Il settimo libro d’architettura di Sebastiano Serglio
Sebastiano Serglios book Il settimo libro d’architettura (the seventh book of architecture) is part of his architectural treatise Tutte l’opere d’architettura et prospetiva (All the Works of Architecture and Perspective). I encountered the book in the reading room oft the ETH Bibliothek, Seltene Drucke und Karten. It has been a pleasurable experience to look through the pages of this old book.
The seventh book mainly contains examples of buildings in which Serglios theories of orders, columns, ornaments etc. are used on. The book contains about 120 drawings. Every double page oft the book consists of an example of a building, shown as ground plan, elevation or section and a text passage describing what is shown. There are also drawings and texts concerning facade details, as well as elements of structural design.
Il settimo libro d architettura is 243 pages long. It has a width of 180mm, a length of 251mm and a thickness of 44mm. These measures involve the other parts of Tutte l’opere d’architettura et prospetiva and not just the book of my concern though.