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Vitruvius: the ten books on architecture

Author: Vitruvius Pollio.; M H Morgan
Publisher: New York : Dover Publications, [1960]
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Genre/Form: Early works
Early works to 1800
Ouvrages avant 1800
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Vitruvius Pollio.
Vitruvius.
New York, Dover Publications [1960]
(OCoLC)563522525
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Vitruvius Pollio.; M H Morgan
ISBN: 0486206459 9780486206455
OCLC Number: 254399
Notes: " ... an unabridged and unaltered republication of the first edition of the English translation by Morris Hicky Morgan, originally published ... in 1914"--Title page verso.
Description: 331 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Book 1. The education of the architect --
Fundamental principles of architecture --
Departments of architecture --
The site of a city --
The city walls --
Directions of the streets; with remarks on the winds --
Sites for public buildings --
Book 2. The origin of the dwelling house --
On the primordial substance according to the physicists --
Brick --
Sand --
Lime --
Pozzolana --
Stone --
Methods of building walls --
Timber --
Highland and lowland fir --
Book 3. On symmetry: in temples and in the human body --
Classification of temples --
The proportions of intercolumniations and of columns --
Foundations and substructures of temples --
Proportions of the base, capitals, and entablature in the Ionic order --
Book 4. Origins of the three orders, and the proportions of the Corinthian capital --
The ornaments of the orders --
Proportions of Doric temples --
The cella and pronaos --
How the temple should face --
Doorways of temples --
Tuscan temples --
Circular temples and other varieties --
Altars --
Book 5. The forum and basilica --
The treasury, prison, and senate house --
The theatre: its site, foundations, and acoustics --
Harmonics --
Sounding vessels in the theatre --
Plan of the theatre --
Greek theatres --
Acoustics of the site of a theatre --
Colonnades and walks --
Baths --
The Palaestra --
Harbours, breakwaters, and shipyards. Book 6. On climate as determining the style of the house --
Symmetry, and modifications in it to suit the site --
Proportions of the principal rooms --
Proper exposures of the different rooms --
How the rooms should be suited to the status of the owner --
The farmhouse --
The Greek house --
On foundations and substructures --
Book 7. Floors --
Slaking of lime for stucco --
Vaultings and stucco work --
On stucco work in damp places, and on the decoration of dining rooms --
The decadence of fresco painting --
Marble for use in stucco --
Natural colours --
Cinnabar and quicksilver --
Artificial colours. Black --
Blue. Burnt ochre --
White lead, verdigris, and artificial sandarach --
Purple --
Substitutes for purple, yellow ochre, malachite green, and indigo --
Book 8. How to find water --
Rainwater --
Various properties of different waters --
Tests of good water --
Levelling and levelling instruments --
Aqueducts, wells, and cisterns --
Book 9. The zodiac and the planets --
The phases of the moon --
The course of the sun through the twelve signs --
The northern constellations --
The southern constellations --
Astrology and weather prognostics --
The analemma and its applications --
Sundials and water clocks --
Book 10. Machines and implements --
Hoisting machines --
Elements of motion --
Engines for raising water --
Water wheels and water mills --
The water screw --
The pump of Ctesibius --
The water organ --
The hodometer --
Catapults or scorpiones --
Ballistae --
The stringing and tuning of catapults --
Siege machines --
The tortoise --
Hegetor's tortoise --
Measures of defence --
Note on scamilli impares.
Other Titles: De architectura.
Responsibility: translated by Morris Hicky Morgan ; with illustrations and original designs prepared under the direction of Herbert Langford Warren.

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