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Architecture of A. Palladio in Four Books - PALLADIO Andrea LEONI Giacomo - 1742. 
1742 - PALLADIO, Andrea. The Architecture of A. Palladio; In Four Books. Containing A Short Treatise of the Five Orders, and the most necessary Observations concerning all Sorts of Building". Revis'd, Design'd, and Publish'd by Giacomo Leoni". Translated from the Italian Original. With Notes and Remarks of Inigo Jones. London: Printed for A. Ward, S. Birt, D. Browne, C. Davis, T. Osborne, and A. Millar, 1742. Two volumes. Tall folio (12 by 18 inches), contemporary full brown calf, raised bands, red morocco spine labels. $16,000.Third edition in English of Palladio's enormously important treatise on architecture""the first edition to appear with Inigo Jones' notes and commentary""with copper-engraved allegorical frontispiece, portrait of Palladio by Picart and 230 magnificent folio copper-engraved architectural plates on 207 sheets (15 double-page)."The career and book of Andrea Palladio summarize well the goal of the Renaissance architect""the creation of ordered and balanced architecture that might serve as an example for subsequent architects". His Quattro Libri presented plans and elevations of his best work around Vicenza, as well as restorations of some of the major Roman ruins. Of all architectural books except that of Vitruvius, Palladio's has had the greatest continuing impact" (Elements of Architecture, 113). "In spite of the vogue for the baroque". Palladio's book exerted a powerful influence on contemporary architecture and classical ideals until the end of the 18th century. In England this was due in the first place to his enthusiastic follower Inigo Jones" (PMM, 55-57). The first part of Palladio had been translated into English in the 1600s, but the complete work did not appear until 1715 when Giacomo Leoni's edition in English was first published""this was the edition that ignited the great Palladian revival in England and its American colonies. Jefferson owned several editions""including a copy of this third Leoni edition""and incorporated Palladio's designs and theories into his design of Monticello. While the title page of Volume I of the 1715 first edition promises the addition of "several Notes and Observations made by Inigo Jones," a legal dispute with the owner of Jones' notes prevented Leoni from actually including them in the first edition, or in the 1721 second edition. By 1742, however, Leoni had obtained permission, and included Jones' commentary for the first time in this third edition, along with Palladio's Antiquities of Rome and Discourse on the Fires of the Ancients, translated into English here for the first time. Includes essays on building materials, the classical orders and decorative ornaments, Palladio's own designs and his reconstructions of Greek and Roman designs, plans for ancient towns, bridges, highways, and basilicas, and plans for the reconstruction of early Roman temples. Sowerby, Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson 4174. Harris 685. Plates bright and crisp, two plates with marginal closed tears neatly repaired on verso (Book 2, plate 51; Book 4, plate 103). Expert restoration to handsome full contemporary calf. An exceptionally tall copy in about-fine condition. [Attributes: First Edition]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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