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First Book of Architecture by Andrea Palladio Facsimile Edition

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Andrea Palladio (Padua, 30th November 1508 Vicenza, 19th August 1580) is, altogether with Brunelleschi and Bramante, one of the most important theoretical architects of the Renaissance.

In 1570, in Venice, "I quatto libri dell'Architettura" are edited.
Francisco de Praves, architect, King's head of workmanship in Valladolid, translated in 1625, the first book... it is about 5 commands to manufacture and other warnings. He invariably dedicates his translation to the Conde Duque de Olivares.

The copy is a typical one of the Spanish edition of the XVII century. Infolio, it alternates round and italics typescript, it includes xylographic initials, and it offers, as it should be expected in a work of these characteristics, a wide range of prints.

The front cover, engraved, architectural, it includes apart from the royal coat of arms of the man of the inscription, the title frame and author frame and for the footer.

A typical baroque image and very interesting texts on a bad mounting: the worst quality of paper of that time in Spain. 

When overlooking the long history of printing bullas (sealed religious documents) at the Valladolid monastery Nuestra Señora de Prado we encountered Joan Lasso de la Peña in 1608, a member of an important family of printers: Lasso o Laso active in Salamanca, Medina de Campo and Valladolid the last 30 years of the XVI century and first 30 years of XVII century.

He was then employed by Rodrigo Calderón, who was a 'Impresor de bulas' in that monastery. His work as an independent printer took place in Valladolid from 1624 to 1630.
The workshop still appeared active, headed by his wife whose name we do not know, during the years 1632 and 1633.

We have 1 facsimile edition of the manuscript "First Book of Architecture by Andrea Palladio": Libro Primero de la Architectura de Andrea Palladio facsimile edition, published by Vicent Garcia Editores, 2007

Libro Primero de la Architectura de Andrea Palladio

Valencia: Vicent Garcia Editores, 2007

  • Commentary (Spanish)
  • Limited Edition: 3160 copies
  • This facsimile is complete (full-size color reproduction of the whole original document).

Presentation case cloth lined with gold engraved leather spine containing facsimile.

Size with case cm 33 x 23.5 x 2.3.

Binding

Parchment on wooden board.

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