Titre : Recueil élémentaire d'architecture contenant...
Reliure : Hardcover
Paris, chez l'auteur, 1757-1768, 1772-1780, bound in 6 vols in-folio, 40 x 26 cm, volume one; title + engraved ''table générale'' to the eight volumes + 72 copper engraved plates, title of vol.II + plates 73-144; volume two; title to vol.III + plates 145-216, title to vol IV + plates 217-288; volume three ;title to vol V + plates 289-360, title to vol VI + plates 361-432; volume four; title to vol.VII + plates 433-504, title to vol.VIII + plates 505-600. Supplements; volume five; title to supplement + plates ii-clxxx (in all 180 plates) ; volume six; plate clxxxi (which serves as title to the second supplement) + plates clxxxii - ccc + engraved list ''catalogue des cahiers)(in all 121 plates). Complete, 910 engravings of which 8 titles and two index leaves which are unnumbered. Collation identical to the Millard copy (Nr.123) except that in our copy the supplements are bound differently. The Millard copy Supplement I. consists of a title and 150 plates numbered I-CL. In our copy the title is numbered plate I. Bound in 6 uniform half leather volumes, with marbled boards, raised gilt back. Some wear at he extremities, most corners slightly bumped, some marbled paper missing, but in all a fine set with the plates finely printed on stainless and strong paper. Ex-library copy with on the upper left corner of the front cover a label;''Boekerij van het Genootschap Mathesis Scientiarum Genitrix Leiden''. On the inside a label; (from the library of I.La Lau). (See Milliard 123, Berlin Catalogue 2599, Cohen/de Ricci 750-751). Jean François de Neufforge (Liège-Belgium 1714 - Paris 1791) conceived the plan for this vast undertaking in 1755. It was finished in 1780 and ruined the author. According some authors (e.g. Wend von Kalnein) this publication is the most important theoretical work of the period. Neufforge built little or nothing himself, his powers of invention being channelled into the creation of these 900 designs, allmost all engraved by himself. Published with the approval of the Paris Academy, they demonstrate the fusion of the French academic tradition with the growing interest in antiquity, and so became a major influence in the growth of neo-classicism. (Weinreb cat. 44). N° de réf. du libraire 16838
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