Architecture Françoise, ou Recueil des Plans, Elevations, Coupes et Profils des Eglises, Maisons Royales, Palais, Hôtels & Edifices les plus considérables de Paris
Paris: Charles-Antoine Jombert, 1752-56. 4 volumes, folio. Engraved title vignettes in the first two vols. 499 engraved plates (many folding or double-page).
Contemporary mottled calf, period marbled endpapers.
A tour-de-force of illustrated French architecture.
Millard refers to this work as "a valuable, extensive, written and visual record of France's architectural past" with illustrations depicting "a vast repertory of monumental and domestic buildings" (Millard). Following introductory remarks on the history of architecture and comments on building styles, materials and related matters, the work is divided into geographical areas: volume one includes sections on the Faubourg Saint Germain; volume two on the buildings of the Luxembourg, Cité and the Marais quarters; volume three treating Saint Denis, Saint Honoré and the Palais Royal; and the final volume on the Louvre, Tuileries and Versailles. Published between 1752 and 1756, additional volumes were planned but not published. Rarely found complete, as here, bibliographies differ in the counting of plates due to several instances of multiple plates being on the same sheet, most often with identical numbering to each of the images on the same sheet. This example with plates numbered 1-499.
Millard 28; Berlin Kat 2510; Brunet I:977.