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PALLADIO, Andrea (1508--1580)
[Quattro libri dell'architettura. 1570]
I qvattro libri dell'architettvra di Andrea Palladio. Ne' quali, dopo un breue trattato de' cinque ordini, & di quelli auertimenti, che sono piu necessarij nel fabricare; si tratta delle case private, delle vie, de i ponti, delle piazze, de i xisti, et de' tempij. Con privilegi.
In Venetia appresso Dominico de' Franceschi, 1570.
4 pts in 1 vol. : wdcut. illus. ; 29.7cm. (2°)
I: 67, [1] p.
II: 66 [i.e. 78], [2] p.
III: 46, [2] p.
IV: 128, [8] p.

This is the first edition of the four books together as one volume. The work was also published by Domenico de Franceschi in the same year as two separate volumes: I due libri dell'architettura which became books I--II, and I due primi libri dell'antichità which became books III--IV. The woodcuts are by Giovanni and Cristoforo Chrieger, Cristoforo Coriolano and others. Copies of the 1581 (q.v.) and 1642 (q.v.) editions, using the same woodcuts, are also in Soane's library. In book II page 78 is misnumbered 66. The final leaf of book IV is a blank, often excised. For a detailed history and full listing of the illustrations, see BAL, Early printed books, no. 2383. Fowler 212; C.I.S.A. Andrea Palladio, La raccolta palladiana Guglielmo Cappelletti del Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio di Vicenza (Vicenza 2001), no. 105.

Copy Notes Without the final blank. Inscribed in ink on front pastedown Venet./ Scamozzi 3 Vol. 1615 and with several numbers and calculations as well as two library shelfmarks in early hands; traces of an earlier engraved bookplate of which only the text '[I]nsignia' can be read bottom left. Front free-endpaper inscribed in ink 0:15:0/ John Soane/ 1804 with another inscription scribbled over, and price in pencil 1- 5-. Rear free-endpaper with two pencil sketches of plans (one on recto, one on verso, both previous to Soane) and an earlier inscription in ink on the verso Most of the Antiquitys of Rome destroyed by the/ Popes in their quarrels with the People, or the Emperours of/ Germany; rear paste-down in a different hand un Cimento per le [--ume?] Cotta/ della Cera Gialla, piece Greca e matton[----?]/ [------?] caldo, and two bookseller's codes in pencil. The final page of book II with compass and rule proportional exercise in pencil. Some woodcuts annotated in red chalk in an Italian hand.

Binding C16th vellum, spine labelled in ink 'Archit. del Palladio' and in a later hand 'Venice 1570'. The binding refurbished by Josiah Taylor, 23 November 1804. (Priv. Corr.XVI.E.1).

Reference Number 2945


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