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Very Good in Near Fine dust jacket. 0670349720. Publisher; s full brown cloth, gilt lettering on spine and cover. Illustrated with 45 color plates and 245 B&W photographs. The Great Houses Of Paris is an exquisitely illustrated history of the grand town houses known as "Hotel Particuliers." They are considered to be the equivilent of the Italian Palazzi. This work examines their rise and near fall from the Middle Ages, through the Second Empire. All of them are now Historic Residences. Size was not a crucial criterion for these sumptous town houses to be designated "Hotel Particulier, " but, rather an owner's rank and wealth. This work is most successful in tracing the social and political history in which these mansions survived. Indeed, many notables graced the grand salons, such as Thomas Jefferson, And Madame De Pompadour, and with this book we can get a glimpse into the past and how these people lived. Today, few of these grand houses remain in private hands, and many have been turned into luxurary apartments. Overall, A highly important work that makes a first-rate contribution to the history of Architecture. Moderate foxing on endpapers and edges only, else fine; tight, square, and otherwise clean, all text and illustrations clean and bright. The unclipped dust jacket is is only slightly worn at the head of the spine, else fine. A large, heavy book-additional shipping charges may apply. VERY GOOD/NEAR FINE. Color and B&W Photographs. 4to 11"-13" tall. 280 pp.
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