Title: Cours d’architecture qui comprend les Ordres...
Publisher: Charles-Antoine Jombert, Paris
Publication Date: 1760
Book Condition: Very Good+
4to (272 x 206mm). [lvi], 447pp. 163 full-page, folding and in-text copper-engraved plates, most numbered. Text in French printed within borders, engraved tail-pieces. Near contemporary French calf, gilt spine, marbled endpapers; (some marginal staining, not affecting text, titled lightly browned; some plates with creases, otherwise excellent). Augustin-Charles d’Aviler, French architect, wrote a treatise with commentary on the Italian architects Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola (1507-1573) and Michelangelo Buonarotti (1475-1564) that was first published in 1691. Aviler’s explanations were considered so satisfactory that they have been adopted in all the best French dictionaries subsequently published. As was the basis of this copy, the improved edition of Aviler’s treatise was first published by Pierre-Jean Mariette in 1738, with the publisher’s fine engraved plates, and to which is prefixed a biographical notice of Aviler. To enlarge Aviler’s work, Mariette classified building structure and codified architectural drawing practice. The engravings in Mariette’s editions improved this popular study of architecture which was reprinted several times in the 18th century. Mariette was born to a long-established and highly successful family of engravers, book publishers and printsellers. He later became a collector of and dealer in old master prints, a renowned connoisseur, especially of prints and drawings, and a chronicler of the careers of French Italian and Flemish artists. Mariette remained a central figure in the artistic culture of Paris for several decades. Mariette’s architectural engravings in the Rococo style are large full plates that are beautifully printed; they are intrinsically linked to this cornerstone work. A classic Enlightenment-era copy rarely found in near contemporary binding. Bookseller Inventory # D4111
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