Author(s) Sagredo, Diego de
Title Raison darchitecture antique...
Imprint Paris, S. de Colines, 1539
Localisation Paris, Ensba, Les 785
Subject Architecture, Orders


     Simon de Colines published two other editions of the Raison darchitecture antique in 1539 and 1542, which differ very little from the original edition of 1536.  In the three cases the work is in quarto, with 51 leaves.  The title pages, decorated with the same arch in perspective which replaces the Corinthian capital in the Spanish edition, are made different by the bookseller's headword and the mention of the privilege in the edition with no date.  The typographical changes are minor, and are due to the new layout of the text (different syllable separations, use or nonuse of abbreviations…), but most of the time the leaf is finished in a similar fashion.  In 1539 the text was entirely revised, the spelling and punctuation modernized.  But unlike the 1536 edition, the five bases were enriched with enlarged representations of the profiles of their moldings, in which their proportions are indicated according to a completely new system, a system which would be used by Jean Goujon, Cosimo Bartoli, Hans Blum and then by Jean Bullant.  The geometric indication of the proportions gives an undeniable autonomy to the illustration, because it dispenses the reader from consulting fastidious descriptions.

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

Critical bibliography

F. Lemerle, "La version française des Medidas del Romano", F. Marías & F. Pereda (ed.), Medidas del Romano, Diego de Sagredo, Toledo. 1526, Toledo, Pareja, 2000, 2, pp. 93-106.

F. Lemerle, "Passer les Pyrénées : la fortune de la traduction anonymes des Medidas del Romano de Diego de Sagredo (Tolède, 1526)", communication at the International conference: Passeurs de textes II : gens du livre et de lettres à la Renaissance, CESR, Tours, june 27-july 1 2011, forthcoming, Turnhout, Brepols, 2014.

F. Marías, "El lugar de los Sagredos en la tratadística del Renacimiento", M. del Mar Lozano Bartolozzi & F. M. Sánchez Lomba (ed.), Libros con arte, arte con libros, Junta de Extremadura, Cáceres, 2007, pp. 101-121.

F. Marías & A. Bustamante (ed.), Diego de Sagredo, Medidas del Romano (Toledo 1549), Madrid, Dirección General de Bellas Artes y Archivos, 1986.

F. Marías & F. Pereda (ed.), Medidas del Romano, Diego de Sagredo, Toledo. 1526, Toledo, Pareja, 2000. 2 vol.

P. Renouard, Bibliographie des editions de Simon de Colines 1520-1546, Paris, Huard & Guillemin, 1894 (facsimile edition: Nieuwkoop, de Graf, 1990).

J. Veyrin-Forrer, "Introduction", F. Schreiber (ed.), Simon de Colines. An annotated Catalogue of 230 Examples of his Press, 1520- 1546, Provo, Utah, Friends of the Brigham Young University Library, 1995.