BOOKS ON ARCHITECTURE
edition of the Fortifications et artifices by Jacques Perret
was published simultaneously in 1602 in Germany by Théodore de
Bry's widow and his two sons. These two editions comprised a frontispiece
and an introduction, followed by plates and commentary. In relation
to the first edition (1601) Thomas de Leu's plates and Jacques Perret's
text were reset to form a volume made up of twenty-eight plates, instead
of twenty-two, and twenty-three commentaries instead of seventeen. Only
the order of the first twelve plates respects the original organization.
All the plates taken from the first edition are reversed, cut down from
their frames and stamped with letters. The six new plates were set thanks
to a redistribution of the figures of the original formatting. Patricia
O'Grady and David Booth have attributed the entire series to Jean-Israël
and Jean-Théodore de Bry. This is confirmed by the introduction
of the German edition of Thédore de Bry's widow. The copy in
the Inha library also has an engraving of the château de Caparola,
after Jacques Lemercier's drawing, which was not part of the German
edition of the work.
Émilie d’Orgeix (
Institut national d'histoire de l'art, Paris) – 2007
D. W Booth, Architecture and its Image, Montreal, Éditions du CCA, 1991, p. 183; cat. 19.1, 19.2.
P. M. O’Grady, An investigation into Jacques Perret’s 'Des fortifications et artifices. Architecture et perspective', Ph.D., University of Toronto, 1993.
P. M. O’Grady, "Des Fortifications et artifices. Architecture et Perspective de Jacques Perret, à Paris en 1601", S. Deswarte-Rosa (ed.), Sebastiano Serlio à Lyon. Architecture et imprimerie, Lyon, Mémoire Active, 2004, pp. 472-473.