbing to board edges and corners, just barely exposing pasteboards in a few instances. Head- and tailcaps rubbed; headcap of Book IV perished. Boards bowed significantly. Overall, very good copies of these volumes, with notably clean and bright plates.

    A rare and beautiful work, volumes from this edition have come up just three times at auction in the last two decades.

    One of the earliest surveys of Palladio, edited by architect-scholar Francesco Muttoni, with stunning architectural engravings by Francesco Zucchi and Giorgio Fossati. The volumes here include a description of the buildings in Venice attributed by Muttoni to Palladio; and Book III and Book IV, part I of Palladio's Four Books of Architecture.

    Palladio (1508-1580), one of the few architects of the early Renaissance to be trained as a builder, was recognized by the great Italian architect and scholar Trissino and adopted as his protégé. For two years Palladio studied in Rome and in 1570 published his Quattro Libri, which "deals with every aspect of architecture from proportions to town-planning, the whole imbued with the gravitas that Palladio had derived from his study of ancient Rome ... No architecture book has ever had wider influence, more especially in England. It was swiftly translated into other languages and went through numerous editions. There can be no major city in Europe that does not contain a building influenced by Palladio, and there are a great many more in America" (Great Books and Book Collectors, 175).

    "Of all architectural books except that of Vitruvius, Palladio's has had the greatest continuing impact" (Roth, 113)

    Brunet IV, 321. Fowler 230.


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