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Architectura et perspectiua des fortifications & artifices / de Iaques Perret gentilhomme savoysien.
Wolf Richter for the heirs of Theodor de Bry, Frankfurt am Main 1602 - Fol. [31.1 x 20.5 cm], 60 ff. including (1) ff. engraved title-page and 28 engraved plates, comprised of (13) double, (8)single and (7) folding. Bound in quarter calf with nineteenth century marbled paper boards. Title marginally toned and with repair to upper corner not affecting printed text, faint toning and marginal waterstaining throughout, with a few leaves spotted or thumbed. Small marginal hole in three consecutive leaves not affecting the text. Expert repair to small tear (3 cm) at the head of final plate. Crease in upper corner of last several leaves, top fore-edge of three plates shaved (H, M, O) not affecting any printed surface. Genuine and generally good. Second and enlarged edition of a plate-book on fortification and military architecture, containing 6 more plates than the first edition of 1601, by Jacques Perret, the architect and military engineer to Henry IV of France. The plates are reduced copies of the 22 double-page engravings by Thomas de Leu, after drawings by Perret,that appeared in the first edition. The work also contains 23 ¿annotations¿ by Perret, 6 more than in the first edition, on a total of 36 printed pages. Perret¿s engravings are chiefly of two kinds; roughly half are double-page aerial views of walled city- and fortress-plans, from the familiar pentagonal star-fort designs to more elaborate, and highly detailed, views of walled communities with walls of over 20 triangular sides. The remaining engravings, primarily single-page and folding, comprise exterior views and floor-plans of imagined citadels, cathedrals, palaces and public buildings, usually with a view to creating blueprints ¿for ideal cities based on radial and octagonal grids¿ (Kruft 117). The final two plates are of particular interest: a single page bird¿s-eye view of an eleven-story building, followed by a final folding plate in which the edifice is shown surrounded by an elaborate site plan. These engravings are given special emphasis by Millard: ¿One extraordinary pavilion would seem to have its ultimate source in the fifteenth-century Temple of Virtue and Vice designed by Filarete. It is eleven stories in height, with huge expanses of glazed openings. Its site plan, the last plate in the publication, is a beautiful ornamental geometrical design in the manner of du Cerceau, composed of such elements as gardens, moats, and fortifications that frame the square, towering pavilion.¿ Kruft further characterizes this singular structure as something approaching a Renaissance ¿skyscraper¿: ¿The idea of this high-rise building, dominating the town, must have greatly fascinated Perret; at the end of the treatise he describes and illustrates the building, sited amongst gardens and pavilions, in great detail¿ (117). The numerous differences between the 1601 and 1602 editions of Perret¿s work are best summarized by Émilie d¿Orgiex, of the Paris Institut National d¿Histoire de l¿Art: ¿The second edition of the Fortifications et artifices by Jacques Perret was published simultaneously in 1602 in Germany by Théodore de Bry's widow and his two sons¿ In relation to the first edition (1601) Thomas de Leu's plates and Jacques Perret's text were reset to form a volume made up of twenty-eight plates, instead of twenty-two, and twenty-three commentaries instead of seventeen¿. All the plates taken from the first edition are reversed, cut down from their frames and stamped with letters. The six new plates were set thanks to a redistribution of the figures of the original formatting. Patricia O'Grady and David Booth have attributed the entire series to Jean-Israël and Jean-Théodore de Bry. This is confirmed by the introduction of the German edition of Thédore de Bry's widow.¿ This edition at the Getty only. OCLC 1601: Ticonderoga, Northern NY, Michigan, Princeton, NYPL, Getty, Newberry. * Millard French 139 (1601 ed.), pp. 400-402; Kruft, A History of Architectural Theory from Vitruvius to the Pre [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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