We use cookies to improve your experience online. By using our website, you agree to the use of cookies as described in our cookies policy.

Resolution Des Quatre Principaux Problemes D'Architecture. Dediée A Monseigneur Colbert, Ministre Et Secretaire D'Estat, Surintendant Des Bastimens, Arts, Et Manufactures De France. Par M. François Blondel, de l'Academie Royale des Sciences, Directeur & Professeur en l'Academie Royale d'Architecture, & des Mathematiques au College Royal, Maréchal de Camp és Armées du Roy, & Maistre des mathematiques de Monseigneur le Dauphin.

François Blondel

RA Collection: Book

Record number




A Paris,: De L'Imprimerie Royale., M. DC. LXXIII.

Physical Description

[viii], 86 p., 8 pl.; 567 mm. (Broadsheet).


[T.-p., dedic.] - [Text; colophon] - [Plates].

Responsibility Note

The engraver's name is given on four of the plates (1, 2, 3, 5): 'De la Boissiere fecit'. The printer is named in the colophon: 'A Paris, De L'Imprimerie Royale, Par les soins De Sebastien Mabre-Cramoisy, Directeur de ladite Imprimerie. M.DC.LXXIII'. The Imprimerie Royale became the Imprimerie Nationale.


National Gallery (Washington), Mark J. Millard, I (1993), no. 23, p.44-5.

Summary Note

The four problems addressed here are: entasis; conical section; the determining of the joint at the head of a buttress; and the determining of the cross section of a beam for resistance. These are followed by studies of movement (in Latin, dated 1658), harmonic proportions (dated 1666) and Galileo's solution for the problem of cross sections.


Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Binding Note

18th-century red morocco, heraldic device gilt-stamped on upper and lower covers; gilt-decorated spine, lettered 'Problem D'Archit Par Blondel'. Bound with Recueil De Plusieurs Traitez De Mathematique De L'Academie Royale Des Sciences (1676).


Architecture - Engineering - Applied mathematics - Theory - History
Treatises - France - 17th century
Pictorial works - France - 17th century