Histoire d’une forteresse.
Paris, J.Hetzel et Cie nd (1870s).
8vo. Colour frontispiece, (4) + 368pp, 86 woodcut ills (of which 32 are on plates additional to the pagination, including some partly coloured plans). Contemporary quarter morocco, marbled boards, outer corners worn. Jill Allibone’s copy, with her bookplate. Previously in the stock of the Weinreb firm, with their acquisition code for September 1969.
One of Viollet-le-Duc’s architectural novelettes, in which each chapter deals with an episode in the history of the fictional Château de la Roche-Pont, from the château’s pre-Roman origins to its siege by the Allied armies in January – March 1814. Viollet-le-Duc’s profound interest in fortification and in the techniques of siege warfare, based on his own experience during the Franco-Prussian war, make this rewarding reading.