De Re Aedificatoria, by Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472), was the first modern treatise on the theory and practice of architecture. Its importance for the subsequent history of architecture is incalculable, yet this is the first English translation based on the original, exceptionally eloquent Latin text on which Alberti’s reputation as a theorist is founded.
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Brilliantly translated…Rykwert and his team have restored the pleasures of Alberti’s writing for English readers…This undoubtedly deserves to become the standard English translation.—Anthony Hughes, Times Literary Supplement—
This English edition surpasses the earlier one in a number of significant ways…It will no doubt soon find a place on all architectural reading lists, and deservedly so.