The First [-Fifth] Booke of Architecture.... Translated out of Italian into Dutch, and out of Dutch into English.

Illustrated by Sebastiano Serlio (Italian, 1475–1554?), Publisher Robert Peake (English, 1592?–1667), Printer Simon Stafford (English, 17th century)

Place of Publication: London, England

Catalogue Raisonné

STC 22235; Fowler 331; Nat. Gallery, Millard Coll., v. 2, cat. 74


Overall: 36.5 x 26.4 x 4 cm (14 3/8 x 10 3/8 x 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Illustrated book with numerous woodcuts

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(London: Simon Stafford for Robert Peake, 1611) Folio; 206 leaves; contemporary gilt-stamped brown marbled calf.

Illustrations of architectural renderings, sections, and diagrams; ornamental designs, alphabets; decorative scrollwork and architectural titles; and three renderings of stage sets (Book Two, fols. 25r&v, 26r).

London: Simon Stafford for Robert Peake, 1611


Algernon Capell, Second Earl of Essex, 1701 (1670-1710 [bookplate]); Samuel and Dorothy Glaser, Boston, by whom given to MFA, December 19. 1979.

Credit Line

Gift of Samuel and Dorothy Glaser