Title: Album of Original Pen-and-Ink Drawings by a ...
Publisher: probably 1857-1860, Aix-en-Provence
Publication Date: 1857
Book Condition: Near Fine
Marbled paper over boards, backed in red sheep, gilt-stamped lettering in spine compartments; 311 x 230 mm; contains 70 double-page pen-and-ink drawings (open, they measure 311 x 445 mm), some enhanced with ink wash or watercolor, each with the artist's name and the professor's signatures (4 signatures in all). Boards and spine rubbed and scuffed; top corner of front board lacking. Contents are very near fine -- just some light foxing and a few small spots of soiling. Highly skilled technical drawings by Michel Clement, a student at the École Impériale d'Arts et Métiers d'Aix. The period of training was set at three years, with the first year devoted to arithmetic, geometry and drawing; the second year to descriptive geometry, trigonometry and mechanical drawing (of both stationary and moving parts); and the third year to industrial mechanics and advanced drafting techniques. This album affords a fascinating glimpse into the type and extent of the skills required of graduates of French technical schools in the mid-19th century. The course in design (cours de dessins) is structured, and presented here, in 4 sections: Troisieme division, premiere annee; deuxieme division (these drawings dated 1858-1859); deuxieme annee; and premiere division. The drawings include ornements (6), architecture (6), lavis (4), lever a l'equerre (1), echelles (1), epures (5), boulons et rivets (2), assemblages (1), geometrie descriptive (22), cinematique (5), organes de machine (3), topographie (2), machine outil (1), engrenages (6), machine a vapeur (1), treuil (1), machine a vapeur (2), hydraulique (1). Bookseller Inventory # D11024
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