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Bulletin Archéologique (du Comité Historique des Arts et Monuments)

Paris, 1843-53 (but covers period 1838-53).

Reference: 9785
Price: £450 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. 8 vols bound in 7 (lacking pp 405-536 of vol.3). Contemporary quarter calf (bindings not uniform).

The Comité Historique des Arts et Monuments, a committee reporting to the French Ministry of Public Instruction, included among its members the Comte de Montalembert, Léon de Laborde, Charles Texier and the architect Albert Lenoir, and had as its secretary the Gothic Revival publicist Victor Didron. It played an important part in the movement for the preservation of French historical monuments, and its reports and minutes provide a full contemporary record of its activities. It should be noted that although the title page of the first volume carries the date 1843, this volume contains the committee’s annual reports for the years 1838 and 1839, and full accounts of its meetings from 1840 onwards.