Aldrich, Henry; Smyth, Philip [Übers.]
The Elements Of Civil Architecture: According To Vitruvius And Other Ancients, And The Most Approved Practice Of Modern Authors, Especially Palladio — London, 1789 [Cicognara Nr. 395]

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INTRODUCTION.

perior take and skill in a great variety of houses*
villas, churches, and other public buildings. The
designs of most of these he has inserred in his well-
known book of Architecture. It is observable, how-
ever, that those, who have taken his measures from
the aCtual fabrics and compared them with what
are set down in the designs there given, have sound
many differences os proportion! but, if these are not
improvements as to effeCt, it has not been noticed
that they are prejudicial to it.

Palladio is generally believed to have had a fifth
book os his Architecture nearly ready for the press
when he died, containing designs of ancient temples,
arches, sepulchres, baths, &c. which, with his other
tinpublifhed plans and writings, he left to his parti-
cular friend, the Senator Giacomo Contarini (no-
mean judge of that art) upon whose demise they were
all dispersed. Some the late Earl of Burlington
collected in his travels, and printed with great mag-
nificence at his own expence. It is highly probable
that many of those scattered designs were executed
in different places, at different intervals, after his
death ; with no other indication of their author than
what their manner muss afford the discerning ob-
server. It is not theresore always safe to deny him
the credit of an invention, the style should warrant
his, because the date of the execution is poilerior to
his decease.

He was particularly curious in whatever related to
the art of war, as praCtised by the ancients j and la-
boured much in the explanation, os Polibius and Cae-

sar.
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