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Les Dix Livres D'Architecture De Vitruve Corrigez Et Traduits nouvellement en François, avec des Notes & des Figures. Seconde Edition reveue, corrigée, & augmentée. Par M. Perrault de l'Academie Royalle des Sciences, Docteur en Medecine de la Faculté de Paris. [Device]


RA Collection: Book

Record number



Uniform Title

[De architectura., French., Perrault., 1684.]


A Paris,: Chez Jean Baptiste Coignard, Imprimeur ordinaire du Roy, ruë S. Jacques, à la Bible d'or., M. DC. LXXXIV. Avec Privilege De Sa Majesté.

Physical Description

[18], 354, [16] p., add. engr. t.-pl.: illus.; 428 mm. (Folio.)

General Note

Illustrations include 65 numbered full-page prints (as in 1st ed. 1673)and 3 full-page prints numbered **, **** and ***** (on pp. 219, 332, 341 [misnumbered as 339]). Pages 177-180 are misnumbered 175, 179, 178, 178; p. 203 is misnumbered 303; pp. 226, 227 are misnumbered 216, 217; p. 341 is misnumbered 339.


[Add. engr. t.-pl., t.p., dedic.] - Avertissement - Preface - [Text, with illus.] - Table De Ce Qui Est Contenu Dans Le Texte Et Dans Les Notes [index] - Fautes A Corriger; Extrait Du Privilege Du Roy.

Responsibility Note

As in the first edition, the added engraved title-pate is signed as designed by S. le Clerc and engraved by G. Scotin; and the 65 numbered illustrations are unsigned by a draughtsman but by their engravers, S. Le Clerc, Iac. Grignon, Tournier, N. Pitau, G. Edelinck, P. Vandrebanc, G. Scotin, J. Patigny, E. Gantrel. The three new illustrations numbered **, **** and ***** are signed as engraved by P. le Pautre. Headpieces and tailpieces are signed as designed and made by S. Le Clerc. In-text figures and title-page vignette are unsigned.

The work is dedicated by Perrault to the King (Louis XIV).


Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 4 (2001), 3513.

On the reception of Perrault's views see the bibliographic note on the first edition (1673).

Summary Note

In this second edition of his annotated translation of Vitruvius Perrault includes several emendations and additions; but states in the Avertissement that he is more and more convinced of the truth of his first thoughts.

The numbered illustrations are reproduced from the first edition, with some reworkings (especially in numbers 4, 5, 17, 23, 35). Of the three new illustrations one (**) shows remains of a Roman temple at Bordeaux, and two (**** and *****) show machinery used in building the Louvre.


A reprint was published in 1988 (Pierre Mardaga).


Acquired between 1769 and 1802. Recorded in Catalogue Of The Library In The Royal Academy, London (1802).

Binding Note

20th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; brown morocco spine-label lettered 'Vitruvius 1684'.


Architecture - Theory
Architecture, Roman - Architecture, Greek - History
Treatises - Latin literature - 1st century B.C.
Treatises - Translations into French - Translations from Latin - Reconstructions - France - 17th century
Pictorial works - France - 17th century


Jean Baptiste Coignard, printer, publisher
Louis XIV King of France, dedicatee
Claude Perrault
Sebastien Le Clerc, draughtsman, engraver
Gérard Scotin, engraver
Jacques Grignon, engraver
Georges Tournier, engraver
Nicolas Pitau, engraver
Gérard Edelinck, engraver
Pieter van der Banck, engraver
Jean Patigny, engraver
Etienne Gantrel, engraver
Pierre Lepautre, engraver