Philandrier, Guillaume

Title In decem libros M. Vitruvii Pollionis de architectura annotationes...
Imprint Paris, J. Kerver, 1545
Localisation Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, 2148
Subject Architecture, Orders
Transcribed version of the text


     After the Roman edition of Giovanni Andrea Dossena in 1544, Philandrier published his Annotationes the following year in Paris. The edition was shared between booksellers Jacques Kerver and Michel Fezandat (Lemerle 2000, p. 23). The book appeared in octavo format, slightly larger (16.8 cm.) than the princeps edition (15.6 cm.) The text was recomposed and the illustrations are faithful copies of those in the 1544 edition. The Roman characters which replaced the capital letters in the extracts preceding the commentaries create a text more visually uniform, but render its presentation less clear since the commentaries are more difficult to isolate. Whereas the errata in the 1544 edition were taken into account and the full page illustrations appearing in 1544 at the end of the volume were incorporated in their right place (pp. 285 and 286), alas, many errors in the page numbering crept in.

Frédérique Lemerle (Centre national de la recherche scientifique,
Centre d'études supérieures de la Renaissance, Tours) – 2011

Critical bibliography

F. Lemerle, "Genèse de la théorie des ordres: Philandrier et Serlio", Revue de l’art, 103, 1994, pp. 33-41.

F. Lemerle, "Philandrier et le texte de Vitruve", Mélanges de l’École française de Rome–Italie et Méditerranée, 106, 1994-2, pp. 517-529.

F. Lemerle, Les Annotations de Guillaume Philandrier sur le De Architectura de Vitruve, Livres I à IV, Introduction, translation and commentary, Paris, Picard, 2000.

F. Lemerle, Guillaume Philandrier, Les Annotations sur l’Architecture de Vitruve, Livres V à VII, Introduction, translation and commentary, Paris, Garnier, 2011.