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HONDIUS, Hendrik (1573-1650)
[Architectura bestaende in vyf manieren van edifitien. French. 1628]
L'architectvre, contenant la toscane, doriqve, ioniqve, corinthiaqve, et composee, faict par Henri Hondivs. Avec quelques belles ordonnances d'architecture mises en perspectiue par Iean Vredman frison, avec vne instruction fondamentale, fort vtiles et necessaires pour la fortification et aultres vsages.
Amsterdam: chez Ian Iansson, 1628.
[18] p., engr. t.-pl., [30] engr. pl. ; 31.0 cm. (2°)

First published in 1606, the French translation first published as Les cinq rangs de l'architecture, avec ... quelques belles ordonnances d'architecture, mises en perspective, inventées par J. Vredeman frison, et son fils, 1617. A second Amsterdam edition in French with the same title followed in 1620; the present work with a new title is the third Amsterdam edition of the French translation. Hondius was responsible for the descriptions and plates of the orders; the final [15] plates illustrate the perspective techniques of Vredeman de Vries. There are two plates AA in the Soane copy: the first is signed and dated 'P Vriese Inv 1606'; the second is a reverse copy of the first in outline only with no name or date. BAL, Early printed books, no. 1540.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting plates signed D1 (plate of Tuscan order), and DD. Bought by Soane from W. Boone for 9s. 6d., 13 February 1822 [lot 88]. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.4.8). Inscribed in ink at head of title-page De Berlize Sovb [i.e. soubzsigné?]; and at foot of title-page This I Bought in Paris & Collected the prints there. 1732 and in another hand (?), The Sum total in this book 90 Cutts. The Soane copy has 23 extraneous plates of engraved ornament pasted down on the versos of the Vredeman de Vries plates and the rear pastedown. According to an inscription in ink on the last of these added plates there were once 63 added 'Cutts' and 27 'Architecture' for a total of 90 plates. This is corrected in pencil below: Only 23 added Plates/ 27 Architectural with the date (?) 16/3/70, followed by The same 21/8/05. The front and rear pastedowns have long inscriptions in old French; the front one addressed to Mademoiselle Guiniace [?] ... [7 lines]; the rear one referring to Mr Lauoqua [?] metre des conteps/ Rue neue des petichan [i.e. maítre des comptes, rue neuve des petits champs?] ... and Mor de lafourciere ... [6 lines]. Some of the plates bear notes in French and rough sketches of architectural subjects in ink and pencil. The additional plates, numbered in pencil bottom right, include:
[1--6] Paul Androuet du Cerceau, Panneau dornement servant aux peintres sculpteurs orpheurs et autres, [Paris 1680] (q.v.)
[7] Unidentified plate signed bottom left 'Philip · F · cheualier · jnuen ·'
[8--10] The title-plate of J. B. Toro, Trophées nouvellement inventés, Paris (see Guilmard, p. 116) and two other plates by Toro (pencil numbers 8--10)
[11] A design for a fountain attributed to J. Cousin the younger
[12] Unidentified, unsigned design for a vase with nautilus and sea-creatures
[13--15] The engraved title-plate (= pl. 1) and plates 3 and 8 from Polydoro Caldara da Caravaggio's Vasa ... 1582, [Rome] 1628 (see Berlin Kat. 1130)
[16--23] Eight unidentified circular ornamental designs.

Binding C17th limp vellum, spine ink-lettered 'Architecture de Hondius'.

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