The Four Books of Architecture (Dover Architecture)

The Second Book deals with private houses and mansions, almost all of Palladio's own design. Each plate gives a front view drawing of the building and the general floor plan.

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The Third Book is concerned with streets, bridges, piazzas, and basilicas, most of which are of ancient Roman origin. In the Fourth Book, Palladio reproduces the designs of a number of ancient Roman temples. Plates 51 to 60 are plans and architectural sketches of the Pantheon. In all, the text is illustrated by over magnificently engraved plates, showing edifices, either of Palladio's own design or reconstructed in these drawings by him from classical ruins and contemporary accounts.

All the original plates are reproduced in this new single-volume edition in full size and in clear, sharp detail. This is a republication of the Isaac Ware English edition of Faithful and accurate in the translation and in its reproduction of the exquisite original engravings, it has long been a rare, sought-after work. This edition makes The Four Books available for the first time in more than years to the English-speaking public. Paperback , pages.

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The Four Books of Architecture

Lists with This Book. Absolute classic for anyone interested in the classical art and architecture. A classic from the Venetian architect of the 16th century. This is a great translation in modern English. Palladio said all architecture should have "Firmness, Commodity, and Delight. Mar 10, Juli Anna rated it liked it Shelves: Aug 01, Shannon rated it it was amazing Shelves: Excellent resource for new "simple rules" for better building design! Oct 27, Luke Krzysztofiak rated it it was amazing.

My personal favorite architect. Mar 29, Ned rated it it was amazing Shelves: I stare at the pictures for hours trying to cement the proportions in my visual memory. Ka La rated it it was ok Jul 06, Mark Nattier rated it really liked it May 08, Lucretius rated it liked it Jul 24, Asmaa Hilal rated it did not like it Feb 01, Mark rated it it was ok Sep 17, Rhona Mccord rated it really liked it Feb 16, Cheeryswede rated it it was amazing Oct 23, Vasile Caraiani rated it really liked it May 15, Becoming an Interior Designer: A Guide to Careers in Design.

Planning and Design Data. Game-changing Tips and Stories for Architects, Engineers, a Coloring Books For Adults Volume 6: Adult Coloring Books Illustrators Alliance. Review Tavernor and Schofield's beautiful edition brings us Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Palladio was not the first to publish a book illustrating principles of classical architecture but he was the most convincing.

Palladio's finely detailed, measured wood cut illustration --reproduced at a slightly smaller scale in this translation--, made the long lost principles of Roman architecture and construction easy to understand. In his Four Books of Architecture of , Andrea Palladio balanced illustrations of ancient Roman construction, that he had drawn from observing ruins, with brief, straightforward practical interpretations of historical descriptions of Roman architectural design and construction from Vitruvius's First Century BC Treatise on Roman And Greek architecture, which had been found a century before in a Swiss monastery.

To this treatise on Roman architecture, Palladio added examples of his own imaginative designs to demonstrate how ancient principles of engineering, planning, construction and decoration could enhance public and private buildings of his day. Palladio's successful Four Books were published and translated many times.

They became one of the most cited references for architects in the West, where they dominated architectural studies until academic training for architects became standard in the 19th century. Variations on Palladio's designs are everywhere. Thomas Jefferson's house, Montecello, is one of the best known examples in the U. Jefferson owned a copy of Palladio's edition of the Four Books. Robert Tavernor and Richard Schofield's well written, carefully annotated scholarly, translation of Palladio's Four Books --the first new English translation since from MIT Press is a pleasure to read for what it reveals much about both great principles and fine detail of classical design and construction practices.

The text explains how Palladio organized rooms in urban palaces as well as how he arranged living, storage and work areas in his rural villas to take advantage of the climate.

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Practical details about construction include building foundations, sizing windows, designing classical columns as well as instructions for to selecting and harvesting timber: Cut trees only in the fall after the sap has run out. Cure the lumber, covered with excrement, under a shelter for two years to prevent rot. The text also details how to quarry, cut and set stone --always in place--, how to prepare cement, mortar and concrete and how to build masonry formed concrete walls, as the Romans did. The reinforced masonry used today is the same in principle as Roman walls.

We have merely modified the pratice in this century with larger hollow bricks, Portland cement and steel reinforcing. It's not possible to understand Roman and modern architectural history in the West or building technology with without studying Palladio. Original editions of Palladio's book are available in a few rare book libraries.

Occasionally a copy turns up in rare book auctions. In the 16th century, Palladio set himself up as the arbiter of function form and good taste in Architecture.

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Who am I to argue? Especially since all I seem to have to offer as 20th century competitors are the disneyesque Geary and Gaudi. Timeless Architectural Elegance will always outlast the comedic, which by neccessity only has a comtempory context. This book is a must have for any architecture student. It is an excellent reference for precedent. I got a lot of use out of it in the first few year of school and still enjoy look through it! Condition was listed as very good, and indeed it is nearly perfect.

It came in a nice strong box. I'would recommend this book to anybody who's searching for something real classical architectural mold or old type building design!


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Palladio was recommended to me as the "go to" source in understanding classical architecture. The first book on the construction of foundations and vocabulary didn't particularly hold my interest, but the terms and concepts were important to his later discussion of the construction of aqueducts and the Pantheon.

The clincher for me, however was the number and variety of plates - almost every third page has an illustration that reinforces and shows the ideas Palladio is discussing. A must-have for serious students of architecture; a recommended read for anyone vacationing in Italy, as the details Palladio shows will enrich the experience. See all 11 reviews. Most recent customer reviews.

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