Erst- und Originalausgaben zur Architektur-, Kunst- und Design-Geschichte
Lexikon, Penther

Penther, Johann Friedrich.

Ausführliche Anleitung zur Bürgerlichen Bau-Kunst enthaltend ein Lexicon Architectonicum ... 2. Auflage. 4 parts bound in 2 volumes.

Augsburg, Lotter für Pfeffel, 1762-71. With 4 engraved frontispiece, engraved vignette and 237 folding engraved plates.

34,5 x 22 cm. Contemporary half calf with spine label and gilt back.


Johann Friedrich Penther (1693-1749) was a practising architect and university lecturer, who was responsible for a number of innovative designs, including that of the Operahouse at Hanover (shown in pl.78-80 in vol. IV). The first volume comprising a vocabulary of Italian, French and German architectural terms. The following ones are dealing with all types of building, therefore are several tables depicting German contemporary castles or manors.

“The most substantial treatise of civil architecture by a German writer." British Arch. Libr. 2482. Lit. Jörg Biesler, Baukunstkritik. Deutsche Architekturtheorie im 18. Jahrhundert, Berlin 2005. Hans Reuther, Johann Friedrich Penther. Ein Göttinger Architekturtheoretiker des Spät-barock. In: Niederdeutsche Beiträge zur Kunstgeschichte, Bd. 20 (1981), S. 151-176. Ornamentstich-Slg. Berlin 2013.

Slightly browned, hardly soiled, partly with some vertical creases, altogether a good copy. Plates 37-39 of vol. IV erroneously bound-in after plate 42. 

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