L’architecture en Portugal. Melanges historiques et archéologiques.
Paris, Ernest Thorin 1870.
8vo. 58 + (2)pp. Contemporary quarter calf, marbled boards (binding by Stroobants), original printed wrappers bound in. No.1 of 25 numbered copies on “papier de fil.” (there were also 200 unnumbered copies on ordinary paper, and 5 numbered copies on “vélin”).
A scarce little book which provides a summary account of architecture in Portugal from prehistoric times onwards, concentrating for the most part on such well-known buildings as Batalha, Belem and the royal palace at Mafra, but including four useful pages devoted to the architectural work of the author’s friend and contemporary, the architect Juan Possidonio Narciso da Silva, responsible for additions and embellishments to several of the palaces belonging to the Portuguese royal family. The book’s author, Charles Lucas (1838-1905), was himself a practising architect in Paris. It is not very often that we have had through our hands a copy of a book which is, as here, no.1 of a limited edition.