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    Perrault's First French Edition of Vitruvius
    with Sixty-five Engraved Plates and Numerous Illustrations

    Marcus Vitruvius Pollio. [Claude Perrault, translator]. Les Dix Livres D'Architecture de Vitruve, corrigez et traduits nouvellement en Français, avec des notes & des figures. Paris: Jean Baptiste Coignard, 1673. First edition. Large folio. [20], 325, [17] pages. Text in French. Engraved frontispiece by S. LeClerc, sixty-five engraved plates, most single page and some double; multiple in text diagrams, drawings, and plans; engraved image of Augustus Caesar in large decorated first initial on page 1. Contemporary calf, spine with six raised bands, gilt title and decorations in compartments. Boards and spine heavily worn, loss of leather, front and rear joints split, hinges cracked, covers holding to cords, holograph pen gift inscriptions and small notes on front endpapers, holograph line designs on rear endpapers, endpapers chipped, ink mark on lower margin of 19, small holes in lower margin of Oo1, not affecting text, soiling in margins of page 274 and 275, dampstains in margins, light off-set and/or bleedthrough on pages from engravings, some light foxing and page browning, occasional minor soiling or smudges. Otherwise, a fair copy, suitable for rebinding.
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    "Claude Perrault's 1673 edition of Vitruvius was innovative on a number of levels. Aside from the quality of the translation, the commentary was distinguished by very modern editorial values, in particular its transparency. The text is supported by extensive footnotes, which serve not only to clarify the Latin original but also to explain the rationale for the choices made in rendering it into French. It is there that Perrault showcased his scholarship, measuring his translation against those of previous interpreters and corroborating his decisions with reference to other classical sources. Indeed, Perrault pushed this quality of editorial transparency to unprecedented lengths. Unusually for an editor and translator, he often took it upon himself to confront Vitruvius directly, sometimes objecting to the author's advice or even dismissing it altogether. In the latter cases, Perrault used the footnotes to propound his own opinions about architecture, in effect, offering himself as a competing and equally valid authority."

     - Gerbino, A 2014. Were Early Modern Architects Neoplatonists? The Case of François Blondel.Architectural Histories 2(1):9, DOI:

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