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The Architecture of A. Palladio in Four Books containing a Short Treatise on the Five Orders (L'Architecture de A. Palladio en quatre livres... / Il quattro libri dell'architettura)

Author:
Andrea Palladio (Italian, Padua 1508–1580 Vicenza)
Publisher:
Revised and designed and published by James [Giacomo] Leoni (British (born Italy) ca. 1686–1746 London)
Translator:
Nicholas DuBois (ca. 1665–1735)
Engraver:
Bernard Picart (French, Paris 1673–1733 Amsterdam)
Engraver:
Michael Vandergucht (Flemish, Antwerp 1660–1725 London)
Engraver:
John Harris, the elder (British, active 1686–1740)
Printer:
Printed for the author by John Watts (London)
Published in:
London
Date:
1715 [1716–20]
Medium:
Illustrations: etching and engraving
Dimensions:
Book: 17 13/16 × 11 5/8 × 2 3/16 in. (45.3 × 29.5 × 5.5 cm) Sheet: 17 9/16 x 10 1/4 in. (44.6 x 26 cm)
Classifications:
Books, Ornament & Architecture
Credit Line:
Bequest of W. Gedney Beatty, 1941
Accession Number:
41.100.169(1)
Not on view
Palladio's treatise, republished in this lavish two-volume edition by Giacomo Leoni in London (1715) as The Architecture of A. Palladio in Four Books, with refined prints by Bernard Picart and John Harris, greatly influenced the classical idiom typical for eighteenth-century Georgian building style in England. This is evidenced by the building projects and publications of the foremost architects of the period, including Richard Boyle, third earl of Burlington; his protégé the landscape designer William Kent; and the famous author Colen Campbell, whose book Vitruvius Britannicus (1715) became the model for Palladian architecture in England.
William Gedney Beatty (American, 1869–1941); Donor: Bequest of William Gedney Beatty (American, 1869–1941)
BAL, #2391; BM, XL, 141; Brunet IV, 321; ESTC t095463; Fowler, 182-4, #223; Graesse, V, 108; Eileen Harris, British Architctural Books and Writers, 1990. 355-9, #683; Pagan, 24, 88; RIBA, I, 768; SKB, 2598; Univ. Cat., II, 1529; Weinreb, 1, 127
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