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An Abridgment of the Architecture of Vitruvius is a comprehensive compilation of the illustrious architect's works, masterfully condensed into a single volume. Vitruvius Pollio's original work is widely regarded as one of the most influential treatises on classical architecture, and this abridgment succeeds in preserving the essence of his wisdom.

What sets this book apart from other architectural texts is its meticulous attention to detail. From the intricacies of proportions to the construction techniques of ancient Rome, Vitruvius Pollio leaves no stone unturned. The clarity of his explanations and the depth of his knowledge are truly remarkable. It is as if the author were guiding the reader through a grand tour of architectural wonders, unlocking the secrets of the discipline with each turn of the page.

One of the notable strengths of this abridgment is its ability to distill Vitruvius Pollio's decades of research and experience into a concise format. The author's devotion to education and his commitment to preserving the techniques of his time shine through in this condensed edition. Whether one is an aspiring architect or a seasoned professional, this book offers invaluable insights into the foundations of architectural theory and practice.

Furthermore, the inclusion of numerous illustrations and diagrams greatly enhances the reader's understanding of the concepts being discussed. The visual aids effectively complement the text, making it easier to grasp the complexities of architectural design. It is impressive how seamlessly the abridgment incorporates these visuals, further enriching the reading experience.

However, it is important to note that this abridgment may not suit those seeking a detailed analysis of every aspect of Vitruvius Pollio's original work. Due to its condensed nature, some parts may leave readers craving further elucidation. Nonetheless, the abridgment strikes an admirable balance between brevity and comprehensiveness. It acts as both an essential entry point for newcomers to the field and a valuable refresher for those already familiar with Vitruvius Pollio's ideas.

Overall, An Abridgment of the Architecture of Vitruvius Containing a System of the Whole Works of that Author encapsulates the wisdom and genius of one of history's foremost architectural theorists in a concise and accessible format. With its thorough explanations, insightful visuals, and scholarly approach, it is an indispensable resource for anyone curious about classical architecture. This abridgment serves as a gateway to the wealth of knowledge passed down by Vitruvius Pollio and is a testament to his enduring influence on the field of architecture.

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Transcriber's note: The combination "vv" which occurs at some places for "w" and the word "Jonick" used sometimes for "Ionick" has been kept to conserve the original appearance of the book. No changes have been made in the text except the correction of obvious typos.

[Illustration: ARCHITECTVRE 1692]



A System of the whole WORKS of that Author.

Illustrated with divers Copper Plates, curiously engraved; with a Table of Explanation, To which is added in this Edition

The Etymology and Derivation of the Terms used in Architecture .

First done in French by Monsr Perrault , of the Academy of Paris , and now Englished , with Additions... Continue reading book >>

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