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Rare Books, 1796 Italian Edition in Quarto Opera of Andrea Palladio, illustrated by Scamozzi, 5 Vols.
5 volume scarce and beautiful first Italian Quarto printing of the magnificent "Scamozzi Palladio" with the commentary Ottavio Scamozzi first wrote between 1776 and 1785. Published in Vicenza by Giovanni Rossi, 1796. Palladio's designs and work to this day remain the central pillar of classical architecture and all architecture which followed. ‘Palladio’s lasting influence on architectural style in many parts of the world was exercised less through his actual buildings than through this, his textbook. The book is divided into four sections: orders and elementary problems, domestic building, public building and town planning and temples. Palladio’s style was directly inspired by Roman classical models through the writings of Vitruvius and Alberti. Its characteristics are those of classicism: symmetry, order, fixed mathematical relations of the parts to each other and to the whole, logic and monumentality. Palladio followed the rules of classical Roman architecture more closely than any other architect. In spite of the vogue for the baroque and the fact that Palladio left no immediate successors, his book exerted a powerful influence on contemporary architecture and classical ideals until the end of the eighteenth century. As a practicing architect Palladio worked mainly in Vicenza, Venice and the Venetian countryside, especially along the Brenta River. His Villa Capra (known as La Rotonda) near Vicenza became virtually a prototype of the Palladian style, and it was widely and faithfully copied. At the end of his life he left plans for the tour de force of trompe l’oeil, the Teatro Olimpico in Vicenza, which was finished by his pupil Vincenzo Scamozzi.
The set is in good overall condition, pencil inscriptions on several interior pages, including purchase history from 1931, with minor losses,binding cracks, foxing, and expected wear from age and use. Dimensions: Each volume measures 9 ½” h x 7 ¼” w.
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