Alberti, Leon Battista
Bartoli, Cosimo

Title L’architettura...
Imprint Venice, F. De Franceschi, 1565
Munich, Bayerische StaatsBibliothek, 4 A.civ. 2
Subject Architecture
Transcribed version of the text


     In 1565 in Venice Francesco De Franceschi republished Cosimo Bartoli’s translation of Alberti in a quarto format. The frame on the title page is a reduced inverted copy of the 1550 frame, as is the case for all the engravings, with the exception of the portrait of the author. The fifteen hundred copies of the first printing had in fact been sold out for a long time, as Bartoli specified in his new dedication dated April 21, and still addressed to Cosimo de’ Medici (Fowler 9, RIBA 54). The Venitian edition came out soon before that of Leonardo Torrentino, the son of Lorenzo, who had set up a press in Monte Regale (Mondovi).

Frédérique Lemerle (Centre national de la recherche scientifique,
Centre d’études supérieures de la Renaissance, Tours) – 2013

Critical bibliography

M. Carpo, L’architettura dell’età della stampa : oralità, scrittura, libro stampato e riproduzione meccanica dell’immagine nella storia delle teorie architettoniche, Milan, Jaca Book, 1998.

J. Rykwert & A. Engel, Leon Battista Alberti, Milan, Olivetti/Electa, 1994, p. 467.