BOOKS ON ARCHITECTURE
Following up on the French editions of 1601 and 1602, a last edition of Jacques Perret’s book came out in 1620. The revised dedication to the king dated July 1, 1620, indicates the year of publication. The texts are incomplete. Only seven of the eleven annotations indicated from A to L (without the letter J) exist and their alphabetical sequence does not correspond to the one in the first edition. The iconography is just as incomplete with many gaps. The organization of the plates does not depend on any editorial logic. Consulting various copies dated 1620 (the INHA library- Rare book collection Jacques Doucet, Paris ; BnF-Library of the Arsenal, Paris ; the library of the Historical Society of French Protestantism, Paris ; Canadian Center of Architecture, Montreal) reveals great diversity in the copies, none of which is organized in the same way as any other.
Émilie d’Orgeix (Université Michel de Montaigne - Bordeaux 3) – 2012
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.