Philandrier, Guillaume

M. Vitruvii Pollionis de architectura libri decem... Accesserunt, Gulielmi Philandri Castilionii..., annotationes castigatiores...
Imprint [Geneva], J. II de Tournes, 1586
Einsiedeln, Stiftung Bibliothek Werner Oechslin, A 04b-app. 444
Subject Architecture, Orders
Transcribed version of the text


     A posthumous new edition of an enlarged version of the 1552 Annotationes was published without place of publication by Jean II de Tournes. The Protestant bookseller from Lyon had left that city with his family to go to Geneva in November 1585 because of the unrest and the attacks against his place of business (Cartier 1970, pp. 18-22, 127-133). De Tournes reused the woodcuts engraved for his father with a new typographical formatting made necessary by the new typesetting. He modified the order of the elements (the certificate of privilege, the portrait of Philandrier) and inverted the indices. The motto Quod tibi fieri non vis, alteri ne feceris replaces the 1552 motto, Nescit labi virtus. There is nothing to point out save the typographical errors, but the edition is of a lesser quality than his father’s.
Some copies bear the note “Genevae” above the date.

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

Critical bibliography

A. Cartier, Bibliographie des éditions des De Tournes imprimeurs lyonnais, introduction and appendices by M. Audin, bibliographical note by E. Vial, Paris, Bibliothèque nationale, 1937-1938, 2, pp. 627-628, n° 664 (facsimile reissue : Geneva, Slatkine Reprints, 1970).

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.