I dieci libri dell'architettura (The Ten Books of Architecture)

Author Vitruvius Pollio, Illustrated by Unidentified artist, Italian, 16th century, Illustrated by Andrea Palladio (Italian, 1508–1580), Attributed to Giuseppe Salviati (Italian, about 1520–about 1575), Printer Francesco Marcolini (Italian, about 1500–about 1559)

Place of Publication: Venice, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Mortimer, Italian, 547; Fowler 407; Berlin 964


Overall: 41.8 x 28.5 x 3.7 cm (16 7/16 x 11 1/4 x 1 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 131 woodcuts

Not On View


Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Venice: Francesco Marcolini, 1556) Folio; 151 leaves; mottled brown calf, gilt-stamped (repaired).

Selected illustrations: two men (one possibly the translator, Daniello Barbaro) among architectural ruins (fol. A2v); double-page illustration of facade (L6v-L7r); two theater plans with working volvelles (V2v, V3r); many further architectural plans, sections, and views.

Venice: Francesco Marcolini, 1556


Rose Lynn [McQueary?--inscription]; Samuel and Dorothy Glaser, Boston, by whom given to MFA, December 19, 1979.

Credit Line

Gift of Samuel and Dorothy Glaser