"An Important Renaissance Work on the Five Orders of Architecture"
SERLIO, Sebastiano. Regole Generali di Architettura di Sabastiano Serlio Bolognese; sopra le cinqve maniere de gli edifici: cioè, thoscano, dorico, ionico, corinthio, e composito ; con gli essempi dell'antichità, che per la maggior parte concordano con la dottrina di Vitruuio. Venice: Francesco Marcolini da Forli , 1540 [but 1541].
Second edition, corrected from the original edition of 1537. Small folio (13 x 9 inches; 329 x 229 mm). 76 leaves. Title-page and colophon within woodcut borders. With over 55 full page and 30 half-page woodcuts, as well as numerous small ones all in the text.

Full modern calf, bound to style with cat paw calf and boards stamped in blind. Spine lettered in gilt. Newer endpapers. Some very light occasional foxing and staining. But generally extremely clean internally. Housed in a yellow cloth slipcase. Overall very good.

"An important Renaissance work on the five orders of architecture, being book 4 of 8 books written by Serlio, covering architecture and perspective. Only 5 of the 8 books were published during Serlio's lifetime" (Bonhams).

"At a time when the illustration of printed architecture books was still in an early stage of development, Sebastiano Serlio started work on a series of books in which the illustrations would be just as important as the text. The fact that he conceived his books as forming a series all together is clear from the fact that he gave his publications a numerical order, which differs from the order in which they were published. The first book to be published in 1537, the General Rules of Architecture, was conceived as the fourth part within the series. In this book, Serlio describes the five different architectural orders in which to build (Tuscan, Doric, Ionic, Corinthian and Composite) and explains which types of materials and ornaments can be used within each order. The last pages of the book are devoted to other elements which an architect should take into account when designing a house: ceilings, gardens and coats arms. On these two relating pages he presents four different designs for wooden ceilings: on the left side he shows the layout of the wooden structure, and on the right he shows a close-up detail of the same ceiling with painted decorations." (The Met dot com).

HBS # 68724 $2,750

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