Amsterdam: Georges Gallet for Huguetan, 1681 [but 1691]. Second edition, the first illustrated. 12mo (152 x 95 mm; 6 x 33/4 in.). Title-page printed in red and black. Engraved frontispiece and eleven engraved plates. 18th-century mottled sheep. Leather somewhat peeled and rubbed, losses at ends of spine; two plates with margins renewed, occasional foxing, pale dampstaining and browning. Provenance: William Cholmondeley, 3d Marquess of Cholmondeley, British peer (gift inscription on front free endpaper verso to:) Sir John Thomas Ibbeston Selwin (1789-1869), Bart., then to his son; John Selwin (d. 1869; armorial bookplate). Item #402252
A fine abridgment by Claude Perrault of Vitruvius's treatise. A fine abridgment by Claude Perrault of Vitruvius’s treatise. “The Amsterdam edition attested to the success beyond French borders of this handy ‘manual’ (in-12) intended for practitioners. It would be used as a base for various translations, in particular the English version published in London in 1692 and the Italian version appearing in Venice in 1711” (Frédérique Lemerle et Yves Pauwels, Architetura). Perrault is renowned for his translation of the ten books of Vitruvius, published in 1673, and his treatise on the five classical orders of 1683. He was commissioned, along with Louis Le Vau and Charles Le Brun, by Louis XIV to design the east façade of the Louvre. Though the title is dated 1681, the frontispiece is dated 1691. The list of books for sale by Gallet on three leaves, is here bound after the title; it is sometimes found bound at the end of the work. BAL IV:3540; Cicognara 729; Ebhardt 77; Fowler 420 (“A reprint of the abridged edition of 1674 with reworked plates from the original blocks”); Poleni 119; SKB 1819; Univ Cat II.2079; Vagnetti 63.