1552 Vitruvius De Architectura Roman Architecture Engineering Woodcut Engraving

VITRUVIUS, Marcus Pollionis

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Vitruvius was a 1st-century Roman architect and engineer who published an important, early work on architecture. ‘De Architectura’ was dedicated to Emperor Augustus and in it he justified many of the needed repairs and improvements to the emperor’s buildings. This work is the only surviving work on architecture from classical antiquity and had a significant influence on Renaissance figures such as Michelangelo and da Vinci. (Liukkonen).

 

The Vitruvian virtues were first established in this book – qualities that must be found building a structure. However, Vitruvius discussed more than just aspects of physical buildings. He outlined the proportions of human anatomy and how the parts make up the whole, just like they would in the construction of a building. He also notes important figures of whom he considered to be the most scholarly individuals in the world such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Democritus, Alexander the Great, and Ptolemy.

 

This 1552 first edition was the first published by de Tournes and features the notes and commentary of Guillaume Philander. It also features over 75 incredible, in-text woodcut engravings illustrating columns, building facades, sculptures, and dome construction.

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1552 Vitruvius De Architectura Roman Architecture Engineering Woodcut Engraving

 

Vitruvius was a 1st-century Roman architect and engineer who published an important, early work on architecture. ‘De Architectura’ was dedicated to Emperor Augustus and in it he justified many of the needed repairs and improvements to the emperor’s buildings. This work is the only surviving work on architecture from classical antiquity and had a significant influence on Renaissance figures such as Michelangelo and da Vinci. (Liukkonen).

 

The Vitruvian virtues were first established in this book – qualities that must be found building a structure. However, Vitruvius discussed more than just aspects of physical buildings. He outlined the proportions of human anatomy and how the parts make up the whole, just like they would in the construction of a building. He also notes important figures of whom he considered to be the most scholarly individuals in the world such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Democritus, Alexander the Great, and Ptolemy.

 

This 1552 first edition was the first published by de Tournes and features the notes and commentary of Guillaume Philander. It also features over 75 incredible, in-text woodcut engravings illustrating columns, building facades, sculptures, and dome construction.

 

Item number: #4069

Price: $2500

 

VITRUVIUS, Marcus Pollionis

 

  1. Vitruvii Pollionis De architectura libri decem : omnibus omnium editionibus longe emendatiores, collatis veteribus exemplis

 

Lugduni : Tornaesius, 1552.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • [16], 447, [55]
    • Signatures: A4 A4 a-z4 A-Z4 aa-rr4
    • Filled with in-text woodcut engravings
  • References: USTC 151050; Pettegree 90885; Liukkonen, Books and Writers; Berlin Catal. 1813; Cicognara 712; Adams V 908
  • Language: Latin
  • Binding: Vellum; tight & secure
  • Size: ~8.75in X 6in (22.5cm x 15cm)
  • Exceedingly rare with only one other example for sale worldwide at over $5,000

 

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4069

Category

Arts & Architecture

Authors

VITRUVIUS, Marcus Pollionis

Printing Date

16th Century

Language

Latin

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete