Viollet-le-Duc, (Eugène Emmanuel)

Dictionnaire raisonné de l’architecture Française du XIe au XVIe siècle.

Paris, V(euv)e A.Morel 1873 (vol.1), 1874 (vol.2), A.Morel 1868 (vols 3-6), 1869 (vols 7, 8), V(euv)e A.Morel 1870 (vol.9), A.Morel 1868 (vol.10).

Reference: 08880
Price: £480 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. 10 vols. Photogravure portrait frontispiece, (4)+xvi+506pp ; (4)+544pp ; (4)+512pp ; (4)+509 + (1)pp ; (4) +563+(1)pp ; (4)+456pp ; (4)+570pp ; (4) +523 + (1)pp ; (4)+552pp ; (440)pp. Contemporary quarter red morocco, marbled boards, spines of some volumes slightly abraded at head and foot. Preliminary leaves and last leaves in each volume somewhat spotted. Ownership inscriptions of Susan Babington Smith.

A set of Viollet-le-Duc’s great Dictionnaire, originally published in ten volumes between 1854 and 1868, but here in a slightly later mixed date reissue. It sets out his knowledge and opinions on French medieval architecture in all its aspects, and one has only to turn to his articles on “construction”, “flèche”, “restauration”, “tour” and so on to see how deeply he had thought about Gothic architecture both as a style of the past and a style for his own time. Vol.10, the index volume, is here in its original printing, incorporating blank pages on which the reader was expected to add additional index entries of his or her own. Although the imprint dates on the volumes vary, the set is in an uniform binding evidently dating from the mid 1870s, and it is likely that it was put together by the publishers from whatever sheet stock they possessed at that date.