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Caumont, (Arcisse) de

Définition élémentaire de quelques termes d’architecture.

Paris, Derache 1846.

Reference: 14120

Full Description

8vo. 168pp, many woodcut text ills. Publisher’s printed wrappers. An untrimmed copy.

By 1846 there was still no reliable illustrated glossary of French Romanesque and Gothic architecture comparable to John Henry Parker’s glossary of English mediaeval architecture, and this publication, by the distinguished French mediaevalist Arcisse de Caumont, is an attempt to fill the gap. It was originally published in the Annuaire of the Association Normande, with rather pleasing woodcut text illustrations, and this is a reissue of the sheets as a separate pamphlet. In both its periodical form and in its pamphlet form it is scarce. We have had one previous copy through our hands (Cat 21, item 22), which lacked the half title leaf, present here.