Heinrich von Ferstel's copy

Palladio, Andrea. Architecture de Palladio, divisée en quatre livres [...]. Avec des notes d' Inigo Jones [...]. Le tout revu, dessiné & nouvellement mis au jour par Jaques Leoni [...].

Den Haag, Pierre Gosse, 1726.

Large folio (300 x 455 mm). 4 parts in 1 vol. (6), 115, (1), (2), 46, (2), 38, (2), 16, (4) pp. With engraved portrait, engr. frontispiece, 204 engr. plates (numbered as 230), and 12 engravings in the text. Contemporary calf with giltstamped label to richly gilt spine.


This edition of Palladio's principal work follows Inigo Jones's 1715 English edition and is regarded as one of the best, due to its small-scale illustrations. "Opere di un enorme dispensione per sua ricca e laboriosa esecuzione" (Cicognara). The "Architectura", first published in 1570, exercised an almost unrivalled influence on European architecture for centuries.

Copy from the personal library of the great Viennese architect Heinrich von Ferstel (1828-83) with his bookplate on the front pastedown. Ferstel is regarded as one of the most important representatives of Neoclassicism and was a leading architect of the Vienna Ringstrasse.

Later in the library of the Munich architect Heinrich von Hügel (d. 1899), who usually employed Italian Renaissance designs.

Binding slightly rubbed; front joint professionally repaired. Interior very clean and with only very slight marginal browning. Very attractive copy of this splendidly illustrated icon of the history of architecture, with important provenance.


Cicognara 596. Fowler 225. Graesse V, 108. Kat. der Ornamentstichslg. Berlin 2599.

Stock Code: BN#18244