Fair. Tome Premier ONLY (of 2). frontis, 44 plates (many folding), xvi, 198 plus 44 plates (many folding) bound in at end. Old leather. 28cm. Covers heavily pitted and worn. Both covers detached. Contents sound and clean with only minor foxing. All edges red. French text. This copy has no half-title or errata slip and we see no evidence that the headpiece on the Dedication is signed by Marvie so we assume that this is the Second Issue of the First edition.
BLONDEL, Jacques-Francois. DE LA DISTRIBUTION DES MAISONS DE PLAISANCE, ET D LA DECORATION DES EDIFICES EN GENERAL. Volume I. Paris: Charles-Antoine Jombert, 1737-1738. 4to. Contemporary calf. Frontispiece, (viii), xvi, 198 pages, 44 engraved plates, most folding. First edition. [Fowler, 49; Millard, French Books, 25]. Rare: two copies cited by OCLC in addition to the Fowler and Millard copies. Blondel was the most significant French architectural historian of the eighteenth century. He transformed country house design from being based sol on size and economic class. Volume I examines house design. A Volume II was later published concentrating on exterior ornaments, interior decoration, and gardens. Binding restored.
Contemporary French cat's paw calf, edges stained red. Very good. 2 vols. 198 & 180 pages. 28.5 x 21.2 cm. 155 engraved plates, title page printed in red and black, engraved frontispiece and 44 engraved plates in Vol. 1 (42 folding); 111 engraved plates in Vol. 2 (12 folding), numerous engraved head and tail pieces and initials in the text. First edition, second issue lacking half titles, errata slips, and with Jombert's address as "Rue Dauphine" of Blondel's first published book. Vol. I includes many architectural designs for houses and Vol. II describes both interior and exterior ornaments, as well as garden plans. FOWLER 49. "Blondel was the most significant French architectural educator of the eighteenth century.....his objective was to establish design principles for domestic architecture that correspond to the classical principles already in practice for civil structures." [see: MILLARD p25]. FOWLER notes, "The fine plates were both drawn and engraved by the author, except for a few at the end of Volume II, on which he received help. The allegorical frontispiece and some of the head and tailpieces were engraved by Cochin. This work deals in great detail with the country house and its garden." BERLIN CATALOGUE 2400. BRUNET I, p.977. CICOGNARA 35. Raised bands, leather spine labels, spine panels richly decorated in gilt, marbled endpapers, interior contents [plates and text] clean, moderate extremity wear.
De La Distribution des Maisons de Plaisance, et de la Decoration des Edifices en General, by Blondel, Jacques-Francois, Vol I: 1737, Vol II: 1738 published by Charles-Antoine Jombert, Paris. Both volumes in their original full leather boards with spines of both volumes professionally restored, text in French. Vol I: 198pp & 44 illustrations, vol II: 180pp & 98 illustrations. Blondel was a very influential architect/historian in France, his work, architectural creations & theories still being shown & widely quoted. The illustrations are (mostly) extremely impressive. Vol I deals with house design, Vol II the use of exterior ornamentation, interior decoration and gardens. Previous owner name. One of the few remaining sets in (near) original binding, combined weight 12 lbs.
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