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Stampa Archiepiscopale, Milano 1661 - Architecture; Geometry; woodcuts, Engravings; Folio 13" - 23" tal; (xii) 406 (vi) pages; {Architettura Civile Demostrativemente Proportionata et Accresciuta di Nuove Regole. } Plain vellum, probably original, backed with plain paper, later hand-lettered spine title. This book has been restored and conserved by David Donahue of Philadelphia. This consisted primarily of rebacking. A detailed Treatment Report from him is included. Custom made titled clamshell case [Fine]. Pages, complete with elaborate engraved extra allegorical title but lacking frontis engraved portrait, losses to front free blank leaf, text with several hundred geometricals worked into the text plus scattered engraved decorations and some textural plates. Text quite solid and clean, brief aging, several leaves folded at fore-edge margin to incorporate engraved designs which extend into margins. Berlin Katalog 589. Riccardi II, 222. Graesse V, 58. Not in Fowler and many other standard references. Quite scarce contemporary publication of Osio's simplified method for the construction of the orders of architecture through angles alone, without arithmetic divisions and without modules. Initially published in Milan in 1641 (of the greatest scarcity). In fact, any early editions are excessively difficult to encounter, for Osio represents a Neanderthal line of architectural reasoning. He was a principal source for the writings of Guarini, but his approach ultimately proved to be unproductive as architecture developed according to strict measured drawings based upon mathematics and other sciences. Imagine the Hoover Dam built in the method of the pyramids, with someone standing on an adjacent hill and giving instructions based on what he saw instead of relying on the physics of poured concrete, knowledge of the pressure of water, and an understanding of the geological features. WorldCat locates but 6 copies. AE locates none at auction. Architecture -- Architectural drawing. Architecture -- Domestic. Drawing -- TechniqueArchitectural orders. Geometry and geometrical drawing. Drawing -- Technique -- Materials. Proportion. Treatises , watermark (anchor? ) ; printed marginalia ; ill. Engravings and woodcuts ; woodcut decorated initials and ornaments ; engraved frontispiece with title. ; 0 [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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