2 parts in one volume: IV, 35 total pp. text in both Italian and French containing detailed descriptions of unbuilt designs by Andrea Palladio in the cities of Padova and Vicenza, including several public palaces, private homes, a monastery, a university, a church, a casino, an Olympic theater, a triumphal column, a sepulcher, and even a home for Palladio himself, followed by 61 exquisite engraved plates showing building façades, floor plans, elevations, and architectural details, (6 folding). One plate with small tear to margin which does not enter into image, impressions clean and bright, some minor foxing and staining to endpapers. Folio. Boards, some minor rubbing and abrasions to extremities. Venice (George Fossati) 1760.
Andrea Palladio is famous for his landmark architectural designs in the Veneto area of Italy, influenced by Roman and Greek architecture and primarily by Vesuvius, and is widely recognized as one of the most influential architects in the history of Western architecture. He developed three main types of palazzi, and also established an influential new building prototype for the agricultural villas of the aristocracy. This volume interestingly contains designs for a handful of projects which were never completed. An extremely scarce and beautiful work; as of December 2017, WorldCat locates only two institutional holdings of this volume in North America. Book ID: 48778