On the Art of Building in Ten Books

On the Art of Building in Ten Books

By Leon Battista Alberti

Translated by Joseph Rykwert

With Neil Leach and Robert Tavernor





De Re Aedificatoria, by Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472), was the first modern treatise on the theory and practice of architecture. Its importance for the subsequent history of architecture is incalculable, yet this is the first English translation based on the original, exceptionally eloquent Latin text on which Alberti's reputation as a theorist is founded.


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262010993 470 pp. | 6.875 in x 10 in


$60.00 X ISBN: 9780262510608 470 pp. | 6.875 in x 10 in


Joseph Rykwert, Neil Leach, and Robert Tavernor.


  • Brilliantly translated...Rykwert and his team have restored the pleasures of Alberti's writing for English readers...This undoubtedly deserves to become the standard English translation.

    Anthony Hughes

    Times Literary Supplement

  • This English edition surpasses the earlier one in a number of significant ways...It will no doubt soon find a place on all architectural reading lists, and deservedly so.

    Paul Davies

    Art History


  • A new and valuable resource which immediately relegates to the category of a curiosity Rykwert's earlier republication of James Leoni's translation...Now all those involved with architecture...can listen to Alberti and find that be has much to say that will interest them.

    John Onians

    Building Design