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Viollet-le-Duc, (Eugène Emmanuel)

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

Paris, B. Bance 1858, 1859, 1859, (nd), 1861, 1863 ; Paris, A. Morel 1864, 1866, 1868, 1868.

Reference: 6693
Price: £640 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. 10 vols. (2)+xvi+506+(2)pp ; (2)+544+(2)pp ; (2)+512+(2)pp ; (2)+563+(3)pp ; (2)+456+(2pp ; (2)+570+(2)pp ; (2)+319+(3)pp ; (2)+554pp ; 437+(1)pp, litho frontispiece. Uniformly bound in contemporary quarter green calf, rubbed at corners and head and foot of spines, occasionally chipped, some vols rebacked using original spines. Light dampstain on upper right-hand corner of first 12 leaves of first volume. Some intermittent light foxing and spotting. 19th century bookplates and labels of Thomas Speakman, architect, Manchester.

A set of Viollet-le-Duc’s great Dictionnaire, which came out in ten separate volumes between 1854 and 1868. 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. Of this set two volumes are early reissues, the others first editions.