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Since my book is called “Vitruvius Britannicus or the British architect” I decided to search for the term “Vitruvius” in Alice first, the Topic of conversation was set to “long”. Alice used her brain/body and named “Alberti and Vitruvius Library”.
I came across several books, including one by Koolhaas called “Elements of Architecture”.
in which only the name Vtruvius was mentioned and the architecture of Vitruvius was referred to, but otherwise nothing was really elaborated on.
Besides these books where only the name Vitruvius was found, I came across a work which had some similarities with Campbell’s “Vitruvius Britannicus“.
Vitruvius Britannicus, published in three volumes between 1715-1725.
Harrison Wood Gaiger, Art in Theory get puplished between 1648-1815
Apart from the date, I found a similarity of content, (which is understandable since it is about Vitruvius)
“For a proof that it is design which perfects the architect’s art we need look no further than the teachings of Vitruvius.” Vitruvius teaches us also that columns are drawn from nature’s most magnificent creation, for their proportions correspond to those of the human form, some being modelled on the male body, others on the female, and still others on the figure of young girls.
In addition to the topics typical for a book with the content of Vitruvius, I then found the title of my book as a quotation after a somewhat long search. “Vitruvius Britannicus” was mentioned in Van Eck “Eighteenth Century Architecture.”
When using the search term “Britannicus” with the body of “Xenotheka Library”.
the work “Mallgrave, Modern Architectural Theory” was displayed directly as the first item. In a short text it deals with the content and special data of Vitruvius Britannicus. Thus in Mallgrave, Modern Architectural Theory the following is written “29 Shortly before Leoni’s edition of Palladio, Campbell, in 1715, published the first part of his equally ambitious Vitruvius Britannicus or the British Architect.”
The second result, “Saunders, The Art and Architecture of London”, also refers directly to Campbell’s work with the following quotation: “Inspired by what he saw, he studied Leoni’s translation of Palladio’s Four Books of Architecture and Colen Campbell’s Vitruvius Britannicus, with its illustrations of English buildings based on Roman models, and determined to build a reconstruction of an antique villa.
The content of “Vitruvius Britannicus, or the British architect” is discussed in particular.