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The Four Books of Architecture [Hardcover]

Andrea Palladio , Illustrated
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; First Thus edition (1965)
  • ASIN: B001GA5CG0
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good as the real thing - and a lot less hassle! 24 May 2013
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My local library went into a tail spin when I requested sight of their (precious and rare edition) copy. Had to make an appointment a few days ahead; thought I was going to have to produce passport and blood group details! Delighted to find this facsimilie edition, which provided everything I need - with a lot less trouble!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book that named the style 24 April 2013
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The 'Palladian' style that overwhelmed the British aristocracy in Georgian times was started by Palladio. This Georgian translation is presented in all its glory, with fantasic re-prints of the plates and all the quirks of the text that the Georgians would have thought as normal.

It is not an easy read to modern eyes, but highly informative and I would recommend it to anyone who loves the Palladian style of building, or even British Country Houses in general. It enables you to look at the house and see more than is present on the surface.
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5.0 out of 5 stars must have for your library 3 April 2000
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The four books of andrea palladio is a must have for the interior design library. The father of architecture's designs are the cornerstone of good classical design. Even though he is so widely copied he has never been equaled. This is a very good value for his works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic 10 Nov 2006
By I. Trejos - Published on Amazon.com
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This book belongs in all of the architecture libraries of the world. It is a book that is a classic, a "must have" for all the professionals in the field. It requires a bit of concentration to read, because it is written in an "old fashioned" way, where some of the letters look a bit odd for the modern eyes ( the letters "s" in a lot of the words look like an "f", which reminds you of the german "ß"). But other than that, I think it is a wonderful book, carefully illustrated. I gave one as a gift for an architect friend, and he has been enjoying it a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classical architecture of Palladio 26 Jan 2009
By Walt Slater - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent book of classical temples and structures. Way too over the top for building for today, unless you are building a backyard temple or mediterranean villa but great inspiration if you are looking to incorporate a few classical design elements into a project. I will be using some of the moulding profiles and patterns for some carving templates. The large number of line drawings are clean and concise with lots of detail.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Andrea Palladio Four Books of Architecture 19 Nov 2010
By Jackson - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a MUST for every interested mind to understanding the basics and logic to why construction and design is, what it is! Today construction throws logic out the door and is based off of money ... short term return. This book along with Vitruvius's book, Ten Books on Architecture, will be the corner stone of a new chapter in construction and design. Designers, Builders and politicians (who should not be in the mix of decision makers) all talk the talk of "Green", proving to be a farce in many ways. Simple concepts explained and set in these two books prove more "Green" than anything brought up today in this world based off of fade and fashion.

Just make it simple, get these two books into your reading schedule and learn what was forgotten. The thought process becomes clear once taken the time to just sit down and READ!!!

Michael in Charlotte, NC
(previously of FL, previously of NV, previously of CA, previously of DC, previously of PA)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great drawings of many Roman buildings 15 Oct 2013
By Brent - Published on Amazon.com
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The historic British translation is an interesting one if you can get past the curious habit of using an "f" as an "s". I found the drawings of ancient structures to be worth at least as much as the 5 orders presented by Palladio.
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