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Palladio, Andrea

I QUATTRO LIBRI DELL'ARCHITETTURA.

ansB8131

Venetia, Domenico de Francheschi, 1570 (actually Venice, Pasquali, 1768). 34x24. 4 engraved title leaves + II +64+76+44+ II (blank) +132 pp. Includes 217 engravings (158 full-page) besides the engraved titles and a tail-piece on last page. Early 19th-century half calf with decorated spine.

The renowned edition of Palladio's Magnum Opus printed at the Pasquali press in Venice at the initiative and expense of Joseph Smith. The title page provides the impressum of the first edition of 1570, and the contents corresponds with the original in most respects - except that the illustrations (and title leaves) are copper engravings instead of woodcuts. Joseph Smith was a merchant who had settled at the age of eighteen in Venice, where he was appointed British Consul in 1740. He made a reputation as a collector of drawings, pictures, books and manuscripts, a patron of artists, and a passionate Palladian. In 1729 he prepared an edition of Boccaccio's Decamerone - so nearly an exact reproduction of the rare 1527 edition that only those acquainted with the minute differences can distinguish the copy from the original. The 1768 Palladio, however, was obviously not intended as a facsimile - rather, it is the attempt of an 18th-century Palladian to reprint the editio princeps with the possibilities of modern printing techniques, thus presenting Palladio's drawings with a clarity, sharpness and elegance much superior to the crude woodcuts of the original. Berlin cat. 2593.

55 000 SEK

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