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L'architecture et art de bien bastir

Illustrated by Unidentified artist, French, 16th century, Author Leon Battista Alberti (Italian, 1404–1472), Printer Robert Massellin (French, 16th century), Publisher Jacques Kerver (French, active 1535–1583)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Brunet I, 130-31; Fowler 7; Mortimer, French, 12


Overall: 35.2 x 24 x 5 cm (13 7/8 x 9 7/16 x 1 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 94 woodcuts

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: Robert Massellin, for Jacques Kerver, 1553) Folio; 236 leaves; contemporary gilt-stamped brown calf, large gilt strapwork compartments on covers.

Illustrations: decorative scrollwork title page border; author’s portrait title verso; architectural renderings, details, diagrams, bridge construction (fol. m2r), fortifications, classical monuments, etc.

Paris: Robert Massellin, for Jacques Kerver, 1553


Marlborough Rare Books, Ltd., London, from whom purchased by MFA, December 16, 1970.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Fund