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Bullet, (Pierre)

Architecture pratique, qui comprend la construction générale & particulière des bâtimens… avec une explication et une conférence de trente-six articles de la coutume de Paris sur le titre des servitudes & rapports qui concernent les bâtimens, & de l’Ordonnance de 1673. Edition nouvelle, revue & corrigé avec soin: considérablement augmentée… par M***, Architecte, ancien Inspecteur-Toiseur de Bâtiment.

Paris, “chez les Libraires Associés” 1768.

Reference: 8178
Price: £595 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. xxxii + 616pp, (13) engraved plates (4 of which folding), folding printed table. Contemporary full calf, gilt spine, one corner slightly bumped, slightly rubbed at extremities and chipped at head and foot of spine. Some light internal browning.

A revised and greatly enlarged edition of this well-known text book on the costing of building work by the Parisian architect Pierre Bullet (1639-1716), first published in 1691. The extensive revisions incorporated in this edition had first been made in an edition of 1755 by the Parisian architect Cosme Louis Briard-Descoutures, prepared by him, remarkably enough, while serving a sentence in the Bastille for operating a clandestine printing press. The only edition of this title held in the British Architectural Library is one of 1732 (BAL Cat 491), in the note to which the authorship of the revisions made to these later editions is wrongly attributed to two separate Italian architects, as a result of a complete misunderstanding by the compilers of the the BAL Catalogue of a footnote in Comolli’s Bibliografia Storico-Critica dell’Architettura.