Les habitations ouvrières et les constructions civiles.
Paris, Eugène Lacroix nd (1873).
8vo. (4) + (60)pp, numbered (307)-320, (63)-68, (263)-273, (158)-168, (131)-158, (13) irregularly numbered litho plates (of which 11 are folding), (8) + (10)pp publisher’s adverts. Publisher’s printed wrappers (with a woodcut illustration of the publisher’s business premises on the back cover), a little torn and abraded at outer margins. A clean, fresh and partly unopened copy.
A rare publication on working-class housing, bringing together in collected form articles previously written for the periodical Annales du Génie Civil by Comte Louis Alexandre Foucher de Careil (1826-1891), a philanthropic aristocrat, and by Lucien Puteaux (1832-1896), an “architecte-constructeur” who had developed the Batignolles district of Paris and was a member of Paris’s municipal council under the Second Empire and Third Republic. The volume’s periodical origin accounts for its complex pagination, retained from part publication in successive periodical issues, and for the very irregular numbering of the plates, but the respective articles by Foucher de Careil and Puteaux provide a good overview of contemporary projects for working-class housing within France and of the examples of working-class houses erected for display at the International Exhibition held in Paris in 1867.