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Le premier tome de l'architecture

Illustrated by Philibert de L'Orme (French, about 1515–1570), Printer Fédéric Morel (French, 16th century), Engraver Lucas Kilian (German, 1579–1637), After Matthäus Gundelach (German, about 1566–1653)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Brunet II, 578; Fowler 99; Mortimer, French, 356


Overall: 39 x 26 x 5 cm (15 3/8 x 10 1/4 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 205 woodcuts

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: Fédéric Morel, 1568) Folio; 305 leaves; original gilt-stamped armorial green-stained vellum binding, green cloth box.

Selected illustrations: the architect as a learned man (fol. i3v); the bad architect (Eee1r); the good architect (Eee3r); many diagrams, details, and perspectival renderings.

Paris: Fédéric Morel, 1568


Ferdinand Hoffmann (1540-1607), Baron Gruenstein of Grünpühel and Strechau); E.P. Goldschmidt & Co., London, from whom purchased by MFA, October 4, 1934.

Credit Line

George Nixon Black Fund