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Extraordinario libro di Architettura di Sebastiano Serlio, Architetti del re Christianissimo: Nel quale si dimostrano trenta porte di opera Rustica mista con diuersi ordini: Et venti di opera dilicata di diuerse specie con la scrittura dauanti, che narra il tutto
Lyons: Giovan di Tournes, 1551. Hardcover. Very Good. Folio (400 x 280mm). 62 leaves. Signatures: A6, A6, [50 plates]. Title printed in large roman print with printer’s device of Tournes (encircled snake) and Latin motto Quod tibi fieri non vis, alteri ne feceris. 50 full-page copper engraved plates of portals (30 rustic) (20 refined). Descriptions of plates are separately titled. French text in roman and italic. Two eight-line criblĂ© initials at openings, and seven and six-line historiated initials. Late nineteenth-century three-quarter vellum over decorative boards, endpapers renewed; (some plates with crude marginal repairs and light browning or stains, otherwise complete and in order). Late nineteenth-century armorial bookplate of Charles Alexander, Baron de Cosson (1846-1929) to front pastedown. Baron de Cosson was born in Durham to a French family, where his interest in antiquities flourished from an early age. Cosson grew to be an eminent collector, notably of armor. This copy sold by Francis Edwards booksellers to James van der Pool of the Avery Architecture Library (Columbia) in 1952, receipts laid-in. The “Extraordinary Book of Doors” was Sebastiano Serlio’s last book he saw through to publication; he died just three years later. The “Extraordinary Book of Doors” was written as an appendix to his major practical treatise on architecture, the Tutte l’Opere d’Architettura et Prospectiva, whose seven parts were published individually from 1537 to 1575 and later collected in a single volume, issued in 1584. This work on portals, while little-known in its day, showcased fifty examples of gates, both rustic and refined, as pieces of domestic architecture. Serlio illustrated the portals as large plates without text so as to best demonstrate their design. The “Extraordinary Book of Doors” was sometimes included as Book VI in the Architettura series, but it was always unnumbered by Serlio and was intended as a supplemental model book. The illustrations are notable as they show the first hints of the emerging Mannerist style in Italian architectural design. The “Extraordinary Book of Doors” was Sebastiano Serlio’s last book he saw through to publication; he died just three years later. The “Extraordinary Book of Doors” was written as an appendix to his major practical treatise on architecture, the Tutte l’Opere d’Architettura et Prospectiva, whose seven parts were published individually from 1537 to 1575 and later collected in a single volume, issued in 1584. This work on portals, while little-known in its day, showcased fifty examples of gates, both rustic and refined, as pieces of domestic architecture. Serlio illustrated the portals as large plates without text so as to best demonstrate their design. The “Extraordinary Book of Doors” was sometimes included as Book VI in the Architettura series, but it was always unnumbered by Serlio and was intended as a supplemental model book. The illustrations are notable as they show the first hints of the emerging Mannerist style in Italian architectural design.
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