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Andrea Palladio and the Architecture of Battle with the Unpublished Edition of Polybius' Histories [Hardcover]

Guido Beltramini
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14 Sep 2010
A previously unknown portrait of the Italian architect in the role of illustrator and theorist on the militia. Published here for the first time are Palladio's preparatory materials for an illustrated edition of Polybius' Histories alongside Palladio's material for his edition of Julius Caesar' Commentaries, (1575). Long thought to have been lost, his original Polybius has now been recomposed by drawing on three manuscript copies: the mock-up used by Palladio to plan the edition, rediscovered in the London British Library in 1977; a second copy found in Florence in 1986 and a third exemplar only very recently found in the New York Public Library. Here the reproductions of the 43 etchings for the Polybius have been accompanied by 42 etchings which Palladio dedicated to Caesar's deeds. This offers us a complete picture of his effort to reconstruct those excellent features of ancient warfare on which Palladio wished to base his own proposals for reforming the contemporary Venetian militia, as well as to give a different point of view on the history of architecture. The volume includes contributions from several scholars including: Stephen Parkin, Sara Mazzarino, Marco Formisano, Luciano Pezzolo, Claudio Povolo, and Paolo Fiore.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Marsilio (14 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 883179986X
  • ISBN-13: 978-8831799867
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 23.7 x 30 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,704,970 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Guido Beltramini is the director of the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura "Andrea Palladio," Vicenza. He has taught Architectural History at the University of Ferrara (Italy) and is the author of: Andrea Palladio. The Complete Illustrated Works (2000) and Palladio privato (2008). He has also edited: Palladio and Northern Europe: Books, Travellers, Architects (with H. Burns, K. Forster, W. Oechslin, 1999), Andrea Palladio e la villa veneta da Petrarca a Carlo Scarpa (with H. Burns, 2005).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on the Roman Republic at war 8 Aug 2011
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is an edition of Andrea Palladio's illustrations for Polybios's `Histories' and Julius Caesar's `Commentaries'. The Polybios illustrations were considered to be `lost' for four hundred years, as they hadn't been seen since the death of Palladio in the late 16th century, before he could publish them. Whether anyone was looking for them is another matter, as Sir John Hale found them in the British Library in the 1970s, bound into a 16th century edition of Polybios, which was part of the King's Library - George III's personal collection, donated to the British Museum as a base for creating the British Library. The king had bought the collection of the British Consul in Venice after the Seven Years War (which apparently had got in the way of his buying it earlier). The Consul, Joseph Smith, had been a noted collector and dealer in Venice, for art, books, coins, and anything else not nailed down, for most of the first half of the eighteenth century. Another (incomplete) copy was later found in the New York Public Library, and a third was sold by a Florentine book dealer to a private collector. The plates in the London edition contained notes in Palladio's own hand, and it is believed to be a `proof' copy, or a test copy to see how the final edition would look.

Palladio was a noted architect, but this volume reflects his interest in the `art of war', something that was undergoing a serious `revolution' in his day - see David Eltis' Military Revolution In Sixteenth Century. Palladio and his circle were involved in the study of, and publication of new editions of the classic authors to support the new study of modern warfare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book on the Roman Republic at war 9 Aug 2011
By No More Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
This is an edition of Andrea Palladio's illustrations for Polybios's `Histories' and Julius Caesar's `Commentaries'. The Polybios illustrations were considered to be `lost' for four hundred years, as they hadn't been seen since the death of Palladio in the late 16th century, before he could publish them. Whether anyone was looking for them is another matter, as Sir John Hale found them in the British Library in the 1970s, bound into a 16th century edition of Polybios, which was part of the King's Library - George III's personal collection, donated to the British Museum as a base for creating the British Library. The king had bought the collection of the British Consul in Venice after the Seven Years War (which apparently had got in the way of his buying it earlier). The Consul, Joseph Smith, had been a noted collector and dealer in Venice, for art, books, coins, and anything else not nailed down, for most of the first half of the eighteenth century. Another (incomplete) copy was later found in the New York Public Library, and a third was sold by a Florentine book dealer to a private collector. The plates in the London edition contained notes in Palladio's own hand, and it is believed to be a `proof' copy, or a test copy to see how the final edition would look.

Palladio was a noted architect, but this volume reflects his interest in the `art of war', something that was undergoing a serious `revolution' in his day - see David Eltis' Military Revolution In Sixteenth Century. Palladio and his circle were involved in the study of, and publication of new editions of the classic authors to support the new study of modern warfare.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Indispensable 25 Oct 2010
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This is an extraordinary book, with a new perspective on war based upon its relation with architecture
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