Notes and sketches of an architect taken during a journey in the north-west of Europe. Translated from the French … by John Peto.
London, Sampson Low 1876.
8vo. xviii + 403 + (1)pp, 214 woodcut ills, of which 9 are full-page plates additional to pagination. Publisher’s decorative gilt cloth, slightly bumped at extremities of spine. Ink presentation inscription to “Willm. & Johnson from Thos. Jeffries with best wishes 17th November 1882” on front free endpaper. Roderick Gradidge’s copy (booklabel).
Felix Narjoux was one of the official architects of the City of Paris, and this account of a tour by him through Holland, North Germany and Denmark, all of it unfamiliar territory to French architects of his generation, is of interest for his aesthetic reactions to the characteristic buildings of each country. This was also one of the few books by a French architect other than Viollet-le-Duc to be translated into English at this date, with the result that it attracted much more attention in English-speaking countries than might have been expected.