Collected Works

GERMAN ARCHITECTURAL THEORY -- STURM, Leonhard Christoph (1669-1719) – GOLDMANN, Nicolaus (1611-1665) – WOLFF, Jeremias, engr. (d. 1724)

Published by Peter Detleffsen for Jeremias Wolff 1715-21, Augsburg, 1715
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Title: Collected Works

Publisher: Peter Detleffsen for Jeremias Wolff 1715-21, Augsburg

Publication Date: 1715

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good


Illustrated bound volume containing eight monographs from Sturm’s series of commentaries on the writings by master architect Nicolaus Goldmann, offering "complete instructions" on civil architecture and engineering. Folio (332 x 207 mm). German type. Modern half leather; (some toning or browning of text leaves, occasional light to moderate foxing on plates). Contents: 1) Vollständige Anweisung, Grosser Herren Palläste . . . schön und prächtig anzugeben. Augsburg: 1718. 84 pages. 36 plates of architectural plans, aerial and façade views, 14 folding. (dampstain along top edge of text leaves). 2) Auffrichtige Entdeckung des zu Auffnahm der Länder und Commercien höchst-nützlichen Nivellirens oder Wasserwägens. Augsburg: 1720. [18] pages. 4 plates of architectural instruments. 3) Kurtze Vorstellung der gantzen Civil-Bau-Kunst. Augsburg: 1718. 32 pages. 11 plates of architectural design and construction, arches, facades, detailing (title browned). 4) Ein sehr nöthiges Haupt Stück der vollstandigen Anweisung zu der Civil-Bau-Kunst . von Land-Wohnungen und Meyereyen. Augsburg: 1715. 20 pages. 9 plates of houses, façades and aerial plans. Goldmann’s tract on civil architecture with in-text diagrams. 5) Vollständige Anweisung alle Arten von bürgerlichen Wohn-Häusern wohl anzugeben. Augsburg: 1721. 16 pages. 15 plates of homes and aerial plans. 6) Leonhard Christoph Sturms Vollständige Anweisung die Bogen-Stellungen nach der Civil-Bau-Kunst in allen Fällen einzutheilen. Augsburg: 1718. 18 pages. 19 plates of architectural façades and aedicules. Goldmann’s magnum opus. 7) Gründliche und Practische Unterweisung, wie man Fang-Schlaeussen und Roll-Bruecten.Augsburg: 1715. 28 pages. 8 plates of bridge construction. 8) Vollständige Muhlen Baukunst. Augsburg: 1718. [6], 35 pages. 51 plates of architectural plans and instruments. Woodcut chapter head and tail-pieces. Sound collected volume, in all with good plates. In 1721, Augsburg based Jeremias Wolff published a collection of tracts from the work known collectively as ‘Verneuerte Goldmann,’ a series of commentaries made by Leonhard Christoph Sturm on the works of Nicolaus Goldmann, a professor of mathematics and architecture at Leiden University. Sturm was a German author, architecture theorist, builder, and theologian. He published several architectural treatises in his lifetime before beginning to edit and comment on master architect Goldmann’s groundbreaking theoretical works. Wolff attempted to gather Sturm’s edits together posthumously; Sturm died about 4 years into the project and it took another 3 years to complete. Although the final make-up of the collection is variable, it has been said that "no two copies have been found to be exactly the same," this copy is an impressive compilation in content and illustration. It is very likely these tracts on civil architecture have been around each other for quite some time – they may have been intended to be bound in several volumes, as sometimes found. As mathematicians, Goldmann and Sturm go through great lengths for accuracy. Their mode of thought is analytical even if their procedure is a bit eclectic. The goal remains the same throughout, to offer a comprehensive and informative look at architectural theories across the ages. Sturm stresses "the constructive rationality" in architecture, which he believes finds its roots in the engineering of the Temple of Solomon. At the core, both authors sought to open up the possibility of a new and indeed "German" architectural order. These tracts concern town houses, public buildings, including schools and hospitals, gardens, and churches, and the elaborate Baroque engravings are of façades, instruments, and aerial views. Wolff was one of the best engravers of his time active in Augsburg until his death in 1724. Bookseller Inventory # LD11069

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