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MILIZIA,, Francesco (1725--1798)
[Principi di architettura civile. 1785]
Principj di architettura civile. ...
Bassano, a spese Remondini di Venezia,, 1785.
3 vols ; 20.5 cm. (8º)
I: XVI, 381, [1] p.
II: 443, [1] p.
III: 382 p., 8 fold. pl.

First published in Finale in 1781 in 3 quarto volumes without plates. The 1785 Bassano edition is the first to include plates in tome III, which in the Soane copy are misbound in tome I. Soane also owned the 1813 edition (q.v.). Milizia's three-volume Principi, dealing respectively with beauty, convenience and solidity, the three essential requirements of all architecture, was his main theoretical work. For a discussion of the treatise see the articles on Milizia by E. Arntzen in D. Wiebenson ed., Architectural theory and practice from Alberti to Ledoux (Chicago, 1983), II-40 and by W. Oechslin in Macmillan encyclopedia of architects (1982).

Copy Notes Front free-endpaper of tome I inscribed on the verso in pencil 15/. One of Soane's two copies of the Principi, sold at Christie's, was bought from T. Boone for 1 guinea on 19 April 1826. (Spiers Box).

Binding C18th tree calf, gilt roll-tool borders, gilt-tooled spines with urn motif and pentaglyph and merope roll-tool. Uniformly bound with the copy of the author's two-volume Memorie degli architetti antichi e moderni, 1785 (q.v.) but with the volume labels in a different spine compartment.

Reference Number 2786

Additional Names T.$Boone

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