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Livre Nouveau ou Regles des Cinq Ordres d'Architecture ... [Bound with:] Recueil des plus Beaux Edifices anciens et Modernes

Paris: Chereau, 1761-[1767]. Two parts in one, folio. (17 x 11 inches). Engraved titles to each part, engraved dedication and 101 engraved plates (numbered 3-104; seven folding). With two additional folding plates of the interior of the Basilica de S. Pietro at the Vatican after Piranesi and the interior of St. Paul's Cathedral in London after Mueller, with numbering out of sequence from the above. Together, 106 engraved plates.

Contemporary calf-backed paper covered boards, with green vellum edges, worn with some loss to paper covering and splits at joints.

Provenance: Edmond C. Lincoln (booklabel)

Early folio edition of a classic 18th French work of architecture.

The first 30 plates are dedicated to the work of Vignola, followed by the second engraved title as above, with the remaining plates depicting a wealth of period rococo ornamentation, including pulpits, organs, chimneys, mirrors, furniture, doorways, gates, railings and more. "The plates are enlivened by charming groups of figures and rococo motives. Except the title-pages by Vasseur and Aveline, they were engraved by Chereau and Charpentier after designs of Babel, Blondel, Canuc, Chedel, Chevetot, Cochin, Cuvilliés, Huquier, Mansart, Martinet, Marvi, Meissonier, Oppenort, Pannini, Piranesi, Poulleau, Soubeyran and others" (Fowler). Various folio editions of this work were published as early as 1757 by Charpentier and followed by Chereau, with great variation in the number and states of plates, suggesting that copies were issued by publishers or booksellers based on the availabilty of plates.

Cohen-de Ricci 1016; Fowler 379; Berlin Cat. 2420; Millard 162 (Charpentier edition).

Item #38428

Price: $2,750.00