Over the past several years a combination of serendipitous discoveries and systematic searching has revealed that Vassar College has an extraordinary collection of rare architectural books from the sixteenth through the twentieth centuries. It includes early editions of canonical works by Vignola, Alberti, Palladio, Piranesi, and other Italian Renaissance and baroque architects, theorists, and printmakers; a rich collection of titles from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, including a full set on the Gothic Revival with the major works of Augustus Pugin (Figure 1), John Ruskin, William Morris, Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, and many other lesser-known figures; nineteenth-century American treatises and pattern books, including works on domestic and landscape architecture by A. J. Downing, Catharine...

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