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Livre d'architecture contenant plusieurs portiques de differentes inventions, sur les cinq ordres de colomnes

Illustrated by Alessandro Francini (Italian (worked in France), died in 1648), Etched by Abraham Bosse (French, 1604–1676), Publisher Melchior Tavernier II (French, 1594–1665)

Place of Publication: Paris, France

Catalogue Raisonné

Berlin 3852; Fowler 126; Duplessis (Bosse), 298-337; Blum (Bosse), 48-87; Bibliothèque Nationale, Inventaire 17th, I, p. 493, nos. 298-337


Overall: 42.5 x 30 x 2 cm (16 3/4 x 11 13/16 x 13/16 in.) Other (plate size): 36.2 x 24.1cm (14 1/4 x 9 1/2in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with 40 engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Paris: Melchior Tavernier, 1631) Folio; 44 leaves; contemporary vellum.

Author’s portrait; elevations of portals, gateways, triumphal arches, etc., derived from the architectural orders

Paris: Melchior Tavernier, 1631


Theodore Besterman; E. P. Goldschmidt & Co., London, from whom purchased by MFA, September 12, 1984.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Fund