“This book belonged to Andrea Palladio.” This intriguing attribution, inscribed by an anonymous, sixteenth-century hand (Vincenzo Scamozzi?) on the verso of the final folio of the coeval codex Destailleur B, hints at the illustrious provenance of this beguiling, little-studied manuscript of antiquarian study drawings, which is held in the Library of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. That is, the manuscript was little studied until now. Orietta Lanzarini and Roberta Martinis's “Questo libro fu di Andrea Palladio”: Il codice Destailleur B dell'Ermitage succeeds in providing comprehensive analysis and documentation of the 130-folio (260-page) manuscript.

“Questo libro fu di Andrea Palladio” is composed of two principal sections. The first—a...

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