Paris: Chez Pierre Mariette, 1665. Original edition. Original Vellum. 12 mo ( 4" x 6") pp 89. Over 50 b/w engraved plates. Missing page 78/79. Text in French. Inscribed in pencil by a previous owner in 1955 on front end paper. Very good, some soiling; Pages Very Good. Item #19315
Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola was one of the great Italian architects of 16th century Mannerism, and one of three architects who spread the Italian Renaissance style throughout western Europe. His two great masterpieces are the Villa Farnese at Caprarola and the Jesuits' Church of the Gesu in Rome. This book presented Vignola's system for constructing columns in the 5 classical orders derived from Roman precedents. This volume is in remarkable condition - the drawings still clear and sharp. An extremely scarce and invaluable text. A lovely copy, in original vellum binding.