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A parallel of the antient architecture with the modern


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A parallel of the antient architecture with the modern: in a collection of ten principal authors who have written upon the five orders
Parallèle de l'architecture antique avec la moderne

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Ec/1664/F c.1 (de Beer Special Collections)


Printed by Tho. Roycroft for John Place: London


Following a stay in Rome in 1650, Fréart de Chambray published this anthology of ten ancient and modern writers on the classical orders. He argues that the Greek orders (the Doric, the Ionic, and Corinthian) are perfect models for all architecture and he condemns the Roman orders (the Tuscan and the Composite) as being corrupt. Citing its use in the Temple of Solomon, he declares the Corinthian order to be the ‘flower of Architecture and the Order of Orders'. To Fréart de Chambray, Vitruvius and his translators were beyond reproach.


Evelyn, John
Alberti, Leon Battista
Roycroft, Thomas
Place, John
Cecil, Hugh
Tubbs, Percy B.
Dunn, George
Spencer, Samuel
Shoppee, William
Wheatley, Thomas


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