Il primo [-secondo] libro d'architectura

Illustrated by Sebastiano Serlio (Italian, 1475–1554?), Printer Jean Barbé (French, 16th century)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Brunet V, 304-05; Fowler 303; Mortimer, French, 492


Overall: 36.9 x 25.5 x 6 cm (14 1/2 x 10 1/16 x 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 132 woodcuts

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: Jean Barbé, 1545) Folio; 79 leaves; old blind- and gilt-stamped yellow-green suede, red leather label.

Illustrations of architectural renderings, sections, and diagrams; elaborate decorative scrollwork title; and three renderings of stage sets (“scena comica” [leaf after fol. i3], “scena tragica” [i5r], and “scena satyrica” [i6v]).

BOUND with Vitruvius, 1547 (34.857.2)

Paris: Jean Barbé, 1545


E.P. Goldschmidt & Co., London, from whom purchased by MFA, October 4, 1934.

Credit Line

George Nixon Black Fund