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Lenoir, Albert

Architecture monastique.

Paris, Imprimerie Nationale 1852 ; Imprimerie Impériale 1856.

Reference: 536
Price: £180 [convert currency]

Full Description

4to. 2 vols. (4)+xix+(1)+403+93)pp, 4 engr plates, 301 woodcut text ills ; (4)+562pp, 266 woodcut ills numbered 302-567. R.W. Schultz’s copy, in publisher’s printed boards, rather worn, with a letter from Lenoir and a presentation letter from the French Ministry of Public Instruction enclosed, but the copy itself rather browned and spotted internally.

The basic mid-19th century French treatise on monastic architecture, written by Albert Lenoir, whose father had been in charge of the Musée des Monuments Français in Paris during the revolutionary period. Lenoir’s text is a summary of current knowledge on the subject, at its strongest when discussing French monasteries but also glancing towards Italy, England and the Near East. Where he cites such Parisian establishments as St Germain des Prés and St Martin des Champs he draws on his own specialist field of knowledge, for he was also responsible for a grandiose but uncompleted project for publishing descriptions and illustrations of Paris’ mediæval buildings, of which plates only were published under the title Statistique Monumentale de Paris in 1867.