Parallèle de l’architecture antique et de la moderne: avec un recueil des dix principaux autheurs qui ont écrit des cinq Ordres
Paris, Edmé Martin, 1650
First edition of this important text on the rules and proportions of the Orders of Columns, an epitome of the standard works on the subject by Palladio, Scamozzi, Serlio, Vignola, and other Italian and French authorities. It comprises a series of explanatory texts and visual comparisons showing how the Orders were employed by ancient and Renaissance architects and roundly condemns their incorrect usage and attempts at reform on the part of many architects. The book inaugurated the architectural part of the celebrated “Quarrel between the Ancients and Moderns”.