The Architecture of Marcus Vitruvius Pollio: In Ten Books

The Architecture of Marcus Vitruvius Pollio: In Ten Books

by Marcus Vitruvius Pollio, Joseph Gwilt


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Active in the first century BCE, Marcus Vitruvius Pollio wrote his influential architectural treatise in ten books. It remained the standard manual for architects into the medieval period. The topics which Vitruvius considered essential are diverse, including aspects of design as well as geometry and engineering. In the nineteenth century, the English architect and author Joseph Gwilt (1784-1863) won greater acclaim for the books he published than for the buildings he designed. His most celebrated achievement, The Encyclopaedia of Architecture (1842), is also reissued in this series. Gwilt's one-volume translation of Vitruvius's Latin text was first published in 1826. Supplanting previous versions, this work was long regarded as the standard edition in English. It contains a brief life of Vitruvius as well as an annotated list of previous editions since the fifteenth century. A number of detailed illustrative plates accompany the text.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781108070522
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 07/02/2015
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Art and Architecture Series
Pages: 478
Product dimensions: 7.01(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.96(d)

Table of Contents

Dedication; List of subscribers; Preface; Life of Vitruvius; List of the several editions and versions of Vitruvius; List of the chapters contained in the work; Description of the head-pieces; The architecture of Vitruvius, Books I-X; Plates, and explanations of them; Index.

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