Thursday, January 22, 2009

Arcitectural Treatises

Today we visited the Rare Books room of the architecture library and spent about three hours pouring over the newly acquired first editions of Palladio's Quattro Libri De Architectura and Stuart and Revett's Antiquities of Athens.

First edition Palladio rebound in vellum:

First edition Stuart and Revett:

Professor Thomas Gordon Smith with the Quattro Libri:
Frontispiece to the second book:

Professor Thomas Gordon Smith with The Antiquities of Athens:

It was interesting to note Benjamin Franklin's name as a subscriber in the front of Antiquities of Athens. Did a copy of the book make it to America before the revolution?