BOOKS ON ARCHITECTURE



Author(s)

Vitruve
Martin, Jean
Goujon, Jean

Title Architecture, ou art de bien bastir...
Imprint Paris, J. Marnef & G. Cavellat, 1572
Localisation
Charlottesville, University of Virginia Library, Gordon 1572.V58
Subject Architecture
Transcribed version of the text

French

     This second edition, attributed to Jérôme de Marnef and Guillaume Cavellat, followed the first, published fitfteen years earlier by Jacques Gazeau, very closely (RIBA 3510). Nonetheless it is less austere; an architectural decoration with ornaments in stucco replaced the portrait of Jean Barbé on the title page. Henceforth borders decorated the initial page of each book; the initials were renewed. The dedication was brought up to date. The one hundred sixty-two wood cuts are reissues of those of the first edition, with the exception of one plate which had to be redone (pp. 142-143). But two new full page illustrations were added: the first (p. 352) is a copy of a Serlio façade (Regole generali..., 1537, f. 44); the second was taken from the edition of book IV (f. IV) of the Amadis de Gaule printed by Denis Janot (Paris, 1543). Pages 85 and 359 are numbered incorrectly 58 and 343.

Frédérique Lemerle (Centre national de la recherche scientifique,
Centre d’études supérieures de la Renaissance, Tours) – 2006

Critical bibliography

M. Carpo, L’architettura dell’età della stampa. Oralità, scritturà, libro stampato e riproduzione meccanica dell’immagine nella storia delle teorie architettoniche, Milan, Jaca Book, 1998, pp. 79-86.

F. Lemerle, "Jean Martin et le vocabulaire d’architecture", Jean Martin Un traducteur au temps de François Ier et de Henri II, Cahiers V. L. Saulnier, 16, Paris, PENS, 1999, pp. 113-126.

F. Lemerle, "L’Architecture ou Art de bien bastir de Vitruve, traduit par Jean Martin à Paris chez Jacques Gazeau Françoys, en 1547", S. Deswarte-Rosa (ed.), Sebastiano Serlio à Lyon. Architecture et imprimerie, Lyon, Mémoire Active, 2004, pp. 418-419.